Mimi Dola, a 29-year-old Asian woman, was pronounced dead on Tuesday, Oct. 2, after she was stabbed and strangled in the 20700 block of Anza Avenue in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Family members from the East Coast called the Torrance Police Department asking officers to check on Dola's welfare, said Sgt. Ronald Harris.
When officers arrived at her apartment, they found Dola and her male roommate, Tuan Kim Bui, a 46-year-old Asian, unresponsive inside the apartment, Harris said.
The two were pronounced dead at 1:33 p.m., according to coroner's records. Bui's death was ruled a suicide by a single gunshot to the head, according to coroner's records.
Dola's death was ruled a homicide, caused by stab wounds to the chest and manual strangulation, according to coroner's records.
Investigators believe Dola and Bui had ...
Bronze Obinna Ibe, a 28-year-old black man, died Wednesday, June 20, after he was shot in the 24400 block of Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
The night before, Torrance police officers were called to the Home Depot parking lot at 24451 Crenshaw Blvd. at 11:38 p.m., regarding shots fired. They found Ibe in the parking lot with gunshot wounds, according to a department news release.
Ibe was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m., according to coroner's records.
The release did not provide any suspect information. Sgt. Ronald Harris, a police spokesman, said he couldn't provide more details about Ibe or the crime scene.
The Daily Breeze published photos of investigators working around a white Chevrolet El Camino and quoted Harris as saying it wasn't known whether ...
Michael David Lopez, a 44-year-old Latino, was fatally shot by police on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the 2800 block of South Sepulveda Boulevard in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Torrance police spotted Lopez, who was driving a green Ford Ranger and was believed to be under the influence, and tried to pull him over about 2 a.m., according to a news release. Lopez refused to stop, and a chase began, authorities said.
Police twice tried to stop Lopez by hitting the back of his truck in an effort to send it into a spin, a tactic known as a Pursuit Intervention Technique, or a PIT maneuver. The second attempt ended in the 2800 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, where police shot Lopez, the release said.
He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:44 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
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Michelle Lee Shirley, a 39-year-old black woman, was shot to death by a Torrance police officer Monday, Oct. 31, near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Cabrillo Avenue in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
About 2:28 p.m., Torrance officers received a multiple calls about a reckless driver, according to a news release. Callers said a Ford Fusion,had collision damage and that the side airbags had deployed, the release said.
Once police spotted the car, officers boxed it in, according the news release. As the driver tried to get away, officers opened fire on the car, striking the driver, who was later identified as Shirley, the release said.
Shirley, of San Diego, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m., according to coroner's records.
The shooting is being investigated under the direction of ...
Tatiana Alexandra Howard, a 48-year-old white woman, was shot and killed Sunday, Aug. 14, in the 100 block of Palos Verdes Boulevard in Redondo Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Howard, of San Bruno, Calif., was visiting her father, Robert Howard, 78, when the two got into a "family disagreement" around 9:15 p.m., said Torrance police spokesman Sgt. Paul Kranke
A niece and a cousin who were in the home at the time told investigators that the father pulled out a handgun and shot his daughter, Kranke said.
The other family members ran out of the apartment, Kranke said, and the niece ran to a neighbor who called the police.
When officers arrived, they saw Robert Howard standing outside, Kranke said. When he saw the officers, he went back inside his apartment and the officers heard another shot from inside.
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Keon Bailey, a 20-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, March 8, at 18099 Prairie Ave. in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Bailey walked into Leilani’s Jewelers just before noon and pointed a gun at the store owner in a robbery attempt, Torrance Police Department spokesman Sgt. Paul Kranke said.
The owner of the store pulled out his own gun and fired twice, killing Bailey, Kranke said.
Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:17 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators found a 9-millimeter handgun at the scene they think belonged to Bailey, Kranke said. The gun had not been fired, he said.
The jewelry store owner called 911 immediately after the shooting and has been cooperating with investigators, Kranke said. The police department has not released his name, but in an interview with the ...
Tina Antero Lawrence, a 47-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Sunday, Oct. 11, in the 3800 block of West 180th Place in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 12:20 a.m., neighbors called police after hearing an argument and gunshots, said Sgt. Paul Kranke with the Torrance Police Department.
Investigators found that Lawrence and her 32-year-old live-in boyfriend had gotten into an argument, Kranke said. The man then pulled out a gun and shot Lawrence, then shot himself.
Lawrence was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:35 a.m.
Investigators determined that the boyfriend was mentally ill, hadn’t been taking his medication and accused his girlfriend of having an affair.
The weapon was registered to Lawrence, Kranke said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Torrance Police Detective Division at (310) 618-5570. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers ...
Mytatiyana Wynekasherrie Conner, a 27-year-old black woman, was shot and killed Saturday, March 28, in the 22500 block of Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 12:45 a.m., Conner was involved in “some kind of argument or confrontation” that evolved into a gun battle in the parking lot of the Gable House Bowl bowling alley, said Torrance Police Sgt. Paul Kranke. Multiple shots were fired, Kranke said, but the only person struck appeared to be Conner, who lived in the Westmont area of Los Angeles, about 15 miles northeast of Torrance.
Investigators have made no arrests and have little information about what happened that morning, Kranke said. Of the three suspects arrested that evening, one remains in custody on a parole violation, one is in jail on an unrelated warrant and the third has been released, he said. No charges have been ...
Rafaela Maria De Casas, a 69-year-old Latina, was found dead Saturday, Sept. 20, in the 3800 block of West 226th Street in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Police went to an apartment in the area about 8:15 p.m. and found an "incoherent" man with self-inflicted wounds and a woman with what appeared to be stab wounds, said Torrance Police Sgt. Paul Kranke.
The woman, identified as De Casas, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:18 p.m. said Ed Winter, assistant chief of investigations for the coroner’s office.
The man, identified as De Casas’ son, Rudy De Casas, was taken to a hospital and is in police custody.
“I think he kind of took care of her,” Kranke said of the woman, who lived with her son and his wife.
Kranke said it is unknown whether De Casas was under the ...
Sergio Wilms, a 19-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Jan. 18 outside a condominium complex in the 18200 block of Van Ness Ave. in Torrance, according to authorities.
At the time of his shooting, Wilms was allegedly attacking a teenage boy packing a car for a Boy Scout camping trip. Carmen Reyes, a 58-year-old Asian man, was arrested the same day and then released four days later pending further investigation.
A police spokesman told KTLA that the boy's mother had screamed for help and Reyes, who was renting a room from her, allegedly ran outside with a weapon and shot and killed Wilms.
"Bottom line is somebody was killed and we need to know why this happened, or how this happened," Sgt. Robert Watt said.
The Daily Breeze reported that people who knew Wilms were stunned by reports that he had been violent. A former teacher of Wilms at ...