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Man allegedly shoots, kills estranged wife during fight over children

July 16, 2012 |  5:45 am

A 34-year-old man was arrested Monday morning after allegedly shooting and killing his estranged wife in Walnut Park during a fight over their children, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Julio Ramon Solano, and the woman were believed to be arguing over the custody of their 6-year-old and 11-year-old about 8 p.m. on Sunday when Solano allegedly shot his wife in the 2800 block of Olive Street, said Los Angeles sheriff's Deputy Tony Moore.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was shot in the chest, Moore said. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The two children were home at the time but were not hurt, Moore said.

Solano then fled the scene but returned shortly before 3 a.m., where he was arrested by homicide detectives, Moore said. He was taken to the sheriff's Century Station for booking on suspicion of murder.

It wasn't clear if Solano returned to turn himself in, Moore said.

"We don't know why he came back," he said.

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services will take custody of the children.

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