Homicide Investigation at Scene of a Fire NR20148jc

July 5, 2020

West Hills: On June 29, 2020, approximately 2:45 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) personnel responded to a call for service for a structure fire at the 23200 block of Victory Boulevard.

After having extinguished the fire, LAFD personnel checked the inside of the residence and discovered the remains of a male decedent with a severe injury to his throat. A notification was made to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Upon their arrival, LAPD officers determined a crime had occurred and secured the crime scene. As the officers investigated the scene, a woman (later identified as the suspect) approached them and stated that she had set the residence ablaze and had also murdered the victim found inside of the residence. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

A knife was recovered at the scene and booked as evidence.

The victim’s identity is not being released pending notification to next of kin.

Detectives from LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) also responded and assumed investigative responsibility of the investigation.