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UPDATE: West Hollywood Deputy Arrested in Shooting

Deputy Francisco Gamez was booked on suspicion of murder on Wednesday.

A deputy assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's West Hollywood Station was arrested today on suspicion of shooting and killing a Sylmar man.

Deputy Francisco Gamez, 41, is a 17-year veteran of the department and has been assigned to the West Hollywood Station since 2005. He was relieved of duty with pay on July 3 pending the outcome of the investigation, Sheriff Lee Baca said.

"The off-duty acts that led to the arrest of Francisco Gamez are deeply disturbing to me and to the entire Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department,'' Baca said. "The sheriff's department has been fully cooperating with the Los Angeles Police Department since first learning of the investigation.''

Gamez's pay would be suspended as of Thursday and "termination is not out of the question,'' sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Gamez was booked on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the June 17 shooting that killed Armando Casillas.

Gamez was booked into the 77th Street Community Police Station Jail and held on $4 million bail, police said.

Detectives are preparing the case for filing with the District Attorney's Office, police said.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Community Police Station were flagged down by residents in the 14000 block of Beaver Street on June 17 and directed to Casillas, who had been wounded, police said.

Casillas was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. A second victim also shot at by the assailant but was not injured, according to police.

LAPD detectives began to investigate the case and learned that the suspect might be a sheriff's deputy, police said.

The Los Angeles Times, citing police sources it did not name, reported that Gamez's son got into an argument with someone in the neighborhood and called his father, who then allegedly drove to the area and shot the 38-year- old victim.

"I believe it was the result of some type of dispute and that dispute escalated to the point where the shooting occurred,'' Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andy Smith of the Media Relations Section told reporters.

Marylou Casillas said her brother was a helpful neighbor and news of the arrest left her family feeling bittersweet.

"This is just the beginning and hopefully justice will be served for my brother,'' she told CBS2.

Joseph Casillas Jr., the victim's brother, expressed disappointment that a deputy could be involved in the slaying.

"He's supposed to protect the community and for him to be a professional (and) do something like that, it's not right,'' he told CBS2.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call Los Angeles police detectives Louis Zorrilla or Maria Perez at (213) 486-6890.

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maya edwards November 17, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Jimmy ... Of course, good and bad, light and shadow, etc. I can personally attest that a close, young female relative of mine, recently and out of the blue, became the victim of a 'bullying' police officer in MA. This in turn became a 'false arrest' requiring her to spend a night in jail, appear twice in court and suffer PTSD. Of course, the case was dimissed as there was no evidence to verify the false charges and the officer has a long history of 'bullying. What I am really saying is that we each must take responsibility to live our own lives honestly and with integrity. It may be hard to grok but we are all a part of the one Source of all, mirrors and reflections.There are allies in the world of darkness. Expressing the highest good for all concerned can be contagious, too.
jimmy palmieri November 18, 2012 at 01:16 AM
this is getting too zen for me
mitch mabee November 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Marvin Marvin Marvin you are a blessing sent from heaven to all felons with a badge. People like you give hope to lawless individuals that want to live a life enforcing the law and never obeying it. Police thugs of every police dept in Calif will sleep the sleep of angels knowing that there's still a few Marvin's out there doing what they can to prevent police accountability. Way to go Marv
mitch mabee November 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM
They are not confident, Maya for instance is irretrievably deluded. Granted the ethereal fluffy up with people world she lives in sounds like something from Hello Kitty Island Adventure but she is of little use to a community trying to control police dept's that show us everyday with their actions that they are not the least bit concerned about accountability. The police commit so many felonies on a daily basis because they feel quite protected from ever facing justice. Maya's hug a tree, knit a quilt theories will be of little use in these areas.
Watch December 07, 2012 at 01:14 AM
It's funny how they don't mention that the victim was a known gang member that had previous altercations with other civilians around the neighborhood the same night and was believed to have been intoxicated.

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