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Man suspected of killing Los Feliz woman dies in fall

September 26, 2012 |  6:38 pm

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

A man in his 20s suspected of killing a Los Feliz woman Wednesday morning and starting a fight with neighbors apparently fell to his death while trying to scale a wall, authorities said.

Los Angeles police received several calls from residents in the 3600 block of Lowry Road about 10:40 a.m., reporting a "screaming woman" and three men fighting.

The body of a woman in her 70s was found in a driveway, Sgt. Frank Preciado said. The suspect, who may have rented a room from the victim, climbed a wall and fought with a housepainter at a neighboring residence before going back to the victim's home. He then scaled the wall again to fight with the painter and the owner of the second house, Preciado said.

When police arrived, they found the suspect's body about six feet from the wall. He appeared to have fallen to his death while trying to climb the wall yet again.

The identities of the victim and the suspect have not yet been released. Investigators believe the woman died from blunt-force trauma.

The two men who fought with the suspect received minor injuries and were treated at the scene, Preciado said.


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Image: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.