Brothers jailed as gunfire erupts over dish-washing dispute
FLORIDA Gunfire erupted in a rural farmhouse Monday when two brothers got into a fight over dishes in the kitchen, 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 a release from the department.
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 then a scuffle ensued.
Police said Harold then pulled out a bolt-action, .22 caliber rifle and threatened Adam with it and a fist fight resumed before the rifle discharged inside the home.
The pair suffered minor injuries from the physical altercation.
State Police and Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies staged themselves at the end of the home's long driveway before making contact by telephone with Adam Lampkin, Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy Bradley Schaffer said.
Harold Lampkin ultimately came out of the house and both men were placed into custody 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, Schaffer said police confiscated other weapons.
"It is a dangerous situation," Schaffer said.
The two 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 information from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, Lampkin was charged in August 2011 with menacing 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 at the state Tax and Finance Child Support Enforcement office at the Morris Road home on Aug. 3.
Both Harold and Adam Lampkin were sent to the Montgomery County Jail to await a future appearance in Florida Town Court.