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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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Marvin Louis Wolf Attorney November 15, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I am so sad about this story. The West Hollywood deputies do a great job for so many of us, and this event wrenches the soul. Marvin L. Wolf Attorney at Law
jimmy palmieri November 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
WEST HOLLYWOOD POLICE BRUTALITY? READ THIS BLOG....I WAS THERE WHEN IT WAS TOLD TO MY COMMISSION! http://jimmypalmieri.blogspot.com/2012/11/soooo.html
maya edwards November 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
As a West Hollywood resident, I feel secure and blessed to have the WeHo Sheriff's Station so nearby. They are great and dedicated to serve and protect. It is difficult to explain what happens in a person's mind when attempting to protect their children. Very sad for all involved parties and their loved ones.
maya edwards November 15, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Jimmy ... I read your blog. If this information is correct , I'm sure the WeHo Sheriff's Dept. has or will be taking the appropriate action to Protect and Serve.
jimmy palmieri November 15, 2012 at 06:01 PM
MAYA, WE CAN HOPE. THIS OF COURSE SEEMS TO BE CYCLICAL, IN MY 18 YEAR TENURE IN WEST HOLLYWOOD. I , OF COURSE , IN THAT TIME , TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED AND AM NEVER "SURE" THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A SOLUTION.
maya edwards November 15, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Jimmy, you are so right about taking nothing for granted. At this stage of my life, I am practicing holding the consciousness of Peace and Love for all our fellow humans. Our world as we know it, is in such chaos. All the best.
Weho local November 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I wish I was as confident as some of you in the west hollywood police. I have been disappointed and disgusted with their behavior on several occasions.
maya edwards November 16, 2012 at 06:13 AM
If there is misconduct in any situation and attention is brought to the matter it behooves all participants to do some serious self-reflection. Love and peace and how to live in this consciousness is where I choose to put my attention.
Justice November 16, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Frank Gamez has been an outstanding deputy for West Hollywood, we should not judge or give bad opinions about him or the situation, we were not there. The media does not know actual facts so we can't consider it the truth. But what I do know is that Frank Gamez has never been involved during his career in a violent situation where he has had to draw his weapon. Why doesn't the media or his department say that. Yes there are some terrible officers that are out of control, but Frank is not one of them. The people that know him should stand up for him, he needs support in this difficult and sad situation. Bless him and the family. Deeply in shock that this has happened.
Byron McGregor November 16, 2012 at 08:44 PM
He killed a man. This is not an issue where we should await outcome. HE DREW A FIREARM AND KILLED A MAN. As they say, do the crime, and do the time. And as others have noted, I am kind of shocked at the "outpouring" of support for the West Hollywood Sheriffs. They are bigoted thugs who work here because they cannot hack it in the LAPD. God help you if you have a domestic disturbance with your same sex partner (Uh, its West Hollywood, no one should be surprised by gay men at this point.) They are incapable of handling these issues and are known to frequently leave battered boyfriends to their abusers, because hey, its just two guys ya know, knockin each other around a bit. DUH. Idiots.
Brian Hamilton November 17, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I remember meeting with deputy Gamez at the West Hollywood station to look at a photo lineup a year ago, regarding an incident I witnessed. He was professional and good natured. I agree that we must reserve our judgment, and let a jury decide his guilt or innocence after hearing all of the evidence. This is a tragedy from every angle: Many lives have already been irrevocably altered. Anger is what caused someone to die, in this instance. Let us not permit anger to lead us toward drawing a hasty conclusion.
Monica Siegel November 17, 2012 at 08:19 AM
My experience with LA County Sheriff's deputies in WeHo has been pretty dismal. When called they seem as bored and uninterested as Post Office workers. They don't know local laws (I've had to print out the noise ordinance and read it to them). I know this is a "contract" city, and we think we can save money by outsourcing everything. But outsourcing something as basic as law enforcement, particularly to a notoriously badly run Sheriff's Department (read the LA Times coverage) that constantly moves deputies into and out of WeHo is just stupid.
maya edwards November 17, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Perhaps, all of our esteemed Police Officers would find some value in a refresher course. They have each other's backs and we want them to have ours, too. It is said that if you don't like what you see, change the way you look at it. Attitude is everything.
jimmy palmieri November 17, 2012 at 08:23 PM
MUST REMIND YOU THAT NOT ALL OFFICERS ARE ESTEEMED. THIS ISNT SUNSHINE AND LOLLIPOPS FOREVER. IT IS REAL LIFE. THERE ARE BAD AND GOOD. ESTEEMED AND NOT ESTEEMED.
jimmy palmieri November 17, 2012 at 08:23 PM
AND ALTHOUGH I MUST SAY I KNOW MANY AMAZING OFFICERS IN WEHO PERSONALLY, I HAVE NO DOUBT THERE ARE SOME DOUCHEBAGS.
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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