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Police: California man killed father with sledgehammer

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - A 33-year-old Northern California man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his father, who police say was strangled and hit in the head with a sledgehammer.

Santa Rosa police Sgt. Dave Linscomb says officers called to 64-year-old Simran Khalsa's home around 11:20 p.m. Sunday found him dead in his bedroom with the sledgehammer nearby.

His son, Angelo Michael Lancaster, also known by his Sikh name, Kartar Khalsa, was discovered hiding behind a tree in the backyard and arrested on suspicion of homicide.

Linscomb tells the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa it appears the son also used the sledgehammer to break into the front door of the home.

Father and son had recently reconciled, and the son was living in a separate unit at the house.

It was not immediately clear whether Lancaster had an attorney.

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