Ongoing neighbor dispute leads to deadly shooting

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- Neighbors tell 3TV a deadly shooting in the middle of a busy road Wednesday was the culmination of an ongoing dispute between two neighbors.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.

Late Wednesday, they identified the shooter as Kenneth Kammes, 49, and the victim as Jordan Sirhan, 23.

The two lived just one house away from each other in Apache Junction.

"I'm sorry that it came to this. I am truly sorry," said neighbor Marilyn Krencik.

The issues between these two have been going on for a year.

According to court documents, Kammes told sheriff's detectives he was being harassed by Sirhan and that it started last November over $200 Sirhan owed him.

"If it wasn't trash building, trash dropping, dog pooping or rock throwing, whatever the incident was, Kenny did his very best to ignore it," she said.

Sirhan's family says it was the other way around, that it was Kammes who was doing the harassing and that they don't know anything about a $200 debt.

Whoever instigated it, we know that police were called often.

Apache Junction police confirmed to 3TV today they went out to the homes eight times in the last 10 months for various complaints, but they said they were all minor issues and nothing violent.

Kammes told investigators things started Wednesday when Sirhan threw a cup at his windshield while he was driving. He said he then followed Sirhan and threw his own iced tea at Sirhan's car.

According to court paperwork, Kammes claims Sirhan then followed him and hit his car which spun him so that the vehicles were parallel on Broadway Road.

At that point, he told them he heard what he believed was a gunshot, so he grabbed his gun, got out of his car and started firing at the driver's side window area of Sirhan's car.

"I think he reached his limit, and his limit was that he had to do something because no one else would," Krencik said.

Late Thursday afternoon, Sirhan's uncle told 3TV his nephew was the true victim in all this and that Kammes was the one doing all the harassing.

In an email, he said Sirhan was a responsible young man who was on his way to work Wednesday when Kammes chased him down. He added that no matter how things started Wednesday, how they ended is just not justifiable.

He also said they are working to get the charge increased from second- to first-degree murder because they believe this was premeditated on Kammes' part.

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