L.A. Firefighter Shoots Cop Wife Dead With Their Young Son In The Home, Then Drives To Work

A Los Angeles firefighter shot and killed his police officer wife with their 6-year-old son in the home. Cecilia Hoschet was killed shortly after the family had returned from spending the day at Disneyland on Sunday. James Taylor, the L.A. firefighter, turned the gun on himself only after driving to work and taking the child to his grandparents’ house.

James Taylor, who had also worked as a paramedic for six years, drove to work about 15 miles away before committing suicide. The Los Angeles murder-suicide occurred in the La Canada, Flintridge suburb, the Daily Mail reports.

Cecilia Hoschet was a sheriff’s deputy who worked at the reception center of the county jail. A 911 call was placed from a neighbor after a woman was heard screaming inside the Taylor/Hoschet home around 10 p.m. on Sunday. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found the body of their fellow Los Angeles County deputy inside the home.

The L.A. firefighter was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. Taylor may have used his department radio to alert local law enforcement officials that he had murdered his wife.

“Today is a sad day for all public safety personnel in Los Angeles County,” Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby said in a written statement about the murder-suicide.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell revealed that deputies recovered the firearms used in the murder-suicide, but details about any possible motive have not yet been released to the public.

“We lost a wonderful deputy last night,” Sheriff McDonnell added.

He also stated that Hoschet had a “positive and helpful approach to her work.”

The couple filed for bankruptcy in 2010 after developing financial issues with a Canyon Country investment property, the Los Angeles Times reports. Taylor and Hoschet reportedly emerged from bankruptcy two years ago. The family has no known incidents of domestic violence, nor does evidence of divorce proceedings reportedly exist.

“We have no indication of why this tragedy occurred. He didn’t say anything to explain,” Sheriff’s Lt. David Coleman said.

Both Cecilia Hoschet and James Taylor worked as paramedics for a private company that contracted with the city of Sierra Madre before becoming Los Angeles County first responders.

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