Man who admitted to killing friend after argument scheduled to appear in court Friday

Mugshot of Michael Patrick O'Connell. Photo courtesy of the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

Michael Patrick O'Connell, 34, is scheduled to appear in Shasta County Court Friday after the Shasta County Sheriff's Office says he admitted to shooting and killing his friend Wednesday in Happy Valley after they had an argument.

Deputies said at 5:09 p.m., they received a 911 call of a gunshot victim at 7128 Happy Valley Road in Anderson.

Deputies responded and upon arrival they found O'Connell and a woman outside the home. O'Connell told deputies he shot his friend with a 12 gauge shotgun after an argument.

Officials say they found a man inside the home with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies said O'Connell and the victim had been living together at the home as roommates.

O'Connell was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for murder. The woman who was on scene was interviewed and released.

O'Connell is scheduled to be in court Friday at 1:30 p.m.

A neighbor in the area said the incident came as a total surprise to him. He said he knew both O'Connell and the victim and they never had any issues.

Until now, O'Connell has never been charged with a felony in Shasta County. However, records show he has been charged with several misdemeanors over the last four years, including two that were violent in nature but ultimately dismissed, and one DUI.

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