(L.A.) Bishop David O’Connell Fatally Shot in His Home

UPDATE: A suspect in the bishop’s death has been arrested. He is 65-year-old Carlos Medina, husband of the bishop’s housekeeper.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has announced that Los Angeles Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell was found dead of a gunshot wound on Saturday.

Investigators responded to a shooting death at 12:57 p.m. on Saturday in the LA suburb of Hacienda Heights, where an adult male was pronounced dead by paramedics.

The county’s Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office has released the following information pertaining to the bishop’s death:

Case number: 2023-01965

Manner of Death: Homicide

Cause of Death: Gunshot Wounds Of Head

Bishop David O'Connell birthday

The coroner and The New York Times give the bishop’s date of birth as July 16, 1953, while other sources such as Wikipedia claim he was born on August 16.

David O'Connell DOB

O’Connell was born in County Cork, Ireland, and ordained in the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 1979. Pope Francis named O’Connell an auxiliary bishop in 2015. He was 69 years old at the time of his demise.

RIP David Gerard O’Connell (July 16, 1953 – February 18, 2023)

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