Woman Allegedly Shot to Death by Husband in Sylmar

Police said suspect was waiting for them in one of the home's bedrooms and surrendered without incident

A 45-year-old woman was killed in her Sylmar home last night, the apparent victim of a domestic violence incident, according to police.

The couple’s adult son called 911 just before 9 p.m. to report that he heard gunshots inside the family’s home in the 14000 block of Herron Street, according to a statement.

When officers arrived, they found the victim lying in the living room. She had been shot multiple times, police said. Her husband was in one of the home’s bedrooms.

“(The officers’) first thought was the suspect might be lying in wait for the officers, or he had run out the back door,” Lt. Paul Vernon of LAPD’s Mission Division said in a written statement. “But instead, they found the man lying on a mattress in a bedroom. It seemed he was waiting for police, and gave up without a struggle.”

Vernon said a Colt .45 was recovered at the scene and no one else was injured, although a bullet pierced the wall of a neighboring home. A note written in Spanish was also found near the suspect.

“This shooting could have been much worse, as at least one bullet passed from one house into the neighbor’s house, through several walls, narrowly missing the resident,” he said. “Also, as is common, alcohol played a part in this shooting. The suspect admitted he had been drinking heavily this evening.”

The identity of the victim and the suspect has not yet been released. 


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