COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man is facing murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed his father in a southeastern Colorado Springs apartment last week, according to police.
The shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Summit Creek Apartments on Chelton Road. Witnesses reported hearing an argument, followed by shots fired. When officers arrived, they found the victim, 43-year-old Edwin Junior Morales, dead inside the apartment.
During the initial investigation, police contacted the victim’s son, 21-year-old Edwin Jay Morales.
Police said the argument started outside, and then the family moved inside. That’s when Edwin Jay went to his room and got his gun.
Edwin Jay told police he shot his father because he feared for his life and his dad “had been beating his mother and brothers for years.”
The victim’s other son, 24-year-old Xzavier Loucks, told police during the fight that Edwin Junior yelled at Edwin Jay, “Shoot me, me if you’re gonna shoot me.”
The arrest affidavit said that witnesses and Edwin Jay himself admit to shooting Edwin Junior twice–once in the chest and once in the back.
After that, Loucks told police the suspect told him to “Back up, I don’t want to have to shoot you too.”
Loucks said he responded by saying, “Bro, it’s already over, it’s done, it’s done. You’ve already killed him.”
The documents then said that Loucks took the gun–that the suspect had “disarmed”–and hit the suspect in the head with it, which knocked him out.
Edwin Jay was arrested on first-degree murder charges.
Loucks told police the suspect is retired military. FOX21 was unable to confirm this information.
Morales’ death is the 22nd homicide in Colorado Springs this year. At this time last year, there were 31.