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    Brandywine man is charged with killing neighbor

    By Matt Zapotosky
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    As neighborhood disputes go, the ones between Ronald Ragland Sr. and Robert D. Mitchell were pretty trivial, neighbors said.

    Who could throw a bigger cookout? Whose lawn was in better shape? These were the kinds of concerns, neighbors said, that had the two men shouting across the street at each other from their Brandywine homes.

    But who could have foreseen this?

    On Sunday afternoon, the two men again got into a shouting match in their usually quiet neighborhood of single-family homes with spacious yards in southern Prince George's County, neighbors and police said. The dispute ended when Mitchell told Ragland, "Well, go ahead and do what you're gonna do," one neighbor said. About 20 minutes later -- when things seemed to have calmed down -- shots were fired, the neighbor said.

    Ragland is accused of fatally shooting Mitchell, 53, and wounding his 18-year-old son, also named Robert. The son, who neighbors say attends Gwynn Park High School, was expected to survive, police said.

    "They always went back and forth," said Shante Rice, 34, who lives down the street on Charm Court and heard and saw parts of the encounter. "For it to get that far like that, that was terrible."

    Ragland, 54, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and related counts, court records show. Officer Henry Tippett, a county police spokesman, said the two neighbors had been having regular arguments for the "past couple years." He said he was not sure what sparked the argument that preceded the shooting.

    "Apparently, they just didn't get along," Tippett said.

    Rice said Ragland appeared to have gotten a gun from his vehicle and fired it at a vehicle in which Mitchell and his son were riding. She said that when emergency crews arrived, Ragland's vehicle was parked at the end of his driveway with its trunk and door open. Paramedics had to remove the senior Mitchell from his vehicle before performing CPR.




    Rice said Ragland had run-ins with other neighbors. On one occasion, she said, Ragland asked her daughter why she was standing on a corner and then said, "Only hookers stand on the corner." Her daughter, Rice said, was waiting for a bus.

    "He was kind of belligerent," Rice said.

    Court records did not list a lawyer for Ragland, and family members could not be reached for comment. Neighbors said he lived with his wife.

    A woman in Mitchell's driveway who identified herself as his daughter said he was an Army veteran who was receiving disability payments. She declined to give her name or comment further. "We're all just trying to deal with it all," she said.

    Bonnie Davis, 50, who knew both men, said Ragland, a retired general contractor, commonly criticized others in the neighborhood for landscaping issues, and she said he was sometimes provoked by Mitchell's son, who she said would swear at him. The real problem, she said, was that when Mitchell and Ragland argued, neither was willing to back down.


    "Both of them had to have the last word," she said. "It's just sad."

    Mitchell's death capped a weekend of violence in the region. In less than 24 hours, 12 people were shot, three fatally, in nine incidents in the District and its Maryland suburbs.
    This is stupider than shooting your neighbor for dumping leaves...you just can't trust people.
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    I had to restrain my hands from posting the ''garbage day'' video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Croccer
    I had to restrain my hands from posting the ''garbage day'' video.
    I don't get it...

    I know the question, "So what're you going to do, shoot me?" is sort of asked when arguing over trivial matters...

    I don't think anyone ever expected to actually be shot...
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    so what two guys hatted each other and one put the other over the edge?

    BTW Croccer that is hilarious and just for kicks.

    also it is garbage day for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiljan Arslan View Post
    so what two guys hatted each other and one put the other over the edge?
    According to the story it had gone on for years...

    The guy shot the son too...

    BTW Croccer that is hilarious and just for kicks.

    also it is garbage day for me.

    I still don't get it...
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    Sorry, but I thought of hobbits shooting each other at first...

    Anyways, there is not much anyone could have done, at least legally. They didn't try to resolve their conflict and one guy choose to be an unreasonable dick and kill the other guy. Not much else to it, or at least thats they way it looks to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight_of_Ni View Post
    Sorry, but I thought of hobbits shooting each other at first...

    Anyways, there is not much anyone could have done, at least legally. They didn't try to resolve their conflict and one guy choose to be an unreasonable dick and kill the other guy. Not much else to it, or at least thats they way it looks to me.
    True.

    It's just so crazy, I'm pretty sure someone on these forums has a neighbor they don't quite get along with.

    But to think one of your annual arguments could end with "shots fired!"

    ...my neighbor tends to start watching TV, loudly, at precisely 2AM almost every night (or that's just when I notice it)...I've tried asking them to turn it down: 1st time I had the door slammed in my face; 2nd time i was told it'd be no problem; 3rd time I was basically told to buzz off...

    Do I need to bring the heater the next time it happens? Just in case...sheesh
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    One of my neigbors has made me want to come over and scream "Garbage Day!" before firing off a couple shotgun rounds.
    He lets his dogs run around the neighborhood off their leash, and I have a sneaking suspicion that they regularly take dumps on my front yard. I'm driving home one afternoon and his stupid poodle runs out into the road. He rushes out into the road too and starts shouting at me. I stop and ask, "what's the matter?" He starts cussing at me, telling me I'm driving too fast and that I almost killed his F'ing dog. Keep in mind I was driving the speed limit. That's when I told him to keep his mutt on a freaking leash.

    Not that I'm saying this is justified, but sometimes your neighbor can bully you and really push your buttons.

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    Heh, what's with that garbage day clip? Do I need to know the context of it to see why it's funny? Other than the horrible acting, the cheesy music and the fact the guy tried to block a bullet with a garbage can, I can't put together what makes it funny.

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    Yes, not quite Political Academy material, gents.

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    this is so random lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDMan477 View Post
    Heh, what's with that garbage day clip? Do I need to know the context of it to see why it's funny? Other than the horrible acting, the cheesy music and the fact the guy tried to block a bullet with a garbage can, I can't put together what makes it funny.
    It's from an awful 80s horror film called Silent Night Deadly Night 2. Later the killer puts on a santa suit and starts ax-murdering people. I think the reason it's funny is because it's supposedly one of the worst murder scenes in horror film history.

    The meme has also taken off, so you have people re-enacting "St Patrick's Day" (guy is lifting a beer keg instead of a garbage can), "Talk Like a Pirate Day" (killer is a pirate) and "Judgement Day" (Jesus kills people taking out the trash with lightning bolts).

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