SIERRA MADRE >> A man was believed to have fatally shot himself at a Sierra Madre park filled with families on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
Police received numerous calls just after 12:30 p.m. reporting gunfire at Bailey Canyon Park, 451 W. Carter Avenue, Sierra Madre Police Chief Larry Giannone said.
“Officers arrived on scene and found a male down on the ground,” the chief said.
A doctor who happened to be nearby heard screaming and rushed to help, Giannone said. The doctor was performing CPR when first responders arrived, however paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The identity of the man had not been determined Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corral said. Police described him as appearing to be in his 50s.
A gun was recovered near the body, Giannone said.
The investigation was ongoing, he said, however initial indicators pointed toward suicide.
The shooting took place near picnic tables and a hiking trail as more than a dozen people, including young children, were recreating in the park, Giannone said.
In addition to the loss of life involved in the incident, “This was an unfortunate tragedy for our community,” Giannone said. “The park was filled with visitors and hikers, several who witnessed this tragic incident”.
Officials continued scouring the scene for clues and interviewing witnesses. Coroner’s investigators were also summoned to the scene. Police also examined a black Toyota RAV4 SUV in the parking lot that the unidentified man was believed to have arrived at the park in.
It was not clear Sunday afternoon whether the screams reported by the doctor came from the man who ultimately died, or others who witnessed the incident or its aftermath.
PICO RIVERA — Authorities have determined that the death of a man who was struck by a big rig along Slauson Avenue last week was a suicide.
A 34-year-old Pico Rivera man died following the incident, which took place just before 10:30 a.m. Friday on Slauson Avenue, just east of Bequette Street, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner officials.
After being struck and run over by a big rig, rescuers rushed the man to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where he succumbed to his injuries at 11:17 a.m., coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.
The truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said at the time.
An autopsy was completed Monday, and the death was ruled a suicide, Harvey said. Investigators determined the man intentionally ran in front of the big rig.
MONTEBELLO >> Police are investigating the death of a man found dead at the base of a building late Wednesday as a suicide, officials said.
Officials responded to the Golden Manor Retirement Center on Beverly Boulevard near Howard Avenue shortly at 7:12 p.m. after someone reported seeing a man fall from a second story window of the retirement home, Montebello police Lt. Mike Flores said.
Officials found the man lying in the parking lot of the bowling alley next door.
“The victim had injuries consistent with a high-altitude fall,” Flores said.
The death was being investigated as a suicide, and no foul play was initially suspected, he said.
The identity of the man was not available, Flores said, however he was believed to be a resident of the retirement home in his mid-60s.
L:A CRESCENTA — Coroner’s officials Sunday released the name of a 33-year-old man sheriff’s officials said fatally shot himself at the end of a five-hour standoff inside a La Crescenta cell phone store on Black Friday.
Shawn David Weissenborn of Santa Clarita died at the scene of the standoff, which unfolded Friday afternoon and evening at a shopping center in the 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard, just east of La Crescenta Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Dana Bee said.
An autopsy had not been completed Sunday, Bee said.
The unusual incident began shortly after 4 p.m. with a robbery at a nearby Rite-Aid Pharmacy, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Burton Brink said.
After demanding painkillers at gunpoint and receiving about 100 pills, Weissenborn fled into a neighboring cell phone store, Lt. Angela Shepherd said.
Though officials initially feared the gunman had hostages, it was ultimately determined everyone had safely exited the store when Weissenborn barged in.
The store is labeled with “Verizon Wireless” signage, but operates under the name, “Connect Wireless.”
Deputies, including SWAT team members and crisis negotiators, responded to the scene and began speaking with Weissenborn by phone, Brink said. He indicated during the conversations that he was preparing to surrender, but first wanted to call his mother and smoke a cigarette.
Deputies ultimately forced their way into the store and found Weissenborn dead, “apparently by his own hand,” according to Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. No deputies fired their weapons during the incident.
Weissenborn had no violent criminal history in Los Angeles County Superior Court records, which listed a single conviction for drunken driving causing injury in 2009.
PASADENA — A police officer grabbed an apparently suicidal woman by the feet and pulled her back to safety as the scaled a fence along a freeway overpass Sunday, officials said.
Police received a call about 11:15 a.m. from a person reporting a family member was possibly suicidal and considering killing herself by jumping from a bridge, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The family member provided police with the 38-year-old woman’s name and description, and informed them she had last been seen in the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue, the lieutenant said.
Officers began searching area bridges and overpasses when Officer Elgin Lee of the Homeless Outreach-Psychiatric Evaltion Team spotted the woman on the Orange Grove Boulevard overpass above the 210 Freeway, Clawson said.
“As the officer approached, she immediately began to climb the fencing,” he said. She had already gotten her upper body over the top of the fence when Lee grabbed her by the feet and pulled her down.
Officials took the woman to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, Clawson said.
ARCADIA — A coroner’s investigation has determined a local man whose body was found at the bottom of a swimming pool earlier this died from drowning, and his death has been ruled a suicide, officials said Friday.
Greg Tser-Ming Chen, 35, was pronounced dead on the morning of Aug. 8 after a stranger discovered him unconscious in a backyard swimming pool in the 700 block of Camino Grove Avenue, according to Arcadia police and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials said. The pool was around the corner from Chen’s own home.
Chen’s pet golden retriever was found in the same backyard where his body was found, officials said. No trauma was discovered on his body, and foul play was not initially suspected.
Following an extensive coroner’s examination, investigators determined Chen’s cause of death was drowning and ruled the death a suicide, coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. The full autopsy report was not available Friday.
The coroner’s report noted that Chen had struggled with depression issues in the past.
His wife saw him open his safe before leaving the house with the dog, Winter said. Believing Chen was merely taking the dog for a walk, his wife did not get out of bed.
“She had hidden his gun and medication,” Winter said.
Shortly after his body was discovered, neighbors speculated Chen, who they described as friendly, may have clipped and fallen into the pool while chasing after his dog.
SAN GABRIEL — A man was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after shooting himself in the head in front of police in a parking lot, authorities said.
The incident, which was being investigated as an attempted suicide, took place about 4:10 p.m. in a parking lot to the rear of the 800 block of East Las Tunas Drive, just east of San Gabriel Boulevard, San Gabriel police Lt. Andy Borrello said.
Police officers responded to reports of a man with a gun, the lieutenant said. “They encountered a despondent male holding handgun to his head.”
The man, who would not speak to police, then pulled the trigger, Borrello said.
Though he suffered a serious head wound, he was conscious when taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for treatment, he said. An update on the man’s condition was not available, nor was his age.
WHITTIER — Coroner’s officials Thursday confirmed that an elderly man and woman found dead in their home earlier this week died in a murder-suicide.
The bodies of Gisela Hohensee, 83, and her husband Wilfried Hohensee, 85, were discovered by a family friend about 10:30 a.m. Monday inside the couple’s home in the 11800 block of Floral Drive, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
Police initially suspected Wilfriend Hohensee fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.
Autopsies confirmed that scenario, according to Dietz.
Gisela Hohensee died from a gunshot wound to the head and her death was ruled a homicide, the lieutenant said.
Wilfried Hohensee also died from a gunshot wound to the head, though his death was ruled a suicide, Dietz said.
A motive was not available Thursday. Police initially said they had been told the husband suffered from a variety of health problems.
The investigation was being handled by the Whittier Police Department.
EL MONTE — Suicide was suspect Saturday after a man’s body was discovered at the base of a parking structure, authorities said.
A security guard first notified authorities after seeing an unresponsive man lying on the ground about 11:15 a.m. in the 3300 block of Aero Jet Avenue, El Monte police Lt. David Vautrin said.
When officials arrived, they pronounced the man dead and determined he had taken a fall from the nearby parking structure, the lieutenant said. He was described as being in his early-60s.
He was initially believed to have jumped from the fifth floor of the eight-story structure, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner planned to carry out an autopsy to determine the man’s official cause of death, Vautrin said, however foul play was not initially suspected.
PASADENA — Suicide is suspected after the body of a 57-year-old Los Angeles man was found beneath the Colorado Street Bridge late Tuesday, officials said.
Officials responded to a report of a possible jumper at the bridge just after 8 p.m. to discover the body of a man lying in the wash below, Pasadena Fire Department officials said.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene, she added.
Though initially investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner investigators planned an autopsy do determine the man’s officials cause of death.