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Fight among neighbors erupts into gun battle

Fight among neighbors erupts into gun battle

Brock Mendes


POSTED June 22, 2012 10:15 p.m.

A neighborhood dispute that has been brewing for some time took a violent turn Thursday when two residents shot at each other.

Neither man was injured in the exchange of gunfire, but both were taken into custody. The incident did lead to the death of a dog.

The shootout began around 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the 700 block of Greenway Avenue. It’s unknown what sparked this last confrontation, but Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy Royjindar Singh said the two men have been engaged in an ongoing dispute with one another.

The sheriff’s department suspects Greg Nichaelson shot first at the home of Brock Mendes, who then shot at Nichaelson’s home. The sheriff’s department recovered a rifle and a handgun from the two homes.

Both the sheriff’s department and the Turlock Police Department responded to the scene and cordoned off the area.

While trying to gain access into the Mendes home, deputies were confronted by an aggressive dog. Singh said the owners made no attempt to reign in the dog. When pepper spray and bean bags fired from a shot gun failed to subdue the dog, a deputy fired his gun and killed the dog, Singh said.

The breed of the dog is unknown.

Mendes and Nichaelson were each booked into Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of brandishing a weapon, shooting into an occupied residence and assault with a deadly weapon. Both are out on bail, Singh said.

When the shots rang out there were about 45 kids working in the nearby Westside Ministries garden. All the children were ushered to safety.

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