Roommate dispute ends in suspected murder in Novato

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A man has been arrested after a dispute with his roommate ended in a suspected murder and a death of a dog in a Novato residence on Friday. 

According to the Novato Police Department, officers were dispatched after receiving reports of gunfire in the area near Martin Drive at around 4:30 p.m.

At the scene, police found a man dead on the back porch of a house on the street. A dead dog was found next to him. 

Both appeared to have gunshot wounds. 

Officers detained two men, one of which was Paul Dwight, 65. 

Authorities learned that the victim and Paul Dwight were roommates involved in a dispute over their living arrangements. 

The Marin District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant and found a gun at the residence. 

Dwight was arrested and booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of murder and animal cruelty. 

The second resident of the home was also arrested and booked into jail for obstructing and delaying a police investigation.

The Marin County Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s identity after their next of kin has been contacted. Any community member with information about this incident is asked to contact investigators at 415-897-1122.


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