LBPD Reveals Details of Apparent Murder/Suicide

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crime-scene-tape murder/suicideOn August 15, 2010, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to assist Long Beach Park Rangers on a person with a gun call inside El Dorado Park, and discovered a male adult victim who appeared to have died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

When Park Rangers arrived, they found the victim who had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body, sitting by a tree inside the park. Officers were unable to identify the victim at the scene, and his body was released to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

The victim was later identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as 38-year-old Jason Walston of Long Beach. Long Beach police responded to the home of the victim, located in the 1900 block of Lees Avenue, in an attempt to notify the decedent’s family. After receiving no response at the door, officers forced entry into the residence to check on the well being of the occupants. While searching the residence, officers found the body of 35-year-old Amy Walston, the wife of Jason Walston whom he shared the home with.

Homicide detectives responded to scene to conduct an investigation and are treating this as a homicide. The cause of Amy’s death was not apparent at the scene and will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office pending the autopsy. Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears as though Jason Walston may have murdered his wife, Amy Walston, prior to committing suicide.

The couple shared a 4-year-old daughter who was staying with family members and was not home at the time of the incident.

Anyone who may have any information regarding these incidents is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives David Rios and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244.

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