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Off-duty CHP officer allegedly kills husband

February 22, 2009 |  4:15 pm

An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed her husband in Compton after he "became verbally and physically combative," sheriff’s officials said today.

The officer and her husband’s identities have not been released, but the shooting about 11 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Amantha Avenue appears to be related to a domestic violence incident, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

As her husband became verbally and physically combative, the off-duty officer found a weapon and shot him once in the upper torso, the Sheriff’s Department said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Richard Li said he did not know if the off-duty officer was taken into custody or if she would face criminal charges in the shooting.

--Ari Bloomekatz