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Dad of 2 gunned down by neighbor over lawn mower joke: Reports

A Wisconsin man is accused of fatally shooting his neighbor — a community service officer — during a dispute Monday over grass clippings.

The Milwaukee Police Department said in a statement that a 65-year-old suspect was taken into custody shortly after Naeem Sarosh’s shooting death.

A neighbor told WMTJ that they overheard men arguing before one of them screamed, “I told you not to touch that.” A family friend claimed Sarosh, 35, was joking with his neighbor, who was mowing his lawn, about throwing grass clippings onto his property when the neighbor brandished a gun and opened fire.

The neighbor allegedly shot Sarosh four times as Sarosh grabbed his wife and attempted to flee.

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Sarosh had been a community service officer with Milwaukee police for four years. Reports indicated that community service officers are unarmed and respond to non-emergency calls.

Police reportedly said Sarosh was off-duty at the time of Monday’s incident.

The family friend said they were unaware of any strife between Sarosh and the neighbor. However, another neighbor told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Sarosh and the 65-year-old had ongoing issues.

Sarosh reportedly lived in the neighborhood for about four or five years. The suspect has lived in the area for decades but mostly kept to himself, the neighbor said.

The shooting is under investigation as a suspect homicide. Officials have not yet named the suspect.

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[Featured image: Naeem Sarosh/Milwaukee Police Department]