|2/24/2017 11:36:00 AM|
Suspect calls 9-1-1 after fatal shooting, awaits arrest
A 42-year-old rural Lindstrom man was charged for fatally shooting his neighbor Wednesday, February 22. The victim Donn Johnson, 62, approached the suspect’s pickup truck in the midst of a confrontation over unauthorized vehicles on private land.
Johnson was found dead on the ground near his ATV when sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, on Lindo Trail, about 12:35 in the afternoon.
The shooter Carl Patrick Anderson, 42, had called 9-1-1 and waited in his truck for authorities to arrive.
According to the probable cause statement in court documents, Anderson and Johnson were alone on the road when the shooting occured. Johnson carried no weapon.
Anderson told deputies he had gone into town to buy decals for his ATV. At the bait shop he heard that the store had gotten a call from Anderson’s neighbor, Johnson, upset about the vehicles belonging to ice fishermen, who had been invited to use Anderson’s mother’s shoreline to access the lake. A bait shop employee suggested Anderson go advise everybody to move their vehicles and he said he would.
Arriving back at Lindo Trail Anderson noticed Johnson on a four-wheeler talking with a man, and then Johnson pulled up near to Anderson’s truck.
According to the investigation Anderson said the victim made a threatening remark and walked towards the truck. Anderson told deputies he had a 9mm handgun in the truck and as Johnson approached Anderson shot him.
Conditions of Anderson’s release on bail included not possessing a firearm, so Anderson has been advised his permit to carry is suspended. His next court appearance is April 19.