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Man shoots, kills son with shotgun in Maplewood home
84-year-old father hospitalized with self-inflicted stab wounds
Police are investigating a case in which an 84-year-old man apparently shot and killed his 36-year-old son on Monday at the Maplewood home where they both lived. The father then barricaded himself in a bedroom as police tried to communicate with him for two hours.
Pang Vang, who reportedly stabbed himself in the chest and neck during the standoff, was transported to Regions Hospital in "critical condition," according to Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell.
His condition had improved by Tuesday morning.
SWAT teams enter house
Police received a report at 11:51 a.m. Monday that someone had been shot, and the shooter was still in the home. The house, along the 1800 block of East County Road B, is less than 200 feet from Maplewood City Hall, which houses the police station.
After police arrived, other family members, including a young child, the suspect's wife and another adult son, were able to leave the home, Schnell said.
The father, who reportedly shot his son, Chue Vang, during a disagreement that "escalated," refused to come out of the house when asked, Schnell said.
Police used a Hmong-speaking officer to communicate with the father.
The Ramsey County SWAT Team was summoned to the scene, as other guns and weapons were reportedly in the house at the time.
The SWAT team eventually entered the home.
Chue Vang was carried on a stretcher to an ambulance, where he was pronounced dead, Schnell said. His body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.
The death has been ruled a homicide and was caused by a shotgun wound to the chest, according to Schnell.
The father was found conscious, and taken on a stretcher from the house and transported to the hospital.
Schnell said charges could be filed against the father as early as Wednesday, after investigators finalize incident reports and submit them to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.
Pang Vang hasn't had previous run-ins with police, according to Schnell, but the father's relatives told police he has "made threatening comments towards family members" in the past.
The father had military experience, Schnell said. The family reportedly immigrated from Laos.
The house belonged to Chue Vang, Schnell said, and his parents lived there. According to a realtor listing, the house was purchased last year in July.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting Maplewood police with the investigation.
From less than a block away, a neighbor was among other passersby who watched dozens of SWAT Team members fill the busy street, which was blocked by squad cars and a fire truck during the standoff. Sandy Miller said nothing like this has happened in her neighborhood since she moved there 17 years ago.
"It is scary, knowing it was so close to home," she said.
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