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Video: Firefighter Kills Sheriff's Deputy Wife, Self

September 08, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Firefighter Kills Sheriff's Deputy Wife, Self

A Southern California firefighter fatally shot his wife, a sheriff's deputy, inside their home before turning the gun on himself in an apparent-murder suicide, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said on Monday, reports KTLA.

Deputies initially responded to a report of a "woman screaming" at approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday in the city of La Canada Flintridge, according to a Sheriff's Department's news release.

Based on a preliminary investigation, it appeared the couple had been involved in some sort of fight or altercation when the husband opened fire, Lt. David Coleman of the sheriff's Homicide Bureau said at an early morning news conference.

Deputies arrived at the residence and found the victim, who suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified by the Sheriff's Department as Cecilia Hoschet, a 2-year veteran of the department. She was 32 years old and worked at the inmate reception center of the L.A. County jail.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Dep. Cecilia Hoschet was shot and killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Sept. 6, 2015. (Photo: LASD)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Dep. Cecilia Hoschet was shot and killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Sept. 6, 2015. (Photo: LASD)

Investigators later learned that the husband, a Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter named James M. Taylor, drove to a county fire facility in Pacoima and apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The couple has a 6-year-old son, and he was home at the time of the fatal shooting.

The lieutenant said the man took his son after the shooting and dropped him off a family member's house before heading to the facility.

Hoschet's fellow deputies have established a GoFundMe account "in an effort to contribute to (her) son's future."


Comments (5)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 9/8/2015 5:29 PM

What a tragic mess! Apparently there was some sort of a family fight? Have to wait for more details if in fact there are any more to release. Rest in Peace Deputy Hoschet and may God watch over your family and the little boy who is now without parents.

Leonard Mather @ 9/8/2015 5:43 PM

While employed as a full Professor teaching Psychological Foundations of Criminal Behavior at a college in Northern VA, I offered my services as a Forensic Psychologist to both Alexandria and Arlington Police Departments. My purpose was to demonstrate the usefulness of consulting with a Psychologist. I believe that funding should exist for having such position so as to allow for being called upon. The set up could be similar to that of School Psychologists that serve a number of schools. The need is obvious as per this specific story.

crispianranger @ 9/8/2015 6:11 PM

How awful. The job is hard enough with targets on our backs, without the worry of being shot at home. My thoughts go out to the boy and to both departments who have lost colleagues.

notmeofficer @ 9/9/2015 2:53 AM

Lasd here
Coward had to kill himself at a fire station ...
Our hearts bleed in this tragedy as one of ours gets killed
All that effort...snuffed out
A child without parents now screwed up for life... how does one deal with daddy killed mommie...and mommie was the sheriff
Sad.. sick.. tragic

May God be with her...and Lasd surround her with love...always

Kojack58 @ 9/9/2015 3:51 AM

It is so hard to hear that a couple who have had to go through all kinds of psychological testing and making the grade could not work it out without violence. Brothers and sisters if you have marital problems ask for help or legally separate and move forward with your lives. Violence is not the answer.

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