Man Released From Custody After Allegedly Shooting, Killing Father in Rowland Heights

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Deputies and firefighter-paramedics responded to a quadruple shooting in Rowland Heights on Dec. 31, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

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A 33-year-old man has been released from custody after he allegedly shot and killed his father after the 54-year-old killed three people in Rowland Heights, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday.

Christopher Morey was arrested after the deadly incident, in the 2200 block of Batson Avenue, on the night of New Year’s Eve, according to the department.

The father opened fire on his son’s bedridden mother, girlfriend and friend — possibly after a dispute over the girlfriend’s use of a washing machine — the Los Angeles Times reports.

Morey was then accused of wrestling his father to the ground, taking the gun and fatally shooting the man.

The victims were identified by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office Saturday as Michael John Morey, 54; Betty Jean Morey, 54; Linda Patricia Merrell, 48; and Ernesto Calzadilla, 27.

Although Morey was released Saturday, the Sheriff’s Department said the case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office at a later date for consideration.

“We’ll see what the D.A. wants to do,” Lt. John Corina told the Times Friday.“We’re going to book him for what he did — he killed another human being. The district attorney will decide if it was justified.”

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tipper could call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visit the website

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