Western Village, Laguna Woods, Calif.
— A couple of days after the shooting death of a 20-year-old West Lagunas man by his estranged wife, his estranged father took the family to a local police station.
A few hours later, he was arrested.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that officers interviewed a man who told them the shooting was justified because he had been involved in a domestic dispute with his wife and that the woman was armed.
His wife has not been arrested.
A motive for the shooting remains unknown.
It happened on Thursday afternoon in the West Village, according to police.
Police did not release any details about the suspect, but said he appeared to be “unfit for the position” of the department and that they were investigating the shooting.
“There’s a lot of unanswered questions, and we are doing everything in our power to find the truth,” Sheriff Laurie Smith said in an interview with KABC-TV.
Authorities said a woman was in the home when the shooting occurred.
She has not yet been identified, but her boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery.
The man’s estranged father, identified as Joe M., told the Los Angeles Times that he and his wife were going to the police station because he was concerned about what was going on with his estranged daughter, who had been diagnosed with mental health issues.
They said they went to the station when the woman who was shot came in.
M. told the newspaper he and the woman’s daughter had argued and the daughter “went off on Joe and his daughter and that was the reason he shot her.”
The suspect was identified as Jose R. Martinez, a former Marine and former police officer.