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Irvine man arrested on suspicion of killing his father

September 1, 2012 |  6:26 pm

A 21-year-old Irvine man has been arrested in Colorado on suspicion of fatally shooting his father inside the home they shared near the UC Irvine campus, authorities said.

Steven Joseph Bruno was taken into custody in northeastern Colorado on Friday evening by Colorado State Patrol officers, according to Irvine police. He was arrested without incident and is expected to be extradited to California in coming days.

Irvine Police Lt. Dave Klug said Bruno is suspected in the death of his father, Ernest Joseph Bruno, 60, whose body was found about 1:30 p.m. Friday in their home on Dartmouth in Irvine. Police discovered the body after they were called by family members, who reported finding blood inside the residence.

Klug said a preliminary investigation found that the two men lived together and had recently had an argument about money. The older man was last seen about 8 p.m. Thursday, he said.

Klug said Irvine police alerted other law enforcement agencies that Steven Bruno was believed to be driving his father’s vehicle and might have fled the state. He was arrested that day on Interstate 76 near the town of Sterling, Colorado, about 5:30 p.m PST.

Police said the homicide was the second of the year for Irvine, which has often been ranked among the nation’s safest cities.

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