Suspect in death of Hollywood publicist kills himself

Thu Dec 2, 2010 2:55am EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A suspect in the mysterious murder last month of a top Hollywood film publicist killed himself on Wednesday as police attempted to question him.

The man, whose name was not released, shot himself in the early evening as Beverly Hills Police detectives were conducting a "follow-up investigation" at the man's Hollywood apartment building, police said.

"While conducting that follow-up, the person that they were looking for showed up. They (police) attempted to talk to the suspect. When they did, the suspect produced a handgun, and there was a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Los Angeles police Captain Kevin McClure told reporters outside the building.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Veteran publicist Ronni Chasen, 64, was shot five times in the chest in the early morning of November 16 as she was driving through Beverly Hills on her way home from a premiere party for the film "Burlesque."

Her death stunned Hollywood because the veteran publicist was well-liked in the film community. She had been driving home in her car, and people who had seen and spoken with her at the premiere party saw no signs of distress.

Beverly Hills police Sergeant Tony Lee told reporters on Wednesday that the investigation into Chasen's death "is ongoing at this time ... it's not over yet."

(Editing by Eric Beech)