VERNON, Conn. (CTNow) — The Vernon man who drove to Wyoming and killed his father and his father’s girlfriend before stabbing himself to death had applied to Vernon police for a handgun permit in October, police said.
Christopher Krumm, 25, submitted the application Oct. 19 and was fingerprinted so that state police could conduct a criminal background check. The application was pending Friday, when police in Wyoming say Krumm went on a killing rampage.
Krumm killed his father, James Krumm, 56, in front of four to six students at Casper College in Wyoming on Friday before fatally stabbing himself, police said. Earlier in the day Krumm fatally stabbed Heidi Arnold, 42, at a house she shared with James Krumm in Casper, police said.
Friday night, Vernon detectives searched Krumm’s cluttered apartment at a Grove Street rooming house after Casper police contacted them.
Vernon police Lt. William Meier said police did not find anything remarkable during their search. They seized papers, a computer printer and other items that Casper police asked them to look for. The items will be transferred to police in Casper.
Although Krumm’s application for a pistol permit had not been acted upon, Vernon Police Chief James Kenny said it would likely have been approved.
“There’s nothing I’ve learned that would have been grounds for denial,” Kenny said. Krumm apparently did not have a police record and did not report any mental health problems in the past year. Medical privacy laws limit the ability of law enforcement to inquire about past mental health treatments.
Vernon police released a copy of Krumm’s application on Monday.
Meier said Krumm had lived in Vernon for only a few months.
Before they searched Krumm’s apartment Friday night, Vernon detectives asked the Hartford police bomb squad to check the room.
“We were just playing it safe at that point,” Kenny said. Police were concerned that Krumm, who has a master’s degree in electrical engineering, could have placed booby traps in the apartment.
Krumm, who worked most recently for BroadBand Access Services in Manchester, drove to Casper last week, officials said. Employees at the Manchester office referred questions to Broadband’s New Hampshire headquarters, where a spokeswoman described Krumm as a ground employee. He was not working as an electrical engineer.
According to his pistol permit application, Krumm lived previously in Springfield and Casper.
Officials at two previous employers he listed in the Springfield area could not be reached Monday night.
A spokeswoman for Western Area Power Administration in Lakewood, Colo., said Krumm worked for the federal agency as an electrical engineer from March 14, 2010, to Oct. 18, 2010. The spokeswoman would not release additional information about Krumm.
Krumm earned a master’s degree in energy and power systems at the Colorado School of Mines. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.
Pistol permit applicants must pass a firearms safety course and Krumm listed Brian Kowalczyk of Plainville as his instructor. Kowalczyk, a National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor, said he did not remember Krumm. He said he teaches three courses a month and that there are about 60 people in each class.
“I see these people once for six hours,” Kowalczyk said. Krumm passed the course and was otherwise eligible to receive a permit, he said.
“Criminals don’t apply for pistol permits,” Kowalczyk said. “People who don’t qualify don’t typically take classes because it’s expensive.” Kowalczyk’s safety course costs $110.
Krumm moved into the Rockville rooming house over the summer and created no trouble, other tenants said. He’d come home from work in a neon safety vest, and tenants thought he worked in construction or with a utility contractor. But Krumm didn’t talk much about his job, his family or his background, several tenants said.