A man was arrested in connection to the shocking murder of a Los Angeles bishop on Saturday.
Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David McConnell was found dead in his Hacienda Heights home on Saturday afternoon. He killed by a single gunshot wound.
Just a day after his death was announced, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) confirmed they were investigating it as a homicide.
A suspect was detained by LASD deputies on Monday morning in Torrance, a city in southern Los Angeles County. Law enforcement officers and a SWAT team vehicle could be seen outside the suspect’s suburban home.
The Sheriff’s Department has not revealed many details about the investigation or arrest yet. Sources familiar with the investigation told the Los Angeles Times said the suspect was connected to a woman who had access to the bishop’s home.
LA County Sheriff Robert Luna is expected to give more details about the suspect at a press conference scheduled for 3pm local time.
O’Connell was born in County Cork, Ireland, and served as a priest in Los Angeles for his entire 45-year career. He was named Auxiliary Bishop in 2015 by Pope Francis.
‘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,’ Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez stated after his death.
After his death, parishioners flocked to his home to pray the rosary and mourn the beloved community leader.
Los Angeles leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti and Sheriff Luna, also expressed condolences for the fallen bishop.
Mayor Garcetti called O’Connell a ‘friend of many years’ and was a member of a prayer group with him during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘This city has lost one of its most beautiful angels,’ he said.
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