A roommate has been killed over pork chops in a shocking incident this week. Two roommates reportedly got into an argument about how to prepare pork chops, but things quickly escalated and climaxed with one roommate shooting and killing the other.
The suspect has been charged with second-degree murder as police confirmed that the other resident in the apartment had been shot and killed.
According to police, Thomas Mathew Hahn, 55, of May Avenue, is believed to have shot his 35 year old roommate sometime after 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday night.
The pair allegedly argued before Hahn obtained his .22 caliber Ruger rifle and allegedly shot his roommate in the head twice.
According to reports, Hahn has told police that his roommate had come home drunk at 10 p.m. and had argued with him about dinner and specifically about pork chops. He also admitted that they have had a heated relationship in the past, and in previous arguments had become physical with one another.
Police have refused to publicly name the victim as they were still attempting to contact the next-of-kin to inform them of the death.
Hahm has denied murder, and has said he acted in self defense. However, police have charged him with second-degree murder after two other roommates gave their accounts of what had happened. They allege that there was no immediate struggle between the pair, and that Hahn had gone to his room to obtain his firearm before shooting his victim. It is alleged that there was no direct threat to Hahn at the time of the killing.
Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker has made a statement to the press, stating: "This appears to be a senseless act of violence stemming from a minor domestic dispute between roommates. There is no clear answer at this hour as to why Hahn acted with such extreme violence."
The suspect is being held without bond at Volusia County Branch Jail, and police have confirmed that additional charges may be brought once their investigations are completed.