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Coroner: Man who Died in Laurel Canyon Shootout Did Not Commit Suicide

The death has been ruled a homicide. Police were responding to a domestic dispute. One of them was also shot, suffering a non-life-threatening injury.

The Los Angeles County Coroner's office has ruled the death of a man in Laurel Canyon Monday a homicide.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office has ruled the death of a man in Laurel Canyon Monday a homicide.

A man found dead after a shootout with police sent to his home off Laurel Canyon on a domestic battery call died of multiple gunshot wounds and did not commit suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office reported today.

The shooting occurred after officers went to the multi-story home in the 8200 block of Gould Ave., a winding road off Laurel Canyon Boulevard, shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Michael Valentino, 27, who lived in the residence, died at the scene, according to the coroner's office. Police said that Valentino fired at the responding officers, who fired back at him, and one officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries that may have been the result of being hit by bullet fragments or debris.

After the initial shootout, police surrounded the residence, and Valentino was found dead by a SWAT team that made entry several hours later, the LAPD reported. The SWAT officers did not fire any rounds, according to the LAPD.

An autopsy determined that Valentino's death was caused by "multiple gunshot wounds, and the death has been ruled a homicide," said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter, adding that the death was not a suicide.

--City News Service


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