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Brawley man

October 21, 2001

shot to death

after son joins

family squabble

By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — What police say was a "pretend" fight resulted in some real gunplay Saturday morning as an 18-year-old man shot and killed his father at their home in the northwest corner of this city.

Brawley police Sgt. John Myers said Charles Hale, 59, and his wife Sandra Hale, age unavailable, were "play-acting, pretending to fight" around 10 a.m. Saturday in their home in the 300 block of West Driftwood Place when Sandra Hale accidentally kicked her husband.

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Though Myers did not know why the Hales were pretending to fight, he said the argument turned serious as Charles Hale became angry about being kicked.

As the two began fighting for real, their son, Frank Hale, 18, came out of his bedroom and joined the argument, Myers said.

Frank Hale returned briefly to his room and came back with a gun. He allegedly shot his father three times, twice in the upper right chest and shoulder area and once in the back of the neck, Myers said.

Charles Hale was taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley where an Imperial County Coroner's Office investigator was called to around 10:45 a.m.

Frank Hale did not try to flee the scene of the shooting, Myers said. As of mid-afternoon Saturday, police were questioning Frank Hale and were expected to arrest him on suspicion of murder, Myers said.

Though the gun used in the shooting was registered to Sandra Hale, it was considered Frank's, Myers said.

When asked what motivation Frank Hale may have had to shoot his father, Myers said he did not know and added the investigation is ongoing.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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