Marco Puga, 24
Marco Puga, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, June 14, at the corner of 20th and Meyler Streets in San Pedro, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The incident began about 8 a.m., when Puga’s girlfriend, a married woman, dropped him off at the intersection where he had parked his car, said Los Angeles Police Officer Greg Halka.
The woman’s husband had discovered the lovers and was looking for Puga, Halka said. The woman drove away when she saw her husband approaching Puga’s car. The two men got into an argument, and then the husband allegedly shot Puga multiple times in the upper torso.
Puga was able to get into his car and drive to his home a few blocks away, Halka said. His family called 911, and Puga was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
The husband drove away from the scene as well, Halka said, but witnesses were able to provide a description of him and his distinctive car.
Investigators found the husband later that day at a hotel in Lomita. He drove away from the hotel, and officers pursued him for about 20 minutes, Halka said.
The man was on the phone with his wife during the pursuit, and officers were "controlling the conversation," Halka said, giving her advice about what to say to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.
“We were worried about public safety, her safety and his safety," Halka said. "We wanted to make sure we did this as cleanly as possible.”
The pursuit ended when the man drove to LAPD’s Harbor Station parking lot and turned himself in about 5:30 p.m., Halka said.
Fernando Duarte was arrested on suspicion of murder and booked into Los Angeles County Jail, where bail was set at $2,075,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned on June 29 at the Long Beach courthouse for one count of murder and one count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving.