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Suspect arrested in relation to Los Angeles bishop’s death

In relation to the killing of Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell in Los Angeles, a suspect has been arrested. The bishop (69) was shot on February 18 around 1 p.m. and he died on spot. He was shot in the torso in his home, located near his church. The arrest of the suspect reportedly took place after hours of barricading in California’s Torrance. The bishop was a native of Ireland and he had offered his service at the Los Angeles Archdiocese for years. The locals and parishioners affectionately described him as a “peacemaker.” He has been described as “a guiding light for so many” by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office.

Faithwire reports:

A suspect has been arrested following the slaying of a Los Angeles priest.

Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell, 69, was fatally shot in the torso around 1 p.m. Saturday in his home in Hacienda Heights, near his church. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspected assailant’s arrest reportedly came after an hours-long barricade in Torrance, California.

O’Connell, a native of County Cork, Ireland, served at the Los Angeles Archdiocese since 1979 and was described by parishioners and locals as a “peacemaker.”

José H. Gomez, the archbishop of Los Angeles, stated Saturday he was “very sad … to report that our beloved Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell has passed away unexpectedly.”

“It is a shock and I have no words to express my sadness,” said Gomez. “As a priest and later a bishop here in Los Angeles for 45 years, Bishop Dave was a man of deep prayer who had a great love for Our Blessed Mother.”

He continued, “He was a peacemaker with a heart for the poor and the immigrant, and he had a passion for building a community where the sanctity and dignity of every human life was honored and protected.”

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office described O’Connell as “a guiding light for so many.”

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