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Arrest made in fatal shooting of LAPD officer's mother

Detectives on the scene of the June slaying.

Los Angeles police have arrested a woman they say killed Cleo Hughes, the elderly mother of an LAPD officer.

Hughes’ niece, Barbara Jean Davenport, 59, was taken into custody Wednesday night and booked on suspicion of murder, police said. Hughes, 79, was shot fatally in the chest sometime late at night on  June 2 or early the following day, according to county coroner's records.

Her son, Officer Christopher Hughes, had dropped his mother off at her home in South L.A. on the night of June 2, a Saturday, and called her Sunday morning but got no response, LAPD officials said at the time of the killing. Hughes went to his mother’s home Sunday around noon to check on her and discovered her body.

Detectives from the department’s robbery-homicide division investigated the killing and sought to determine whether Christopher Hughes’ work as a cop had caused to his mother to become a target.

Instead the investigation led them to Davenport, who police believe killed her aunt while attempting to rob her, according to police.

Police officials are planning to release more details of the case at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

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-- Joel Rubin

Photo: Detectives on the scene of the slaying. Credit: KTLA News.

 
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