Fresno father kills his own son, neighbors in shock

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Shocked Fresno residents are trying to figure out what made their normally quiet neighbors so upset on Sunday. (KFSN)

Shocked Fresno residents are trying to figure out what made their normally quiet neighbors so upset on Sunday.

The victim has been identified as 39-year-old Tom Yue of Fresno. Neighbors say Yue is married with one son, and his wife is pregnant with the second.

A neighbor heard the fighting all morning but didn't understand the conversation because they were yelling in Chinese. But after the gunfire she ran outside to see the chaotic and heartbreaking scene.

Samuel Yue was calm and cooperative when Fresno police officers arrested him Sunday in his front yard. Moments earlier, investigators say he fired several rounds that struck and killed his son, Tom Yue.

Hermine Piloyan lives next door and was the first to go out and see what was going on. The gunfire was followed by a distraught woman crying and begging for help.

Piloyan said, "When the gunshots stopped, I honestly heard the wife yelling and screaming for help and yelling to her husband please don't go, please don't leave me."

Investigators believe a family issue is what started the fight that witnesses say included a lot of hollering back and forth near the front porch. Neighbors say it never became physical, and they didn't feel the need to intervene. Police say in the past, they have never been called to the house for any domestic problems.

Piloyan was the first to confront the suspect seconds after the murder. He said, "The father was standing in the middle of the gate and I asked him what happened and he just point at his son, which was laying down on the floor without talking. He was kind of in shock. He did not say a word to me."

Fresno police say the victim's wife is pregnant and close to delivering the couple's second child. She was home during the disturbance and may hold the answer to many questions detectives have about the motive.

Lt. Joe Gomez with the Fresno Police Department said, "I know they have talked to her initially, but with murder cases, there's ongoing investigation where they firm it up with more statements obtained."

Several other family members were also home at the time of the murder, including the suspect's wife- who is also the victim's mother. The suspect was initially taken to the jail, but medical staff determined he was suicidal so he is currently at Community Regional Medical Center. Once he is cleared, he will be booked for murder.



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