Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Eric Lertzman was found dead – along with his wife and adult son – in a suspected murder suicide in Northridge, California. A neighbor told KTLA-TV that Lertzman’s panic-stricken daughter ran outside of the house and said her dad tried to shoot her.
Mike Feuer is the elected Los Angeles City Attorney. He released a statement on what he called the “Northridge tragedy,” writing, “It is with shock and profound sadness that we announce that today Deputy City Attorney Eric Lertzman was involved in a tragic incident which we understand resulted in the death of his wife, his adult son and himself.”
He added, “As we search for answers to how this could happen, we mourn the victims and envelop those left behind with our love at this time of unbearable loss. Of course we will provide members of our City Attorney Family with needed counseling and support.”
Los Angeles police say that officers went to the Northridge home around 9 a.m. after receiving a call that there was a shooting in progress. All three victims died of gunshot wounds, KTLA-TV reported, adding that police recovered at least two handguns. A woman in her 20s escaped the home.
Here’s what you need to know:
Police Believe the Deaths Stem From a Murder Suicide & a Neighbor Says Lertzman’s Frantic Daughter Ran Outside
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) September 11, 2019
Greg Demos, a neighbor, gave KTLA-TV a chilling description of what he witnessed; he said that a woman who said she was Lertzman’s daughter ran outside in her pajamas and told him that her father tried to shoot her.
Demos told the LA television station that the young woman was “upset, confused, distraught, somewhat in shock” and told him, “I don’t know what to tell you Greg but this is what just happened in my house, and I don’t know what to do. My dad took a shot at me, and my mom and my brother are still inside.” The station also reported that the daughter may have jumped out a window to escape the carnage.
Josh Cain, a reporter for LA Daily News, wrote on Twitter, “Los Angeles city attorney’s office confirm man found dead at Northridge home today was Deputy City Attorney Eric Lertzman. Also killed were his wife …read more