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NBC executive's shooting reclassified from accident to homicide by LAPD, victim's father says

March 25, 2011 |  8:38 am

Kaplon The father of an NBCUniversal executive fatally shot last week said police had initially told the family the shooting was an accident.

But a few days later, detectives returned to say they believe it was homicide -- but would not provide details or a possible motive.

Brian Russell Kaplon, a married father of two, died March 18 from a gunshot wound to the chest at the home of David Andrew Armstrong.

The victim's father, Joe Kaplon, said Armstrong had several guns in his house, including rifles.

“Because of one of those guns I had to bury my son yesterday,” Joe Kaplon said in an interview with The Times on Thursday.

Records show that Armstrong was detained by police after the shooting but released. But on Thursday, he was arrested. Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Kaplon's death was determined to be a homicide.

The shooting occurred at Armstrong's home in the 20000 block of Vercelli Way at 12:45 a.m. Kaplon was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 15 minutes later.

Armstrong, 32, was charged Thursday with murder in connection with Kaplon's death, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Armstrong was twice able to raise bail, first when it was set at $1 million. He then came up with $2 million in bail after he was re-arrested.

Kaplon, a finance executive at NBCUniversal, was described by friends and co-workers as affable and creative.


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Photo: Brian Russell Kaplon. Credit: KTLA