LA Auxiliary Bishop's Killing Results in Arrest
An arrest has been made in connection with the shooting death of Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic Auxiliary Bishop David O'Connell. Sheriff Robert Luna is expected to release details in an afternoon news conference.
Media reports suggest that the arrest was made following a standoff in Torrance, but the Sheriff's department has not linked it to O'Connell's death. O'Connell, who had served as a priest and bishop in Los Angeles for 45 years, was found dead with a single gunshot wound at his home in Hacienda Heights on Saturday.
There were no signs of forced entry, and the crime is not believed to be random.
O'Connell was widely known as "Bishop Dave" and was vicar for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' San Gabriel Pastoral Region at the time of his death.
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, according to Archbishop José Gomez.
The Sheriff's Homicide Bureau has asked anyone with information regarding the shooting to come forward.