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Bell Gardens Mayor Shot, Killed; Wife Detained

Bell Gardens Mayor Shot, Killed; Wife Detained

Several shots rang out in the heat of a domestic dispute between Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo, his 19-year-old son, and his wife Tuesday afternoon, when Mrs. Crespo allegedly grabbed a gun and shot her husband several times.

Details continue to emerge surrounding the circumstances of the shooting on the 6300 block of Gage Avenue, but Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Nicole Nishida said the son intervened after Crespo and his wife began fighting in the home’s master bedroom, the Los Angeles Times reported. As the father and son fought, Mrs. Crespo allegedly retrieved a gun and shot her husband at around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Crespo, 45 years old, died en route to the hospital, Bell Gardens Fire Department officials confirmed. Crespo’s wife Levette, has been detained.

The couple’s son was taken to the hospital after the incident to treat facial injuries resulting from the struggle. Authorities there questioned him regarding the events, the Times noted.

Daniel Crespo is a native of the Bronx, New York, the City of Bell Gardens website states. “In 1986, Mayor Crespo, a young teenager, married his high school sweetheart and has been married ever since.” A daughter was born to the couple the next year and their son was born several years later in 1994.

“Mayor Crespo has been a Deputy Probation Officer for the past 15 years,” states the city website. Crespo was elected to City Council in 2001.

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