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Son suspected of killing father, marking San Jose’s 6th homicide in 2023

A person wears a San Jose Police jacket during a press conference outside of the San Jose Police Department on March, 17, 2021. | Randy Vazquez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

A man is a suspect in the killing of his father, which marks the sixth homicide in San Jose this year, police said.

San Jose police said the officers responded to the 2500 block of Fontaine Road at 6:36 a.m. Saturday on a report of a person down. When they arrived, police said they located an adult male who was pronounced dead on the scene.

Officers then went to a motel to find a person of interest, who turned out to be the victim's son. SJPD arrested him on suspicion of homicide.

Names of the suspect and victim were not provided by police, who also gave no information about the cause of death. Police say the investigation remains ongoing.

San Jose experienced a small spike in homicides during Covid, recording 40 in 2020 before dropping to 31 and 35 in 2021 and 2022, respectively. By February 2022, the city recorded one homicide.

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