RICHMOND -- A 22-year-old Richmond man who was arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting his father Monday night ¿during a struggle for a gun has been released from jail and was not charged by the Contra Costa District Attorney's office, police said Friday.
Christopher Michael Morris was arrested on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter after his father James Morris, 42, was pronounced dead at 7 p.m. at a home in the 3000 block of Sun Court in Richmond, police said.
The two men had been arguing and struggled for the gun when the weapon discharged, police said.
The son was being held at County Jail in Martinez on $100,000 bail, but was released Wednesday or Thursday, when prosecutors declined to file charges. Morris was not available for comment Friday.
Richmond Police Lt. Bisa French confirmed Friday that the district attorney's office did not charge the man, and said detectives "will be conducting additional follow up."
Capt. Mark Gagan said the case is tragic and unique. "It's not like other (killing) cases we investigate," he said. "There was no intent to kill. The (gun) negligence aspect of the case is being looked at by police."
Senior Deputy District Attorney Harold Jewett said his office will again receive the case after Richmond police interview other witnesses and do additional follow up.
"I can say this was a situational event that is unlikely to repeat itself with anyone else. Hence, the public