Suspect in fatal Pasadena shooting, found dead in Brentwood, identified

Authorities have released the identity of a Brentwood man suspected of shooting a 24-year-old Pasadena man outside his home early Friday before fatally shooting himself later in the day near his own home in Brentwood.
Brandon Rafiepour, 24, was found dead inside his car from what was believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound about 4 p.m. in the West Los Angeles area, Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
The suspected suicide took place in the 300 block of North Kenter Avenue, where public records indicate Rafiepour lived.
He was being sought in connection with the shooting death of Joseph McMahon, which took place shortly after 2 a.m. Friday outside McMahon’s home in the 3600 block of Yorkshire Road, in an unincorporated county area east of Pasadena, she said.
McMahon, was pronounced dead at the scene after sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of gunfire, officials said.
He was described as a former associate producer on the television reality series “The Deadliest Catch,”
A woman who identified herself as McMahon’s sister said she heard seven or eight gunshots just after McMahon left the house, but did not know what had taken place.
No details regarding the circumstances or motive in McMahon’s fatal shooting have been released.
Rafiepour has no history of violent crime listed in Los Angeles County Superior Court records. He was convicted of driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit last year, and of driving while in possession of marijuana in 2009.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Death of Rosemead man found shot inside burning truck ruled a suicide

ROSEMEAD >> Coroner’s officials have confirmed the death of a man who was found fatally shot inside a burning pickup truck was a suicide, as investigators initially suspected.
Paramedics pronounced the 53-year-old Rosemead man dead at the scene after he was pulled from parked and burning pickup truck early Saturday in the 8500 block of Olney Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said. It was soon found that the unconscious man had also been shot in the chest. A gun was recovered from inside the truck.
Deputies suspected the death to be a suicide, but summoned investigators from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Los Angeles County Department of Coroner to assist in the investigation, Sgt. Steve Ruiz of the sheriff’s Temple Station said.
But an autopsy confirmed officials’ initial suspicion, coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
The man died from a gunshot wound to the chest, and the death was ruled a suicide, he said.

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Man found fatally shot inside burning pickup truck in Rosemead; suicide suspected


ROSEMEAD >> A man died after deputies pulled from a burning pickup truck with a gunshot wound to his chest early Saturday in what was initially being investigated as a suicide, officials said.
A witness called 9-1-1 about 5:50 a.m. to report a parked pickup truck was on fire with the engine running near a plant nursery in the 8500 block of Olney Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said. Deputies arrived to find the front of the truck in flames.
Seeing a person inside the small truck, deputies pushed back the flames with their fire extinguishers, broke a window and pulled the man out, the sergeant said.
Paramedics soon arrived to treat the man and discovered he had a gunshot wound to his chest, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation remained in its early stages, however all initial signs pointed to suicide, Ruiz said. A gun was found at the scene.
“Homicide and Arson-Explosives detectives are investigating the cause of the fire. They are not actively looking for a suspect,” according to Deputy Guillermina Saldana.
Anyone with information can reach the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

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Suicide suspected after man found found fatally shot in West Covina

WEST COVINA >> The death of a man found fatally shot inside a car parked in a West Covina parking lot Thursday is being investigated as a suicide, police said.
Officials first received reports about 9 a.m. that a man was unresponsive inside a car parked in the 100 block of South Vincent Avenue, West Covina police Lt. Pat Cirrito said.
Officers found the man had suffered a gunshot wound to his head, the lieutenant said. Foul play was not suspected.

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Man found hanged from lamppost in Bassett, suicide suspected


BASSETT >> Suicide is suspected after the body of a man was found hanged from a lamppost at a Bassett intersection early Sunday, officials said.
A man, who was estimated to be in his 50s, was found hanging from a lamppost just after midnight at Temple and Vineland avenues, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Toni Calton said.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene at 12:18 a.m., she said.
No foul play was suspected, she said. It appeared the man had placed a ladder against the post in order to climb it before hanging himself.
An autopsy will be conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

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Suicide suspected after SWAT team finds teenage boy fatally shot inside West Covina home

WEST COVINA >> A SWAT team responding to gunfire at a West Covina home Friday ultimately found a teenage boy dead from an apparently self-inflicted wound, police said.
Police received a call about 4:30 p.m. reporting a possibly suicidal person armed with a rifle at a home in the 1400 block of South San Springs Drive, West Covina police Cpl. Tim Rodgers said in a written statement.
“Upon officers’ arrival, one shot was heard coming from inside the location,” he said.
SWAT officers responded to the home and evacuated nearby residents, officials said.
When SWAT officers entered the home, they discovered a teenage boy suffering from “what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Rodgers said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
No one else was found inside the home, Rodgers added.
No further information was released.

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Officials: Man who shot self in front of Monterey Park police named

MONTEREY PARK >> Authorities have released the name of a reportedly suicidal Monterey Park man who police said fatally shot himself upon being pulled over by police over the weekend.
Tak Kuen Yeung, 65, died at a hospital shortly after Sunday’s 11:45 a.m. shooting in the 1800 block of West Garvey Avenue, which is being investigated as a suicide, according to Los Angeles County coroner and Monterey Park police officials said. An autopsy was pending Thursday.
Family members called police about 11 a.m. Sunday to report Yeung, who suffered from paranoia, anxiety and depression, had made statement leading them to believe he was suicidal, Monterey Park police Sgt. Art Rousseau said.
Coroner’s documents indicated that Yeung, “stated to family he no longer wanted to live,” coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Officers found Yeung driving and pulled him over.
He pulled to the side of the road before shooting himself once in the head with a handgun, the sergeant said.
Paramedics took Yeung to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

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Officials: Man fatally shoots self after being stopped by police in Monterey Park

MONTEREY PARK >> A Monterey Park senior citizen reported as potentially suicidal shot and killed himself when police pulled over his car Sunday, officials said.
Family members contacted police about 11 a.m. to report the 69-year-old man suffered from depression, anxiety and paranoia and had made statements indicating he may have been suicidal, Monterey Park police Sgt. Art Rousseau said. There was no indication the man was armed.
Officers found the man driving less than 45 minutes later and pulled over his car in the 1800 block of West Garvey Avenue, the sergeant said.
The driver pulled to the side of the road and shot himself once in the head with ha handgun, Rousseau said.
Paramedics rushed the man to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, he said.
An autopsy was to be carried out by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, Rousseau said.

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Woman found fatally shot at Whittier park, suicide suspected


WHITTIER >> A woman was found fatally shot at a Whittier park Saturday in what was initially being investigated as a suicide, police said.
The woman, initially described only as 28 years old, died at the scene, Whittier police Lt. Kent Miller said. She was found about 1:20 p.m. lying on a handball court at Guirardo Park, at Pioneer Boulevard and Orange Drive.
Witnesses reported hearing the gunshot, though they didn’t realize what it was at the time, Miller said.
A man who knew the woman discovered her and called police, he said.
A 9mm handgun was found near the woman’s body.
“We believe it to be a suicide,” Miller said. “We’re trying to rule everything else out.”

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UPDATED: One dead, one wounded in Norwalk shooting

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NORWALK >> An argument between two acquaintances escalated into gunfire Thursday, leaving one man dead and another wounded at a Norwalk, officials said.
The investigation remained in its early stages, however it initially appeared a man who lived at the home shot and wounded the other man before turning the gun on himself, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
Deputies first responded about 1:40 p.m. to the shooting at a home at Halcourt Avenue and Mapledale Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials said.
Deputies and firefighters encountered two victims at the scene, officials said. One was found outside home, and the other was inside. Both were initially described only as men.
The specific relationship between the two men was not clear, but they were believed to know each other, Smitson said.
“An argument ensued. It appears the suspect then shot at the victim, who sustained one gun shot wound,” the lieutenant said. The wounded man was taken to a hospital with a leg wound and listed in stable condition.
“Initial reports are the suspect apparently turned the gun on himself,” Smitson said. He was pronounced dead inside the house.
No further details were available.

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