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Report: Couple fought son over gun before being shot

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Joseph McManus, 43, was charged with two counts of murder on victims over 60 years old. (LVMPD) Joseph McManus, 43, was charged with two counts of murder on victims over 60 years old. (LVMPD)
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A 43-year-old Las Vegas man claimed to have found his parents shot at their home before admitting to wounding them during a physical struggle, according to an arrest report.

Las Vegas Metro police Monday disclosed details for the arrest of Joseph McManus, who was charged in the shooting deaths of his parents James and Alma McManus.

According to an arrest report, Joseph McManus called police just before 9 p.m. Friday to report finding his mother and father shot inside their home in the 4300 block of Cottontail Lane just off Pecos Road.

Officers arrived to find 70-year-old James dead and 67-year-old Alma wounded. Alma McManus was transported to Sunrise Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Joseph, in the report, told police he had left the home he shared with his parents about 6 p.m. that evening to walk to a nearby gas station. Joseph, as he was stated in the report, walked around the area before returning home and finding the victims.

Detectives, in the report, observed apparent blood on Joseph's clothing.

Police later questioned Joseph McManus at Metropolitan headquarters, where, in the report, he originally denied any involvement in the deaths.

When pressed, though, in the report, Joseph changed his story when his original story did not line up with evidence at the scene.

McManus told police, in the report, he was arguing with his parents when he pulled a handgun. He had a physical struggle with his father when the older McManus was shot, Joseph was stated as saying in the report.

Joseph then struggled with his mother over the gun, which also was discharged wounding Alma McManus, the report said.

In the report, Joseph told police he believed he changed clothes and went for a walk before returning home and calling 911. He was also stated in the report that he did not expect his mother to remain alive when he returned.

Police arrested Joseph McManus on two counts of murder with a deadly weapon on a victim over 60. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

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