A Catholic Bishop was shot and killed this past Saturday and more alarming details have been made available. Reports confirm that Bishop David O’Connell, 69, of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was found dead inside his home in Hacienda Heights just before 1 p.m.. When police arrived they found O'Connell, a native of Ireland, dead of a single gunshot wound to his torso. The initial investigation had no witnesses and no leads but, that would soon change.
There were cameras on the premises.
Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna says a caller told authorities that Francisco (Carlos) Medina, 65, the husband of O'Connell's housekeeper, was acting irrationally and had made comments about O’Connell “owing him money.” With the surveillance and tips, investigators issued a warrant for Medina’s arrest.
Medina was believed to be in central California, but a community member alerted police that Medina had returned to his home in L.A. County at around 2 a.m. Monday. Investigators surrounded the home, where Medina eventually exited after an hours-long standoff. It’s unclear which charges Medina is facing.
Detectives recovered guns from Medina’s home, which are currently being examined to determine if they were used during the killing.
Medina's wife, the housekeeper, was not present during the shooting or during his arrest. She has been cooperating with detectives during the investigation.
O’Connell was appointed bishop in 2015 and served the Los Angeles area for 45 years. He was known as a community peacemaker and dedicated himself to serving immigrant communities in L.A.
“My heart grieves. Although I did not personally know the bishop, I cannot tell you how many phone calls I have received in the last 48 hours … This man, this bishop, made a huge difference in our community. He was loved,” Luna said.
Parishioners gathered outside his home to mourn his death and pray for his family. He has often been called the “help of the helpless” and a “man of peace.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with this devastated community.