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Santa Rosa man arrested on suspicion of killing his father with a sledgehammer on Wright Street

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Police have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of killing his father with a sledgehammer at their east Santa Rosa home late Sunday night. Police were not immediately releasing the name of the victim, who is in his 60s, or the suspect, Santa Rosa police Sgt. David Linscomb said. Officers responded to the slaying when the victim’s nephew called around 11:20 p.m., Linscomb said.

The father’s body was found in an upstairs bedroom and the suspect was found hiding in the backyard of the residence in the 600 block of Wright Street, Linscomb said. The suspect recently was allowed to move back to the residence and was staying in an apartment attached to the main house on the property, according to Linscomb. The suspect broke out the glass front door of the residence and entered the main house with the sledgehammer, Linscomb said.

After a short argument, the suspect strangled his father and bludgeoned him with the hammer, Linscomb said. The suspect, who was angry with his father over an earlier argument, was booked into Sonoma County Jail, according to Linscomb. The man who reported the incident was not injured.

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