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Los Angeles: Mayor of Bell Gardens Dead After Being Shot in Domestic Dispute; Wife Detained

Los Angeles: Mayor of Bell Gardens Dead After Being Shot in Domestic Dispute; Wife Detained


The mayor of Bell Gardens was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon in a dispute with his wife, who was in custody, authorities said.

Authorities on the scene of the shooting told reporters that Mayor Daniel Crespo died after being shot multiple times in the torso by his wife, who was identified as Levette Crespo.

Their 19-year-old son tried to intervene in an argument between the couple, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Steve Jauch said.

The father and son struggled, then Levette Crespo shot her husband, according to Jauch.

She was detained, the lieutenant said.

Homicide detectives were assisting the Bell Gardens Police Department with the shooting in the 6300 block of Gage Avenue (map), Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Deputy Crystal Hernandez  said. She did not initially identify the victim of the shooting.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman confirmed that first responders arrived to a report of a gunshot victim about 2:30 p.m.

Aerial video showed investigators on scene at the Gage Avenue address just before 5 p.m. They appeared to be working inside a gated residential complex called Viñas la Campana.

Crespo relocated from New York City to Bell Gardens in 1987, according to his bio on the city’s website.  He was elected to City Council in 2001.

Los Angeles County CEO Bill Fujioka said on Twitter that he was “thinking about” Crespo, calling him a longtime county probation employee with more than 21 years on the job.

Bell Gardens is a city of about 43,000 residents around 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles



Source:  KTLA.COM

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