Los Angeles police are investigating the shooting death of Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell, who was found dead at his Hacienda Heights home on Tuesday evening.
The Catholic bishop, who had served in the Los Angeles Archdiocese for more than a decade, was fatally shot and detectives are treating his death as a homicide.
O’Connell was known for his work in the Los Angeles community, and his death has left the local Catholic community in shock.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Bishop O’Connell and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and all those he served,” said Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez in a statement.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation, and have yet to release any information on potential suspects or a motive.
“At this time, no additional information is available as detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident,” the department said in a statement.
O’Connell had served as the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles since 2010 and was well-known for his work in the community, including his involvement in the Catholic Charities of Los Angeles.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Bishop O’Connell’s death,” said Catholic Charities of Los Angeles in a statement. “He was a beloved leader in our community and will be remembered for his compassion and dedication to the people of Los Angeles.”