Arnold Farran, 75
Arnold Farran, a 75-year-old white man, was fatally shot Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the 500 block of Westlake Boulevard near Malibu in the unincorporated Santa Monica Mountains, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Farran’s house about 10:27 p.m. by one of his adult sons, who said his mother had called him to report she had just shot his father, said L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Derrick Alfred.
When deputies arrived at Farran’s house, they found his wife, Patricia Farran, a 76-year-old white woman, waiting out front in her car, Alfred said.
Deputies found Arnold Farran’s body inside the house, Alfred said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:48 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators found a gun in the house that they believe was involved in the shooting, Alfred said.
The couple had been married for many years, and Patricia Farran was alleging years of abuse by her husband, Alfred said.
“She told her sons that she had had enough,” Alfred said, “and then she made similar statements to the deputies.”
Farran was president of Arnold Farran Landscape Management, Inc., a company he started in 1984 and ran from his home, according to records from the California Secretary of State's office.
His wife was arrested that night and charged on Aug. 6 with murder, according to court records. She is being held in lieu of $3 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 5 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Van Nuys Courthouse West.
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.