Compton, CA—An unidentified police officer has killed her husband here early Saturday morning.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting. They say their investigation is continuing.
A department press release indicated the shooting was prompted when the dead man became physically and verbally abusive. They report that the victim officer retrieved a firearm and killed the suspect.
The killing occurred at a home in the 400 block of Amantha Avenue in Compton, CA.
The press release classified the dead man as the suspect. That translates clearly that there are no current plans to charge the CHP officer with a crime. They are calling the incident “domestic violence” related.
The dead man suffered a single gunshot wound to his upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Let’s hope the officer’s career does not suffer because of her justifiable use of force in this tragic situation.
Update: KCBS-TV has identified the dead suspect as, Marcus Lavar Lemons, 31. Several members of Lemons’ family have alleged that he was a peaceful man and a victim. That has not changed the fact that apparently no evidence of a crime has surfaced. Friends and family members of the dead suspect identified the victim as CHP officer, Tomieka Jones Lemons. The same people that gave the officer’s name also accuse the officer of being drunk. As always the body fluids of the dead suspect and CHP officer will be tested for alcohol and drugs. There will be no quick results to those tests.
The CHP media spokesman, Sgt. Mark Garrett refused to provide the officer Lemons’ age, length of service or unit of assignment. That refusal is long established routine for this kind of an event.
See a video report here.