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Police: Shot fired during dispute over grass clippings

Three people were arrested and charged after an argument over grass clippings, according to the probable cause affidavit.

On October 4, Mishawaka Police were contacted by David Brown II and his wife, Shannan Brown. They told police earlier in the day they had a dispute with their neighbor, Laura Alexander, about grass being thrown on their car.

Alexander allegedly said her brother, Bryan Rich, had been at the house mowing the lawn, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The Browns then went to Love's Market to buy cigarettes, reports said.

When the Browns arrived at the market, Bryan Rich was in the parking lot.

Police said there was surveillance video from the parking lot.

David and Rich got into a verbal discussion, then start "shadow boxing," according to the probable cause affidavit.

Shannan pulled a bat from the trunk of her vehicle and gave it to David, reports said.

David pursued Rich while armed with the bat and Rich jumped into his car. Rich then armed himself with a .40-caliber handgun, reports said.

David retreated and Rich allegedly fired one shot in David's direction, reports said.

Rich left the parking lot and the Browns contacted police.

While talking to police, David denied swinging the bat at Rich.

Rich said he only fired a shot in the air, not at David, reports said.

Shannan, David and Bryan Rich were all arrested and charged with one count of criminal recklessness.

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