Police suspect domestic violence in killing of West L.A. woman

Northridge, Calif. – About 100 officers from various agencies gathered on Thursday in Northridge, northeast of Los Angeles, in the area where a 60-year-old woman was found dead Thursday morning. Police, who were initially…

Police suspect domestic violence in killing of West L.A. woman

Northridge, Calif. – About 100 officers from various agencies gathered on Thursday in Northridge, northeast of Los Angeles, in the area where a 60-year-old woman was found dead Thursday morning.

Police, who were initially looking for two women in a white SUV in connection with the homicide, found all of them at a Northridge residence on Thursday.

“The murder weapon was believed to be a shotgun, and in the vehicle, officers recovered approximately eight casings,” L.A. Police Detective Dean Boyd said.

The woman was discovered by her elderly husband, who checked on her following a report of domestic violence. When she did not respond, he left his home and called for help. Officers arrived to find her lying in the garage, Boyd said.

Police arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

According to Boyd, the husband and woman had been feuding over money. They had recently separated.

“It is believed the suspect and victim had been involved in domestic violence,” Boyd said.

Investigators took more than 25 pieces of evidence from the scene.

At the residence in Northridge, police are working to piece together exactly what happened.

The woman’s house is abutted by another residence, and both are on a dead-end street that is off to the side. The gate to her property is a “very crude kind of fence,” said a neighbor who does not want to be identified.

But the fence sits somewhat in the back of the property, while the landscaping is more lush in the front. Other than the fence, the house has a distinctive array of plants and shrubs on the front yard, including a large shade tree.

The neighbor, who lives across the street from the woman, described her as a “sweet, nice lady.”

“She just seemed like a very nice, outgoing person,” the neighbor said.

“I just feel so sad,” said a woman who lives across the street and declined to give her name. “She was a very sweet person, and everybody knew her.”

“I loved seeing her when I dropped off my kids,” the neighbor said. “She was always so happy.”

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