California son kills parents and waits on lawn in front of father’s body for police to arrive: Reports – Crime Online
California man is accused of shooting and killing his parents over the weekend, calling 911, then waiting for the lawn before the police arrivedreports KFSN-TV.
Fresno authorities have arrested Julian McElhaney, 22, in connection with the murder of Sylvia McElhaney, 64, and William McElhaney, 55, Sunday afternoonaccording to the Fresno Bee.
“They found the suspect, who was waiting for them out front,” Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama told reporters at a news conference, according to the broadcaster.
Julian McElhaney was sitting by his father’s body on the lawn when officers arrived, while Sylvia’s body was inside the house.
Julian allegedly admitted to shooting his parents and was cooperative. He doesn’t appear to have any physical injuries.reports KRDO-TV.
“He was the one who called 911, said he had shot his family, and he gave up when officers arrived,” Balderrama told reporters.
The couple had lived in the northeast Fresno home for more than 10 years, where they raised three children and helped raise nieces and nephews, according to the broadcaster.
The murders have devastated the family, according to a relative who spoke to KFSN-TV.
The neighbors had kind words to say about the victims.
“I’m just sorry I lost them. I am very sorry to have lost them,” an unidentified neighbor told KFSN-TV.
Police records obtained by the TV station show there was a previous call for service at the house. It happened in 2018 and involved Julian.
Investigators did not release whether they identified a motive in connection with the killings, but Balderrama said mental health may be a factor.
The deaths are the fifth time since November that an adult has killed or attempted to kill at least one parent in Fresno County, according to the broadcaster.
Dr Eric Hickey, a criminal psychologist interviewed by the broadcaster, said the stress of the pandemic could play a part in the rise in violence. Hickey advised calling 911 when situations escalate into violence, regardless of mental health or illness.
“We’re not trying to get people in trouble,” Hickey told KFSN-TV. “We try to defuse what’s going on and sometimes we don’t realize how bad it is until it’s too late.”
Hickey added: “Most people with mental illness don’t harm others, but when there’s a lot of stress it brings people to the brink.”
Julian McElhaney was incarcerated in Fresno County Jail and faces two counts of murder.
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[Feature Photo: Julian McElhaney/Police Handout]