The mayor of the Los Angeles-area city of Bell Gardens was shot and killed on Tuesday in what police are describing as a domestic dispute with his family.
Daniel Crespo Sr. was shot multiple times in the upper torso. The 45-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Lyvette Crespo, 43, was detained, questioned, and later released.
No charges have been filed.
According to NBC:
After interviewing Lyvette Crespo, Sheriff’s homicide detectives “determined that no arrests will be made at this time,” the department said in a statement late Tuesday. “The facts of the case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who will determine if criminal charges will be filed.”
Deputies said the couple were arguing when their 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr., intervened. Lyvette Crespo then grabbed a firearm and shot her husband, according to investigators. Their son voluntarily surrendered to Bell Gardens police, sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch told NBC News.
The mayor’s brother, William Crespo, spoke with NBC Southern California about his brother’s death.
“He loved (his family) more than life,” William Crespo added. “He loved his wife a lot, he always loved his wife.” State Senator Ricardo Lara and Assembly member Cristina Garcia, both Democrats who represent Bell Gardens, released a joint statement late Tuesday in which they offered their condolences and called Crespo’s death “a shocking and tremendous loss.”
Crespo became mayor last year after serving on the Bell Gardens City Council. The former probation officer and his wife were high school sweethearts, according to the mayor’s official biography.
The investigation into the shooting continues.
SOURCE: NBC | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc.