Junction City man, 80, to be charged following armed dispute with neighbor
An 80-year-old Junction City man is expected to be formally charged next Monday after deputies said he fired a gun in the direction of a neighbor that was gardening.
Henry Kaminski is free on a $5,000 cash bond.
According to a press release from the department, the incident took place at the 1100 block of Main Street in Junction City at 3:19 p.m. on March 6.
Portage County District Attorney Louis Molespske said the alleged victim said she was gardening when her neighbor, Henry Kaminski began yelling at her. She told deputies Kaminski went back into his home and returned with a firearm and shot it near her direction.
When deputies arrived on scene, they reported Kaminski had retreated into his home. He reportedly exited once, and fired two more rounds, then went back into the home.
No one was injured.
Deputies surrounded the home and evacuated neighbors in the area. The Portage County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team was called to the scene.
At approximately 5:54 p.m., Kaminski exited his home and was taken into custody by deputies without incident.
Deputies do not yet know the reason behind the dispute.
A sister-in-law of the alleged victim, Nhia Moua, said the family member involved felt scared for her life when she saw the gun.
"She put her hands like this. She speak Hmong and said please don't kill me and then he shot on the ground. Still in shock because they never thought it would be this much," Moua said.
Molespske said during Kaminski's arrest he told officer he felt there were too many Hmong people in Junction City. He also told officer he believed they hunted game-- sand hill cranes and deer out of season.
He said if the case is determined to be a hate crime there will be enhanced penalties.
Molespke tells NewsChannel 7 a search warrant was executed at Kaminski' home. He said deputies found a marijuana grow operation and images consistent will child pornography.
The Wisconsin State Patrol, Stevens Point Police Department, Portage County Ambulance, and Rudolph Fire Department and Emergency Medical Responders also responded to the scene.
Kaminski's court appearance has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on March 27.