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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Stepfather Shoots and Kills His Stepson NR10592SF

Los Angeles: A murder suspect who shot and killed his stepson on Sunday night is taken into custody in the City of Long Beach. 

On Sunday, December 20, 2010, at around 9:30 p.m., officers from Mission Area responded to a radio call of “Shots Fired” at a residence in the 9100 block of Canterbury Avenue in Arleta.

When the officers arrived they saw a man being dragged out of the home.  It was later determined that 31-year-old Marco Hernandez had been shot multiple times by his stepfather and that his family was dragging him out of the home to safety.

The officers immediately searched the home for the suspect, 58-year-old Antonio Meza, who had driven away from the location before police and emergency personnel arrived.  Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department transported Marco Hernandez to a local hospital where he died as a result of his gunshot wounds.

During the investigation, Mission Area Homicide detectives learned that Meza was upset with Hernandez for an undisclosed reason.  The suspect confronted his stepson in the living room, produced a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and fired the gun multiple times. Hernandez was struck multiple times in the torso. 

Continuing their investigation, detectives were led to a motel located in the 5900 block of Long Beach Boulevard in the City of Long Beach.  Personnel from LAPD’s SWAT Team also responded to the location.  After approximately three hours, SWAT officers made contact with Meza who was taken into custody without significant incident.

The suspect, Antonio Meza was transported to Mission Area Community Police Station and later booked for Murder at the Valley Jail Section.  His bail was set at $1,000,000. 
It is anticipated that detectives will present this case to the District Attorney’s Office on December 22, 2010.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Mission Area homicide detectives at 818-838-9810. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.