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Man allegedly killed by wife, a CHP officer, is identified

February 23, 2009 | 12:26 pm

Authorities have identified a man allegedly killed by his wife, a California Highway Patrol officer. Marcus Lavar Lemons, 31, of Los Angeles died Saturday night after being shot in the upper body, said Operations Chief Craig Harvey of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Lemons and his wife, who was off-duty, were in the 400 block of Amantha Avenue in Compton when he “became verbally and physically combative,” said Deputy Aura Sierra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“She was able to retrieve a firearm and shoot the suspect,” Sierra said.

Lemons was pronounced dead at the scene, and the shooting is being investigated as a domestic violence incident, she said. The officer’s name has not been released, and Sierra said she did not know if the wife was taken into custody.

-- Corina Knoll