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California Mayor Fatally Shot by His Wife During Fight: Police


UPDATE, 9/30 — 2:10 a.m. ET: The woman who fatally shot her husband, the Bell Gardens, California mayor, has been released by authorities:

The mayor of Bell Gardens, California, was fatally shot by his wife during a dispute on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The situation turned deadly after Mayor Daniel Crespo allegedly punched his 19-year-old son when he tried to intervene during the fight. Crespo’s wife, Levette, proceeded to allegedly shoot her husband several times in the torso.

She was later detained for questioning, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Crystal Hernandez said.

(BellGardens.org/NBCLA) (BellGardens.org/NBCLA)

Crespo and his wife were high school sweethearts who married in 1986. They met in New York, according to a biography on the city's website.

Bell Gardens, a suburb of about 43,000, is located about 18 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Crespo was elected to the City Council in 2001. The council is a part-time job and members take turns serving as mayor.

Crespo has been a county deputy probation officer for 15 years, according to the website. However, county CEO Bill Fujioka stated in a Twitter posting that Crespo had more than 21 years with the probation department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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