By Justine Amodeo
Especially for the independent
A Los Angeles lawyer who lived part-time in Laguna Beach was shot dead in the Laguna Lido Condominiums on Tuesday. Laguna Beach Police Department detectives who investigated the first murder in the city in almost a year said the suspect, who had been released, broke a window in the second-floor apartment that 46-year-old Sherman Oaks Attorney Barret Adin Slome was inhabited. Mal Laguna Beach residents, and shot him dead.
The officers received an emergency call at 5:19 a.m. from a Laguna Lido resident who heard the glass breakage press release, followed by gunfire. Officials reached the unit on the second floor owned by the victim's father and found a broken window and a man inside who had gunshot wounds. Paramedics were called, but Slome was pronounced dead at the scene.
Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jim Cota said that detectives are actively investigating and the Orange County Crime Lab will help process the scene and collect evidence.
Investigators do not believe the shootout was an accidental act or an opportunity crime, Cota told the Orange County Register, adding that evidence does not indicate that the suspect was invited to the property and that it would have taken significant effort to get in. "You couldn't just go in there," said Cota to the registry. "You should have climbed in."
While the police did not propose a motive for the shootout in May 2019, according to the California state attorney's office, Slome was put on probation and his legal admission suspended for 30 days after he was convicted of illegally owning cannabis for sale.
According to State Bar Court of California records, the conviction came after Slome was shot six times in a Los Angeles robbery in 2017. The officers who responded to the incident found a semi-automatic rifle, a broken sliding glass door, bullet holes in the walls, and several rooms and bloodstained walls in Slome's upscale Los Angeles neighborhood. They also found bags of $ 19,429 in cash and about 350 pounds of marijuana. Slome was hospitalized for two months and made no objection to the offense. Cota told the registry that it was unclear whether his death had anything to do with the previous robbery.
Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to call the Laguna Beach Police Department of Serious Crime at (949) 497-0767 – Detective Drake or (949) 497-0373 – Detective Butterfield.
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