Charges: Maplewood man shot son after cable TV dispute


An 84-year-old man accused of shooting his adult son did so after an argument over cable TV, according to criminal charges filed today, WCCO reports.

Pang Se Vang, of Maplewood, was charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 36-year-old Chue Vang, the station says. Chue Vang was pronounced dead at the scene Monday; the Ramsey County Medical Examiner said a shotgun wound to the chest was the cause of death, WCCO reports.

According to the Pioneer Press, Pang Se Vang was on the phone with his pastor just prior to the shooting; police say the pastor claimed the dispute started over cable television. Chue Vang reportedly would not install cable in the Maplewood house, which he had recently bought, the criminal complaint says. Pang Se Vang then got upset, and Chue Vang responded by telling his father to move out if he was unhappy.

According to the complaint, Pang Se Vang then admitted to police he grabbed his hunting shotgun, loaded it, pointed it at Chue Vang and fired, the Pioneer Press reports.

KAAL TV says, after the shooting, police say Pang Se Vang stabbed himself and wanted to die.

According to the Pioneer Press, Pang Se Vang later told police he didn't want to settle the matter in a court, but rather with his son in the afterlife.

The victim's mother, brother and child were in the house at the time of the shooting; Pang Se Vang released all three when officers arrived, KAAL says.

A two-hour standoff followed. Police had been called a bit before noon and were told there had been a shooting, with the suspect still in the house. SWAT team members swarmed the area around the house, because police were wary of reports that there were weapons inside the home. Police attempted to contact the father by telephone and also through a public address system, using a Hmong-speaking Maplewood officer as their point of contact.

Pang Se Vang was then arrested at about 2 p.m. Monday after SWAT officers entered the residence, located in the 1800 block of County Road B East.

WCCO says Pang Se Vang was treated for stab wounds to his abdomen and neck. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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