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Man Charged for Discharging Firearm While Duck Hunting in Rural Dakota County

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that John Charles Killeen, age 48, of Vadnais Heights, has been charged* with one count of Intentional Discharge of a Firearm (a felony) in connection with shooting at a fellow duck hunter on November 29, 2012 in the area of Spring Lake near Hastings. 

The following is a summary of facts contained in the criminal complaint:

Officers spoke with a victim who stated that as he stopped his boat and began to throw decoys into the water he heard another hunter threaten him to leave the area.  Shortly after, a gunshot rang out and the victim observed bb’s bounce off the front of his boat. The victim lay down in his boat and used his cell phone to call 911.  The victim heard splashes on the shoreline and observed Killeen marching down the shoreline towards him.  The victim then heard a second shot which went in front of his boat.   Hunters in the area told investigators they heard arguing and then two shots.  Killeen was arrested and taken to the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, where he was interviewed. 

Additional facts pertaining to this case are at

Backstrom commented:  “Misuse of a gun in the manner alleged in the criminal charge is very disturbing.”

John Killeen will be summoned to court in connection with this criminal charge.  It is anticipated that his first court appearance will be scheduled in the next four to six weeks.   

If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.

*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt.  A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.