Coroner: Placerita car shooting was suicide

Deputies investigate the scene of a shooting on Placerita Canyon Road near Pacy Street on Monday, July 3, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal


A coroner’s investigation has revealed that the fatal shooting two weeks ago inside a car on Placercita Canyon Road was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The man found dead inside the car on July 3 was identified Saturday as 44-year-old Edwin Medrano Alvarado, of Burbank, Kristy McCracken, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner told The Signal Saturday.

Alvarado died of a gunshot wound, she said, noting the death has been ruled a suicide.

Alvarado’s body was found by deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on the morning of July 3 after responding a report of gunfire on Placerita Canyon Road near Sand Canyon Road, Shirley Miller, sheriff’s spokeswoman said at the time of the incident.

Units surrounded a white four-door vehicle on Placerita Canyon Road between the East Walker Ranch Open Space and Pacy Street.

“They found a male adult and a female in a car,” Miller said at the time.

The spokeswoman noted the man apparently suffered injuries from a gunshot wound.

Los Angeles County Fire Department and American Medical Response crews were called to the scene at 11:09 a.m., Fire Inspector Gustavo Medina said at the time, noting no one was transported to the hospital.

Shortly after noon, deputies at the scene confirmed that the male victim was pronounced dead.

The female in the car at the time of the shooting was not injured.

A detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau confirmed that detectives were called to Santa Clarita Valley shortly before noon.

Deputies examined the Nissan Sentra sedan in which the couple were found and noted the driver’s side window was shattered.

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