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74-year-old Burlington man charged with shooting neighbor

BURLINGTON, Ky. (Joe Webb) --74-year-old Patrick Ford was locked up in Boone County and charged with shooting his neighbor, Ricky Borchers, three times.

The shooting happened in a quiet, suburban neighborhood off Camp Ernst Road.  Steve Thomas showed Local 12 where his neighbor, Borchers, was weed eating last night when Thomas took his dog outside.

"I went back in the house and I barely got sat down and Rick was running up and holding his arms up. He said, 'He shot me! He shot me!' Blood was running down," said Thomas.
His wife called 911 and within minutes, Boone County deputies had arrested Borchers' other neighbor, Patrick Ford, and charged him with attempted murder.  Deputies said Ford shot Borchers in the hand, torso and leg while he was weed eating along the fence that separates their yards.

"It's the suspect's shrub on his side but it's growing through.  So we understand he was just cleaning up his side of the fence and perhaps that's what set Mr. Ford off," Tom Scheben said of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.
The property line, particularly the location of the fence, was a hot button with Ford.  It was nothing new.  What was new was gunfire in a neighborhood with lots of children.
Records showed Ford complained to deputies about Borchers in the past and the dispute went back six years or more.  In court Tuesday morning, August 26th, 2014, Ford argued for a reasonable bond.

He said, "I'm not guilty.  I've lived in northern Kentucky my entire life.  I was born at St. Elizabeth and 20th and Eastern. I'm not a flight risk."

The judge said she wasn't worried about Ford taking off but was more worried about public safety.  She ordered him held on a half-million dollar cash bond and ordered him to stay away from the victim and surrender any weapons.

Patrick Ford was also charged with tampering with evidence.  Deputies said he hid the gun in the house after the shooting.  They had to get a search warrant to recover it.

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