TORRANCE - The Special Investigations Unit has closed its investigation on the death of a man at an address south of Torrance last week.
Police were called to an address on Southwood Road at around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, after receiving a call about a suspicious man in the area. While officers were talking to a woman outside the address, a shot was heard inside.
Police then brought in additional backup, including tactical officers and the canine unit. Tactical officers later found a 57-year-old man dead when they entered the home at around 9 p.m. that evening.
The SIU, a civilian watchdog, assigned two investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the case. They announced the investigation was closed on Friday.
“The post-mortem examination confirmed that the man died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest from a non-police issued firearm,” said SIU spokesperson Monica “Notes found at the scene indicate the man wanted to harm himself.”
Hudon said that at no point did police speak to or see the man.
“On the basis of this investigation, there is no suggestion that any officer had any involvement with the deceased at the time the firearm discharge,” she said.