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Niece arrested in killing of LAPD officer's elderly mother


The South L.A. home where 79-year-old Cleo Hughes, the mother of an LAPD officer, was found shot to death on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

Police say the 79-year-old mother of a South Los Angeles police officer was murdered by her niece. L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the arrest of Barbara Jean Davenport, 60, for homicide on Thursday afternoon. He said the motive for the murder was robbery and that the suspect, Davenport, has a mild criminal background, but nothing that would have indicated her allegedly capable of such violence.

Cleo Hughes was found dead in her West 66th Street apartment on June 3 by her son, Chris Hughes, an LAPD officer who was checking on his mother because she wasn't answering her phone.

Immediately after the crime, police thought that Hughes might have been targeted for having law enforcement in her family. Now they believe it was Hughes' niece who committed the crime. Police say DNA evidence was key to identifying the suspect, also indicating that items had been stolen from Hughes' home. Davenport is being held on $1 million bail. 


After a car chase, officers shoot homicide suspect


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A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department said officers shot a suspect Thursday. Police had approached a shooting in progresss at about 4:17pm. The suspects, who allegely killed one victim and wounded another, apparently fled in their car, which led to a chase. The pursuit came to a head near the Burbank exit of the 170 freeway, at which point shots were fired, hitting one of the two suspects. His or her condition is not known. At the moment, no further details are available. 

Update (7:58pm): Officer Rosario Herrera says the suspect who was shot by officers was dead at the scene. The man, whose name and age have not been released, allegedly didn't comply with officers' orders after the chase ended. He allegedly reached back into his car, grabbed an object, and pointed it at officers. Contrary to initial reports, the man was alone in the car.