Son booked for murder in dad’s death |

Son booked for murder in dad’s death

A Cedar Ridge man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon during an apparent argument with his son, whom Nevada County Sheriff’s officers later booked into jail for murder.

As of Sunday evening, the names of the alleged shooter and his deceased father hadn’t been released by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department. But despite the murder charge, a neighbor and police said the son, 26, claimed he acted in self-defense.

The victim called emergency dispatch at 2:41 p.m., saying he had been shot in the chest by his son during an argument, said Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Powell.

At that point, the man fell to the ground, and when deputies arrived at the home on the 11000 block of Cedar Ridge Drive, he was found lying on his back outside his front porch, Powell said. The man subsequently was pronounced dead by Ophir Hill Fire and Rescue officials also responding to the scene, he said.

When deputies arrived, the victim’s son sought them out and told them he had shot his father in self-defense.

“Right off the bat, he said he had to do it to protect himself,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Evans.

Prior to talking to law enforcement, the suspect was “hysterical, banging on (neighbors’) doors,” said Darin Boom, 23, who lives in a nearby mobile home.

When the suspect reached Boom, he told Boom what happened.

“He said his father came after him, and he had to shoot him,” said Boom.

The suspect even pointed to the general area where he had discarded the gun, Powell said. Officers found the gun 50 yards from the Cedar Ridge Drive home by a tree, he added.

Yellow crime-scene tape blocked public access to the house, set among several other smaller residences.

Sheriff’s officers said they expected to be on the scene well into Sunday night as they waited for formal clearance to carry out a search of the house.

Neighbors spoke briefly with print and TV media, indicating they didn’t witness the shooting and didn’t know much about the father and son. But the father had acknowledged trouble with alcohol and depression, said Tim Boom, Darin’s father, who lives at another house in the neighborhood.

In one incident that occurred around Christmas of last year, the victim crashed his truck into a tree next to the home of neighbors Howard and Dolores Neely.

The car destroyed a planter troth next to a window, among other outdoor items, Dolores Neely said.

“If the tree hadn’t been there, he would have been in the kitchen,” said Tim Boom.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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