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Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo died Tuesday after being shot several times. His wife, Levette, was detained shortly after the shootings. Hours later, authorities released information that Levette Crespo allegedly shot the Bell Gardens Mayor during a domestic dispute.

Mayor Crespo, 45, was shot about 2:30 p.m. at his home on Gage Avenue during an argument with his wife, 43, and his 19-year-old son, Daniel Crespo Jr.
The dispute allegedly began with Mayor Crespo and his wife in the master bedroom, during which his son intervened. While father and son were fighting, Crespo’s wife allegedly got a gun and shot Crespo. According to the Bell Gardens website, Mayor Crespo was a teenager when he married his high school sweetheart in 1986.

The Mayor died en route to a hospital, Bell Gardens Fire Department officials confirmed.

Crespo son was taken to a hospital for injuries to his face from the struggle and was then questioned by authorities.

Residents say that Crespo and his family have lived there for years. Crespo was first elected to the City Council in 2001 and worked as a Los Angeles County probation officer for 15 years, a job he continued to hold after becoming mayor last year.

Mayor Crespo’s wife is in custody in the shooting. Brower & Associates will provide updates on this incident as it becomes available.

California Penal Code Section 187 (a) defines murder as “the unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought.” Murder can be in the first degree, in the second degree, voluntary or involuntary. Sentences for murder range from a few years in prison to the death penalty. If you are charged with murder, call an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. 

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