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Joe Nava, 44

Joe Nava, a 44-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, Aug. 1, in the 11400 block of Lindale Street in Norwalk, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Sheriff’s deputies went to the scene at 1:10 p.m. after receiving a call about an assault with a deadly weapon. 

When deputies arrived, they found Nava inside his home with gunshot wounds in his upper torso, according to a department news release. Nava was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:19 p.m., according to coroner's records.

Nava lived in the house with his sister and her boyfriend, who was detained for questioning by investigators, Lt. Steve Jauch said.

The boyfriend, Jose Nunez, a 44-year-old Latino, was arrested on suspicion of murder later that afternoon and booked into jail. 

Jauch refused to discuss what witnesses heard prior to the shooting, or what Nunez said during questioning.

“Based on what he told us during the interview, coupled with witness statements, we felt we had probable cause to book him for murder,” Jauch said. 

Investigators also found a rifle at the scene that they believe was used in the shooting, Jauch said. Nunez is not the owner of the rifle, Jauch said, but he would not comment further on who owned the gun. 

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.

Jeanette Marantos

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