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Bell Gardens Mayor Fatally Shot At His Home, Wife Is In Custody

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Mayor Daniel Crespo of Bell Gardens was fatally shot in his home this afternoon.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told the Los Angeles Times that Crespo died and his wife has been taken into custody. NBC reports that the shooting occurred during a fight. Crespo reportedly punched the couple’s 19-year-old son when the teen tried to intervene during the dispute. The wife then allegedly shot the mayor.

Earlier this afternoon a Bell Gardens city employee confirmed that Mayor Daniel Crespo had been shot, CBS LA reports. Crespo was shot in the 6300 block of Gage Avenue around 2:30 p.m.

According to Crespo's bio on the Bell Gardens website, he had been married to his high school sweetheart since 1986. They had two children together. He had worked as a deputy probation officer for the past 15 years. For the past five years he worked in a gang and narcotics unit. Crespo moved to Bell Gardens from New York in 1987 and was elected to City Council in 2001.

This shooting comes a year after the Bell Gardens City Council canceled a meeting after they receiving threats on Facebook, according to EGP News.

Anyone with information is asked to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, Homicide Bureau, at (323) 890-5500.