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Hollywood shootout: Detectives focusing on gunman's breakup

December 12, 2011 |  3:22 pm


Los Angeles police investigators are focusing on the theory that a gunman who opened fire in Hollywood last week was despondent over breaking up with his girlfriend. Officers fatally shot the man.

Law enforcement sources said the breakup was being viewed at this time as the most likely motive in the man's rampage but stressed that the investigation was still ongoing.

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Tyler Brehm, 26, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body after being shot by two LAPD officers during Friday’s incident, Coroner’s Deputy Chief Ed Winter said.

Brehm had messaged his ex-girlfriend before the incident. On Dec. 7, he had changed his Facebook profile to single. He had dated Alicia Alligood, a model, for 4 1/2 years.

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In an interview with KTLA News, she described Brehm as "really stressed out lately" and said he'd recently started taking pharmaceutical drugs.

In his Twitter account photo, Brehm is pictured in a shirt and tie with Rayban sunglasses and drug paraphernalia –- a bong -- in the background.

He and Alligood had moved to Los Angeles County about a year ago for her work as a model.


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Photo: LAPD officers with guns drawn stand over Tyler Brehm after Friday's random shootings on Vine Street in Hollywood. Credit: Gregory Bojorquez/Associated Press