Man, stepfather shot during family dispute

Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies responded to a double shooting at a home in the Santa Cruz Mountains involving a man and his stepfather.

April 15, 2010 1:28:12 PM PDT
Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies this morning responded to a double shooting at a home in the Santa Cruz Mountains involving a man and his stepfather.

A distraught woman called the sheriff's office at about 7:30 a.m. to report that she had heard a gunshot and that her husband was lying on the front deck of their house and not breathing, sheriff's Sgt. Dan Campos said.

The woman said there had been a dispute between her husband and his stepfather, Campos said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the home on Hutchinson Road and found a man dead on the front deck.

Neighbors told deputies they saw a man running through the neighborhood with a rifle. A short time later, deputies found a man matching the description of the stepfather on the ground not far from the house. He had a rifle next to him and had been shot, Campos said. That man was also pronounced dead.

Campos said it is too early to tell whether the double shooting was a murder-suicide.


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