Iva Lee Garrett, 75
Iva Lee Garrett, a 75-year-old white woman, was shot and killed Thursday, Jan. 11, in the 11800 block of Shoemaker Avenue in South Whittier, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Garrett and her husband, Columbus Gerald Garrett, 74, were in the living room of their home around 9 p.m. when their daughter, who was in the back of the house, heard two gunshots, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The daughter came into the living room, saw her parents had been shot and called 911, Mendoza said.
Investigators found Iva Garrett on the couch. She had been shot in the head, according to coroner’s records. Her husband was in his wheelchair beside her, with a gunshot wound to his head and a revolver lying near his chair.
The two were pronounced dead at the scene at 9:20 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators say Columbus Garrett killed his wife and then shot himself. His death was ruled a suicide, according to coroner’s records.
“They were both having medical problems in their elderly age, and we believe that was the motive,” Mendoza said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.