Charges: Maplewood Man Killed Son over Cable TV Dispute

Updated: 03/28/2014 6:14 AM
Created: 03/27/2014 12:51 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

An 84-year-old Maplewood man accused of fatally shooting his 36-year-old son, which led to a standoff with police Monday, was charged with one count of second-degree murder.

Maplewood police say Pang Vang barricaded himself inside the home, located at 1860 County Road B, following the shooting of his son Chue Vang.

Chue Vang owned the home where the shooting occurred. Pang Vang and other family members live in his home.

Chue Vang's mother, brother and a child were inside the home at the time of the shooting. Pang Vang's wife asked him why they killed their son. He replied, "If you are not afraid of dying then come in and bother me. If you are afraid of dying then you better run away," according to the complaint. 

Police said Pang Vang let the three hostages out of the house when officers arrived.

According to the criminal complaint, Pang Vang had been on the phone with his his pastor shortly before the shooting. His pastor verified that Pang Vang had spoke with him, saying Pang Vang was upset that his son would not install cable in the home.

Pang Vang admitted that he had an argument with his son, grabbed his hunting shotgun, and shot his son, according to the complaint.

During the standoff an officer spoke with Pang Vang on the phone. Pang Vang told the officer he could not come out of the home because he had stabbed himself and he "wanted to die," according to the complaint.

Pang Vang agreed to hold his hands up to a window so SWAT officers could find him in the home. He was taken to Regions Hospital where he was treated for the apparent self-inflicted stab wounds.

Chue Vang was pronounced dead at the scene.

“While the suspect’s arrest and transfer to custody is fitting and appropriate, the conclusion is not likely to bring solace to the family who lost a son, brother, and uncle to a senseless act of violence,” said Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell.

Pang Vang faces a maximum sentence of 40 years.

Photo: KSTP

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