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Henry Xavier Estrada, 27

Henry Xavier Estrada (2015-12-27)

Henry Xavier Estrada, a 27-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, Dec. 27, in the 6900 block of Camrose Drive, near North Sycamore Avenue in the Hollywood Hills, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Estrada and his girlfriend had gone to a rental “party house” on North Sycamore Avenue, when a man lured the couple outside via electronic communication, said LAPD Lt. John Radtke.

“They thought they were meeting someone else,” he said.

According to witnesses, the man confronted the couple when they walked outside, and then chased Estrada up Camrose Drive and shot him, Radtke said.

The man, later identified as Tien Phuong Hua, a 33-year-old Vietnamese man, then came back and tried to kidnap his former girlfriend, who police say was dating Estrada, pulling her into his car, investigators say. Hua became distracted, however, Radtke said, and the woman was able to escape before Hua drove east on Camrose Drive in his light-colored sedan.

Estrada was pronounced dead at the scene at 9 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds, according to coroner’s records.  

The dispute that led to the shooting “appears to have been a relationship issue,” Radtke said.

Two days later, investigators got a warrant to arrest Hua on suspicion of murder in the Rosemead home where he lived with his parents. Hua was alone at the house, Radtke said, and refused to come out.

A SWAT team was called to the scene for crisis negotiations, according to the news release. After several hours of unsuccessful negotiations, SWAT officers shot tear gas into the house to try to force Hua out about 8 p.m., The Times reported.

At some point, according to a department news release, Hua went into the backyard and climbed onto a storage shed with an “object in his hand.”

Officers ordered him to surrender, according to the release, but Hua “turned and pointed an object toward the officers.”

A SWAT officer fired his rifle, striking Hua, who fell from the storage shed into the backyard, police said.

Hua was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound at 9:12 p.m.

On Jan. 6, the LAPD identified the officer involved in the shooting as Officer III Richard Alba. Investigators did not find a weapon next to Hua’s body, Radtke said, but they did find an intact handgun and pieces of another handgun in Hua’s car parked outside the house.

Investigators think the handgun pieces could have been from the weapon that killed Estrada, Radtke said. “It was consistent with the murder weapon, but we probably won’t be able to confirm it because it’s in pieces,” he said.

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