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Veteran San Diego County prosecutor an apparent suicide

November 11, 2011 |  2:45 pm

A veteran San Diego County prosecutor has died in an apparent suicide, officials said Friday.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Christine Trevino, 51, died Thursday night in Oceanside while sitting in her car at a traffic signal. She had worked for the district attorney's office for 21 years, handling cases involving narcotics, gangs and child support.

Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said Trevino "will be missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to be her colleagues." Grief counseling was being offered to employees of the district attorney's office.

Trevino was talking to a Carlsbad police officer when she pulled out a handgun and killed herself, Oceanside police said.

Police in Escondido, where Trevino lived, had broadcast a message to all law enforcement in the area after learning that Trevino was threatening suicide.

No reason for the apparent suicide was disclosed.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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