General Crime

* James Alexander Chimblis shot and killed stepson Richard Michael Jones then himself at 22045 Hutchinson Road in Santa Cruz

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A financial disagreement between a man and his stepfather apparently resulted in a murder-suicide at a home in the Santa Cruz mountains Thursday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.A distraught woman called the sheriff’s office at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday 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 victim’s wife told police there had been a dispute between her husband and his stepfather, Campos said. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the home at 22045 Hutchinson Road, near Summit Road, and found a man dead from a gunshot wound 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 in a nearby wooded area. He had two handguns next to him and had suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. That man was also pronounced dead. Detectives have since learned that the stepfather, 67-year-old James Alexander Chimblis, had been upset with his stepson, 39-year-old Richard Michael Jones, due to a financial disagreement and recent lawsuit involving both men.On Thursday morning, Chimblis was at Jones’ home and confronted him on the front doorstep as Jones was leaving for work, according to the sheriff’s office. Chimblis allegedly shot Jones at least twice with a handgun and then fled into the nearby wooded area, where he shot and killed himself, the sheriff’s office said.Detectives allegedly found numerous firearms at Chimblis’ house in the Summit area of Santa Cruz County, as well as documents indicating Chimblis had planned his attack against Jones.The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the murder-suicide.

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