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Money led to man shooting father, police determine

Published September 12. 2011 08:28AM

Money led to the fatally shooting of a New Ringgold man by his son on Wednesday afternoon, police allege.

In the affidavit of probable cause filed by state police in the murder of Franklin Stumhofer Jr., 61, by his son, Franklin Stumhofer Jr., 39, troopers said the son asked his father for money and the father refused. The same motive was listed for the suspect shooting at three relatives following the murder.

In the affidavit troopers said Stumhofer Jr. told them he went to his father for money. The two men got into a yelling match and the father slammed the door on the son. At this point, troopers said, the son, of 57 Summer Valley Rd., Orwigsburg, fired three shots from a .45-caliber handgun into the door. The three struck the father killing him.

Police said after shooting his father at his home at 9 Log Lane, West Penn Township, the son got into his 1999 Dodge Durango and fled. Three relatives followed him.

Stumhofer pulled over along Port Clinton Avenue in Berks County, and got out of his vehicle and fired at the three relatives who were in a pickup truck. The three victims, who were not injured, were identified as Larry Glenn Miller, 42, of Hamburg, Samuel Stumhofer, 35, of Temple, and Blain Schneck, 19, no address given.

After that shooting Stumhofer fled into Hamburg. About 45 minutes after the shooting he turned himself in to state police at the Hamburg barracks.

Troopers also wrote that the suspect called his mother, Yong Stumhofer, on Wednesday morning asking her for money but she refused to give him any.

Then about 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Stumhofer and her husband heard banging on the front door of their home. The elder Stumhofer answered and it was his son. The two argued and the victim slammed the door.

Mrs. Stumhofer, who was seated in the living room, said she then heard three shots and saw her husband fall to the floor.

Stumhofer Sr. suffered gunshot wounds to the left side of his neck, upper right shoulder and middle left area of his back. He was pronounced dead at the scene by county coroner Joseph Lipsett.

Lipsett has scheduled an autopsy for this morning to be performed by Dr. Richard Bindie, chief pathologist at the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville.

Stumhofer Jr. has been charged with one count of criminal homicide, three counts of attempted homicide, four each of aggravated and simple assault and five of recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned before District Judge James Ferrier, of Orwigsburg, early Thursday morning and committed to the county prison in Pottsville without bail. A DJ can not set bail in a homicide case, it was noted.

Ferrier tentatively set a preliminary hearing date of Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.

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