Minn. man fatally shoots son over cable bill, then stabs self to fight son in the ‘afterlife’

By David Edwards
Monday, March 31, 2014 10:14 EDT
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A Minnesota man said last week that he fatally shot his son, and then tried to kill himself so they could continue the altercation in the “afterlife.”

WCCO reported that a criminal complaint filed on Thursday alleged that 84-year-old Pang Se Vang shot and killed his son, 36-year-old Chue Vang, last Monday after the son refused to pay to install cable television.

A second brother told police that he came downstairs after his mother heard gunfire, and found his brother apparently dead of a gunshot wound. The second brother said that he wrestled a shotgun away from the father, who retreated into his bedroom.

After police arrived, the suspect refused to leave his room, saying that he had stabbed himself in the chest.

The criminal complaint alleged that Vang admitted shooting his son, and stabbing himself because he “did not want to settle the issue in court. He would settle the dispute with his son when they reached the afterlife.”

Vang was eventually apprehended by members of the Ramsey County SWAT team, who found him covered in blood on the bedroom floor.

The suspect’s pastor told police that the son had said that the father could move out if he was angry about not having cable.

“What is alleged in the report is over a trivial thing and perhaps there were lots of things that were kind of building up and that led to this extraordinary criminal act of violence,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi explained.

Vang was charged with second-degree murder after being treated for stab wounds to his abdomen and neck. He was being held on $1 million bond. According to WCCO, he was thought to be the oldest person charged with murder in Ramsey County in the last 30 years.

Watch the video below from WCCO, broadcast March 27, 20124.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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