Dingmans Ferry man charged with killing his father

Dingmans Ferry. Ryan James Paige, 30, allegedly shot a firearm into the bedroom area of his father's house. An affidavit says he and his father had been estranged since an argument that happened three years ago. Paige has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, among other charges.

02 Apr 2020 | 05:01

Ryan James Paige, 30, has been charged with criminal homicide in connection with the shooting death of his father, Ronald Paige, 61, both of Dingmans Ferry, according to the Pennsylvania State Police at Blooming Grove.

The incident happened at 2:23 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, on Spruce Run Road in Porter Township, according to the police.

Ryan Paige has been arrested and awaiting arraignment. Police said there is no danger to the public.

He was charged with murder, attempted murder, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, two counts of possession of instruments of crime, and four counts of recklessly endangering another person, said Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin, who approved the filing of murder and attempted murder charges in a shooting. The criminal complaint was filed by Pennsylvania State Trooper Edward Theodore of the Criminal Investigation Unit at Blooming Grove.

According to the criminal complaint, Paige is charged with going to the residence of his father and shooting a firearm into the bedroom area of his father’s residence. The affidavit indicates that Ronald Paige suffered at least one gunshot wound and was transported to Lehigh Valley Pocono Hospital by EMS. He was pronounced dead by the Monroe County Coroner’s Office.

The affidavit filed to support the charges indicates the father and son had been estranged after an argument three years ago. The live-in girlfriend of Ronald Paige, Jennifer Gencarelli, and the live-in girlfriend of Ryan Paige had an argument on March 31 at the bus stop, where the school was delivering school lunch to children.

Gencarelli told the state police she was awakened by her dogs barking. She heard a vehicle outside the residence, then woke up Ronald Paige.

Gencarelli and Ronald Paige were looking out the window of their bedroom when Gencarelli saw Ryan Paige in a vehicle pointing a firearm out of the vehicle. She heard at least three shots.

Ronald Paige said he was shot then asked, “Why would he do this?” Gencarelli said her two daughters, ages 10 and 12, were in the residence in different bedrooms.

Troopers from Blooming Grove and Stroudsburg stations responded to the scene. Troopers from Stroudsburg responded to the residence of Ryan Paige, about a half-mile away, and took him into custody. At the time he was wearing a ballistic vest with fully loaded magazines, police said. Paige then reportedly told Trooper Theodore that he was involved in the shooting.

“The responding troopers acted quickly and professionally in a high stress situation to apprehend the defendant without further incident, which given that the suspect was armed and wearing a ballistic vest showed the situation was an extremely dangerous one," said Tonkin. He also thanked the Monroe County Corner Tom Yanac and his staff for their assistance with the investigation.

Magisterial District Judge Paul Menditto arraigned the defendant on the charges and remanded him to the Pike County Correctional Facility without bail. A preliminary hearing was set for April 14 at 1 p.m. Tonkin noted that the hearing will likely be conducted by video given the state of emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editor's note: This story has been updated.