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.”
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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LA HABRA >> Coroner’s officials have identified a 49-year-old La Habra man who died after he was found hanging in a cell following a domestic violence arrest.
Daniel Oppenheimer died at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton at 1 p.m. Friday, Orange County coroner’s officials said in a written statement.
He was discovered hanging in a cell at the La Habra Police Department at noon, according to police and coroner’s officials.
Officers arrested Oppenheimer on suspicion of domestic violence after being summoned to a domestic dispute about 9:45 a.m. Friday, La Habra police officials said in a written statement. Further details regarding the arrest were not released.
Oppenheimer was alone in the cell when he was found hanging and unconscious, Sgt. Clint Angle said. Police declined to say what object was tied around the man’s neck.
Paramedics took Oppenheimer to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation into the death is being handled by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
LA HABRA >> A man died Friday after he was found hanging in a La Habra Police Department jail cell following a domestic violence arrest, authorities said.
Investigators withheld the man’s identity Saturday pending notification of family, La Habra police Sgt. Clint Angle said.
He was arrested shortly after 9:43 a.m., after a woman called police to report a domestic dispute, La Habra police officials said in a written statement. Officers arrested the man on suspicion of domestic violence and took him to the department’s jail, 150 N. Euclid Ave.
He was discovered hanging in a jail cell later in the day, Angle said. He was alone in the cell.
“Officers began life saving measures while the paramedics arrived,” according to the statement. “The male was then transported to St. Jude Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
Police declined to say what object the man apparently used to hang himself. No further details of the death or the alleged domestic dispute that preceded it were released Saturday.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office will conduct an investigation, as is standard procedure when a person dies while in the custody of an Orange County law enforcement agency.
PICO RIVERA >> A man died Friday after jumping in front of a train in Pico Rivera in what was reported as a suicide, officials said.
The incident took place just before 5:40 p.m. on a set of train tracks running along the 9200 block of Bermudez Street, just northwest of the intersection of Slauson Avenue and Passons Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Sergio Escobedo said.
Rescuers loaded the badly injured man into a helicopter to rush him to a hospital for treatment, the lieutenant said. He succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
Officials described the injured man as 25-year-old Pico Rivera man.
The death was being investigated as a suicide, and no foul play was suspected, Escobedo said.
The man, whose age was unclear, was believed to be despondent over the recent break-up of a relationship, Escobedo said. He had told his significant other that he was going to jump in front of a train shortly before following though on the threat. The woman notified authorities.
The incident involved an eastbound Amtrak train traveling on tracks operated by BNSF, Metrolink officials said.
Commuter train traffic on the tracks was halted for about an hour as a result of the collision, officials said.
MONROVIA — Suicide is suspected after a man plummeted to his death from the top of the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Monrovia late Friday, officials said.
The body of a man was discovered just before 10 p.m. in the parking lot of the hotel, 700 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia police Sgt. Glen Coleman.
The man was yet to be positively identified Saturday, coroner’s officials said, however police initially described him as a man in his mid-20s who was believed to be a Monrovia resident.
A passer-by called 9-1-1 to report an injured man was lying in the parking lot, though the caller did not know what had happened to the man, Coleman said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
A review of footage from a nearby surveillance camera indicated the man had jumped from the top of the hotel, Coleman said.
The investigation was ongoing and coroner’s investigators planned to perform an autopsy.
A missing man and woman who were found dead Saturday in their La Habra home have been identified, officials said.
Alaina A’Lurede, 31, and her husband, Kevin A’Lurede, 35, were discovered by officers around 1:40 p.m. in two separate rooms in the 600 block of Greenwood Avenue, La Habra police spokeswoman Cindy Knapp said. Aaina A’Lurede is believed to have died of a drug overdose, and her husband from a gunshot wounds, though their officials causes of death remained under investigation by Orange County coroner’s officials.
After receiving information from family members, officers made entry into the residence.
Officials said one body was found in the living room and the other in the bedroom and appeared to have been dead for several days.
An autopsy was carried out Wednesday yielded some answers, however the officials causes of death of Kevin and Alaina A’Lurede remains undetermined pending the results of further tests at the coroner’s office, Knapp said.
“Alaina A’Lurede’s body showed signs consistent with a drug overdose,” Knapp said. “Cause of death is most likely suicide, however, conclusive results for both subjects is pending the completion of a toxicology screen.”
“Kevin A’Lurede has sustained a gunshot wound from a small-caliber weapon. The pathologist could not rule out suicide as the cause of death,” Knapp said. “A small-caliber handgun was recovered from the bedroom of the home, near Kevin’s body,” Knapp said. “At this juncture, no suicide note has been located.”
Police were not searching for any suspects, Knapp said. The investigation was ongoing, and the coroner’s toxicology results were expected in 8 to 12 weeks.
The couple was reported missing by their families Friday after they were unable to contact them, officials said.
Officers visited their home around 9:30 p.m. that day and saw one of their cars parked in the driveway. Officers knocked on the door, but received no answer, officials said.
Police spoke with neighbors, but were unable to gather information leading to the couple’s whereabouts.
While the man and woman’s specific times of death were not available, Knapp said, “both parties had expired prior to the initial missing person’s report being made,”
PASADENA >> Suicide was suspected after the body of a man was discovered hanging from a tree at Central Park in Pasadena early Sunday, authorities said.
A passer-by found the body just after midnight at the southwest corner of the park, near Fair Oaks Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corral described the man as a 47-year-old Pasadena resident.
No note was found at the scene, he said.
There were no initial signs of foul play, however an investigation was ongoing by both Pasadena police and coroner’s officials.
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.