A Klamath man is in jail on a murder charge, accused of killing Marlon Paul Reed in a case detectives are still trying to unravel.
Reed, 62, of Klamath, called 911 to report a break-in and was found dead in his home Sunday morning by responding officers.
Blaze Thomas Breslin, 18, of Klamath, was arrested at the scene and a knife was recovered, according to sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven.
“On July 1, 2018 at about 9 a.m., The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a man living on Gensaw Road in Klamath… reporting a male adult was attempting to break into his home and that the man was armed with a knife,” a sheriff’s press release said Monday.
The report said while California Highway Patrol officers and sheriff’s deputies were enroute, the suspect entered the home and assaulted the man with the knife.
Steven did not go into detail about the arrest or circumstances, as the investigation is ongoing.
Asked if the cause of death was stabbing, Steven repeated that the victim had been “assaulted with a knife,” and the cause of death has yet to be determined. The knife was recovered during the response.
Steven said Breslin also had some injuries at the time of his arrest and was taken to Sutter Coast Hospital for evaluation.
Breslin was arrested “on the property” where the incident occurred, but Steven could not comment further on details.
Breslin was booked into jail for homicide and burglary.