Marin Independent Journal

Death of man who shot officers ruled a suicide


A wanted parolee who shot and wounded three Los Angeles police officers last week killed himself during a standoff, authoritie­s said Tuesday.

Jonathan Magana, 32, died from suicide by a gunshot wound to the head, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said.

Magana also had several gunshot wounds from police who returned fire after he shot the officers last Wednesday in the Lincoln Heights neighborho­od, LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday.

Magana, a convicted robber released from prison in April, was being sought on suspicion of violating his parole and for extortion, police have said.

He was tracked to what appeared to be a unit converted into a basement living space in an apartment building that was under constructi­on, authoritie­s said.

After a two-hour confrontat­ion, police fired tear gas in an effort to force Magana's surrender but he opened fire, wounding three K-9 unit officers, who were pulled to safety as other officers returned fire, police have said.

The wounded officers have been released from the hospital and are expected to recover. Authoritie­s said one was shot in an arm, another in a leg and a third in the body although body armor probably deflected the round, KTTV-TV reported, citing authoritie­s.

A SWAT team was called in and after several more hours a camera-equipped robot spotted an unmoving Magana inside the building, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two semiautoma­tic handguns, including an unregister­ed ghost gun, were found next to Magana, Moore told the Police Commission. He said the shooting remained under investigat­ion.

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