Family feud ends with gunfire, brothers charged

A gun was fired in a rural farmhouse Monday when two brothers got into a fight over dirty dishes, ac

A gun was fired in a rural farmhouse Monday when two brothers got into a fight over dirty dishes, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

Brothers Harold Lampkin Jr., 21, and Adam Lampkin, 19, both of 154 Morris Road in the town of Florida, were charged with second-degree menacing and second-degree reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors.

According to investigators, police got a call just after 3 p.m. from Harold Lampkin Jr., who told police his brother Adam threatened him with a shotgun for not getting the dishes done. He told police his brother told him to get out of the house and a scuffle ensued.

Police said Harold then pulled out a bolt-action, .22-caliber rifle and threatened Adam with it and the fistfight resumed before the rifle discharged inside the home.

The pair suffered minor injuries from the physical altercation.

State troopers and Montgomery County deputies staged themselves at the end of the home’s long driveway before making contact by telephone with Adam Lampkin, Montgomery County sheriff’s Inv. Bradley Schaffer said. Harold Lampkin ultimately came out of the house, and both men were arrested without further incident.

Schaffer said investigators found the shell casing inside the home, but the bullet itself lodged somewhere in the house and police couldn’t find it.

While in the home, police confiscated other weapons, he said. “It is a dangerous situation.”

The brothers were staying in the home without any supervision because their father, Harold A. Lampkin Sr., is serving a one-year sentence in the Montgomery County jail, Schaffer said. According to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Lampkin Sr. was charged in August 2011 with menacing of a police officer.

Witnesses at the time said Lampkin pointed a .22 caliber rifle at both Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Roberto Gracia and Patty A. Whitford, an employee of the state Department of Taxation and Finance’s Child Support Enforcement Office, at the Morris Road home Aug. 3.

His sons were sent to the Montgomery County jail to await a future appearance in Town Court.

Categories: Schenectady County

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