Man arrested in standoff; father found dead in house


A man suspected of killing his father yesterday surrendered to police officers who had surrounded the older man's home in Lutherville for several hours.

The father, John Raymond Kauffman, 66, was found dead in the garage of his home in the 100 block of Westbury Road shortly after the son stepped outside. Police arrested the son, and he was being interviewed by homicide detectives last night. No charges had been filed.

Neighbors said the 37-year-old son had moved into his father's house about six months ago.

Shortly after 8 a.m., a Glen Burnie man had called the Kauffman home about a meeting he and the father were to have there later in the day at the house, said police spokesman Shawn Vinson. The son answered the phone, Vinson said, and told the other man, "There is no use in you coming here. You called my father. My father is dead."

The man called county police, and the first officers to arrive tried to get into the house and make contact with the son. He refused to talk to them.

Tactical officers surrounded the two-story house, and police told neighbors to stay indoors during the ensuing standoff.

About 1 p.m., tear gas was fired into the house, and within minutes the son emerged and was arrested without further incident. Police entered the house and found the father dead in the garage, with injuries to the upper body, Vinson said.

Lucille D'Onofrio, a neighbor, said she called others during the standoff to find out what was going on. "The entire street is shocked and upset over what happened there," she said.

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