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Off-duty LAPD reserve officer fatally shoots son in Monrovia

February 25, 2010 | 11:00 pm
An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department reserve officer fatally shot his son Thursday evening at the family's home in Monrovia, authorities said.

The shooting took place about 6 p.m. in the 100 block of Andre Street, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The name and age of the victim were not released.

According to sources familiar with case, the son confronted his father with what appeared to be a large object. He was shot once in the chest, said the sources, who asked not to be named because the case is under investigation. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Whitmore said that sheriff's homicide detectives were leading the investigation. Detectives were working with a county prosecutor who was at the scene Thursday night.

"We don't know if there's going to be an arrest," Whitmore said. "It's early in the investigation."

The officer's name was not released.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez