An 84-year-old Maplewood man fatally shot his son over a dispute about installing cable in the family home, according to charges filed Thursday.
Pang Se Vang, 84, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with second-degree murder in the death of his son, Chue Vang, 36.
Maplewood police responded to the family home in the 1800 block of County Road B East about 11:51 a.m. Monday, where they found Chue Vang dead in a hallway and Pang Vang bleeding from self-inflicted knife wounds to the chest and neck.
According to the complaint: Pang Vang called his pastor that morning and said he was upset that Chue Vang would not pay to install cable in the home. Chue Vang owned the home and lived with his parents and siblings. Father and son had argued, and Chue Vang told his father he could move out, the pastor told authorities.
Pang Vang’s wife said their son asked his dad to talk to his sons about any problems.
“I’m not talking with you kids,” Pang Vang said before closing himself off in his bedroom.
Chue Vang opened the bedroom door, said, “Dad!” and was shot once by his father, charges said.
Another son wrestled a rifle away from their father and family members fled the home.
“If you are not afraid of dying then come in and bother me,” Pang Vang told his wife when she confronted him in their bedroom. “If you are afraid of dying, then you better run away.”
Pang Vang eventually surrendered to police after telling them he would settle the dispute with his deceased son in the afterlife.
Pang Vang was treated at Regions Hospital for his injuries and booked at the county jail.