Arrest made in shooting death of Los Angeles Catholic auxiliary bishop

An arrest has been made in connection to the death of Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Lizette Falcon told the Associated Press Monday morning an arrest was made. The Los Angeles Times reported a man in the city of Torrance was an arrested, citing a law enforcement source.

Authorities told USA TODAY Sheriff Robert Luna will hold a press conference to announce the details of the suspect and arrest at 12 p.m. PT.

The Los Angeles Times added sources said the suspect is linked to a woman with access to the bishop’s home in Hacienda Heights, about 25 miles northeast of Torrance.

The arrest comes less than 24 hours after authorities said the death of the high-ranking Catholic Church was being investigated as a homicide.

Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies guard the entrance to the street of Bishop David O’Connell’s home in Hacienda Heights, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023.

What we know about Bishop David O’Connell’s shooting death

Homicide detectives arrived at the home in Hacienda Heights, about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Saturday afternoon to respond to a “shooting death investigation,” where O’Connell was found with a gunshot wound and pronounced dead at the scene.

O’Connell, who was from Ireland, was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1979, the Vatican News reported, before Pope Francis appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles in June 2015.

Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez said in a statement Sunday he was “deeply disturbed and saddened” to learn O’Connell’s death was being investigated as a homicide and asked for prayers for his family.

“He was a peacemaker with a heart for the poor and the immigrant, and he had a passion for building a community where the sanctity and dignity of every human life was honored and protected,” Gomez said in a statement Saturday. “He was also a good friend, and I will miss him greatly.”

Masses at churches across the region were dedicated to O’Connell on Sunday. Neighbors and parishioners left flowers and candles and prayed the rosary next to police tape in Hacienda Heights. About 50 people prayed and sang in a vigil Sunday afternoon near part of the neighborhood surrounded by crime scene tape.

Contributing: Associated Press

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Arrest made in death of Los Angeles Bishop David O’Connell




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