(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.
Suspect in murder of Bishop O’Connell has been arrested. 65 year old Carlos Medina is the husband of the Bishop's housekeeper.
After a standoff and search 2 handguns were located at Medina's home. pic.twitter.com/N4ZP8FSSNd
— Kevin Dalton (@TheKevinDalton) February 20, 2023
Here is the car being towed. Carlos Medina had been confirmed as the suspect arrested on suspicion of killing Bishop David O’Connell. Medina’s wife worked as O’Connell’s housekeeper https://t.co/IxRxMebLQM pic.twitter.com/92mfoA1FU7
— Clara Harter (@_ClaraHarter) February 20, 2023
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
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.
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)
Bishop David O’Connell truly a man of God! Your sudden departure has left us extremely sad.may you rest in peace Bishop O’Connell. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/YZumDZkqZ5
— Norma Seni Pimentel (@nspimentel) February 19, 2023
This is L.A. Aux. Bishop David O’Connell, with one of my young clients. Bishop Dave, who was shot to death in his home today, was there for every child and family I have represented. Always. Helping, supporting and generally being the face of Jesus for me and many many others. pic.twitter.com/zdtEN25DGE
— Linda Dakin-Grimm (@LindaDakinGrimm) February 19, 2023
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