Alexander Alfredo Morales, a 47-year-old Latino, was pronounced dead on Tuesday, March 7, after he was shot in the wash of the San Gabriel River near the corner of Sierra Madre and Todd avenues in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The Azusa Police Department got an anonymous phone call that afternoon about a dead person in the wash, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Ewing.
Officers talked to a man who lived in one of the homeless encampments in the riverbed and knew the location of the body, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Ewing.
Morales was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:30 p.m., according to coroner’s records, which listed the cause of death as gunshot wounds to the chest.
Ewing said investigators believe he was shot three to five days before his body was found ...
Eric David Anderson, a 48-year-old white man, died on Sunday, Jan. 15, after he was shot by a police officer near Ranch Road, in the 200 block of Windsong Court in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Azusa police were called after residents reported hearing gunshots about 11 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Moments later, the police department also received a call from a woman saying her husband — later identified as Anderson — had a gun and was behaving erratically, Mendoza said.
When officers arrived, Anderson’s wife met them on Ranch Road, just a few steps from the end of Windsong Court, a small street in the condominium complex where the couple lived.
As she spoke with the officers, Anderson stepped onto Ranch Road, The Times reported. An officer ordered him to surrender, but Anderson pointed ...
Francis William Varney, a 77-year-old white man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the 500 block of West 4th Street in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Varney was one of three people who were shot when his next-door neighbor, Carlos Francisco Mendez, came out of his home armed with an automatic rifle around 2:25 p.m. and began firing at whomever he saw, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.
Mendez, a 45-year-old Latino, first shot at passing cars, hitting a woman who was driving a van. The woman was struck in the head, Corina said, and her van crashed moments later.
Varney was shot when he walked out of his house, apparently to investigate the commotion, Corina said. Mendez then shot a woman who was walking down the street.
Police officers arrived a short time later ...
Carlos Francisco Mendez, a 45-year-old Latino, was killed by police officers Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the 500 block of West 4th Street in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Mendez, a street maintenance worker for the city of Garden Grove, walked out of his home with an assault rifle about 2:25 p.m. and began shooting at whomever he saw, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.
He first shot at passing cars, hitting a woman who was driving a van, Corina said. The woman was struck in the head, he said, and her van crashed moments later.
His next victim was his next-door neighbor, Francis William Varney, 77, who was shot when he walked out of his house, apparently to investigate the commotion, Corina said.
Mendez then shot a woman who was walking down the street.
Police officers ...
Adrian Simental, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by a police officer Sunday, June 21, in the 500 block of East Lee Drive in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The incident began at 12:52 p.m., when Simental’s family called the Azusa Police Department to report that he was acting bizarrely and had injured himself, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Det. Holly Francisco.
A short while later, the police received another report that Simental was breaking into the neighbor’s house next door. He broke out several windows, Francisco said, and entered the house through one of the windows.
Neighbors also reported hearing a female screaming inside the house, Francisco said.
One Azusa officer entered the house and found Simental at the back door, Francisco said, “and then the officer-involved shooting happened.”
Simental was taken to a nearby ...
Juan Carlos Jimenez, a 37-year-old Latino, died Friday, Jan. 16, after he was shot in the 400 block of South Azusa Avenue in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Jimenez was in the area when he was shot in what police believe was an attempted street robbery. Police responded to the shooting about 4:37 a.m., according to the Azusa Police Department.
Jimenez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead Jan. 16 at 2:03 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is handling the homicide investigation and asks anyone with information to call (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Lorenzo Cesar Aguilar, a 23-year-old Latino man, was shot by an Asuza police officer Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in the 700 block of East Alosta Avenue in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 9:30 p.m., Azusa Police Department officers tried to pull over a person suspected of drunk driving, according to a news release from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting in the investigation.
The driver, later identified as Aguilar, didn’t stop the car, and “evaded officers for a brief time.” Officers were able to find the car again and the driver stopped.
Right after Aguilar pulled over, he exited the car, allegedly armed with a handgun and began to walk away from the officers. Aguilar allegedly “failed to comply with orders,” and turned toward the officers with the gun in hand, “at which time, the officer-involved shooting occurred ...
Michelle Monique Russell, a 39-year-old white woman, was stabbed to death Friday, May 4, in the 300 block of East Russell Street in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post, based on information from the coroner's office, identified the victim as Jane Doe #32.]
Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office, said Russell was found lying injured on the living room floor about 9:33 a.m. Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
During the investigation, officials determined Russell's son stabbed her. He was arrested and taken into custody, Winter said.
Winter had no other details about the case.
Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
-- Los Angeles Times
Anthony Aguilar, a 25-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Wednesday, June 9, in the 1800 block of Morningside Court in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
The deputy, assigned to the West Hollywood Station, was driving through a condominium complex early Wednesday morning when he witnessed a male and female near some parked cars acting suspiciously, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.
The deputy pulled up in his vehicle beside the two, identified himself as a deputy sheriff, and asked what they were doing in the area, authorities said.
The male, later identified by the coroner's office as Anthony Aguilar, then allegedly reached for his waistband, investigators said. Fearing Aguilar was arming himself, the deputy fired one round from his duty weapon, striking him, according to sheriff's officials.
Authorities were called and ...
Ramon Preciado Jr., a 19-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, May 10, in the 600 block of North Rockvale Avenue in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Preciado was approached by three people about 8:45 p.m., words were exchanged and he was shot, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office. The suspects fled after the shooting, Winter said.
The next day, authorities determined the shooting was gang-related.
Investigators identified the shooter as Jahziel Velenzo, a 17-year-old Latino. He's described as 5 foot 3 and weighs 160 pounds. Velenzo is currently at-large and should be considered to be armed and dangerous, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said.
Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of Velenzo is asked to contact sheriff’s Homicide Dets. K. Lowe at (323) 890-5604 or R. Hernandez at (323) 890-5549.
-- Sarah Ardalani