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Crown Point man dies after arguing with brother

Victim’s brother facing second-degree murder charges

State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert Lafountain and Assistant Zone Commander  Patrick Ryan for the New York State Police hold a press conference at the Crown Point Fire House on June 19.

State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert Lafountain and Assistant Zone Commander Patrick Ryan for the New York State Police hold a press conference at the Crown Point Fire House on June 19. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— A Crown Point man died a day after his brother allegedly shot him.

Russell Lang, 63, was pronounced dead at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington due to a single gunshot wound to the head.

On June 19, Essex County Emergency dispatch received a call from David Lange, 70, at approximately 2:50 p.m. reporting that his brother, Russell, had been shot at the Lang Family Farm, where they lived together on 325 Lake St.

State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert Lafountain said that David had admitted to the shooting during the 911 call.

David is currently being held, without bail, for second-degree attempted murder charges. Pending an arraignment at 5 p.m. June 20, District Attorney Kristy Sprague said her office plans to upgrade the charges to second-degree murder charges.

“What’s important to note here is he’s innocent until proven guilty, so we need to make sure we keep that out there,” Sprague said. “Our job is to prove the case and that’s what I plan to do.”

David will be arraigned at the Crown Point Court House. Second-degree murder charges, or intent to kill someone and the result is death, carries a 25 to life maximum sentence, Sprague said.

An autopsy will be performed by the Vermont Medical Examiner's Office in the near future.

Sibling altercation

Russell was transported to Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga with a single gunshot wound to the head on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 19. He was later airlifted to Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, where he died.

David was taken into police custody without incident following their arrival on the scene.

When emergency responders arrived at the farm, they found both brothers in the driveway of the home. A .22 Magnum rifle was later located and secured by police and is believed to be the murder weapon.

David appeared to be unharmed, according to Lafountain, though police are currently investigating if alcohol played a part in the incident.

Lafountain said a verbal altercation had taken place prior to the shooting, and the incident remains under investigation. At this time, he said law enforcement can only speculate the circumstances that led to the shooting.

Police were assisted by the state Violent Crime Investigation Team, Forensic Investigation Team and aerial searches were conducted to look over the 90-acre property.

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