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Sheriff investigating East L.A. homicide; suspect maybe connect to fatal shooting of Whittier officer [update]

BY LUCY GUANUNA

EAST LOS ANGELES — Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting death of a man early this morning in the City Terrace section of East Los Angeles.

Authorities  were called to the scene at about 5:29 a.m. in the 1400 block of Volney Drive, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No further information is available at this time.  The Eastsider will update this story when new details are available.

Update @ 8:36 pm: The suspect involved in the East L.A. killing is apparently connected to the fatal shooting of a police officer in Whittier a few hours later, according to the sheriff’s department. The suspect, a 26-year-old gang member who had been released from prison within the past two weeks, shot and killed his cousin, 46-year-old Roy Torres, in East L.A. before fatally shooting Whittier police officer Keith Boyer, The L.A. Times reports.

An online memorial fund has been set up for Torres.

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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  1. Condolences to the officer’s family and friends, and thanks to all those who put their lives on the line for us.

    According to the LAT article, Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper said the shooting suspect, whose name has not been made public, was released from custody early and blamed a series of new laws designed to reduce incarcerations in California.

    Neither Piper nor the Sheriff’s Department offered specific information about his record or how he was released early. But the chief said Boyer’s killing showed how these laws have made the streets less safe.

    “We need to wake up. Enough is enough,” he said.

    Police have not identified the shooter pending the ongoing investigation, but described him as a Los Angeles gang member who had been released on parole within the last two weeks and had many tattoos, including on his neck and face. He was driving a stolen car from East L.A., where he had reportedly killed his cousin earlier in the day.

    City Elections are March 7. If you vote for, and re-elect, Garcetti for mayor criminals will continue to be treated as victims in our city and county, and if you later elect him governor, he will continue in Brown’s footsteps. We need to elect a strong mayor and council members who will support our police and sheriffs’ departments in getting criminals off the streets and leaving them where they cannot commit repeat crimes. Who might those people be? Suggestions?

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