Suspect in Hollywood Hills murder killed during standoff
A suspect in a murder that occurred on Sunday in the Hollywood Hills was shot and killed by police Tuesday after a standoff with authorities in the city of Rosemead.
Lt. John Radtke, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit, identified the suspect as Tien Hua, 33. Radtke said Hua and the victim, Henry Estrada, 27, knew each other but declined to provide further details about their relationship. He said the motive appears to be a dispute.
The murder occurred at approximately 8:40 p.m. on Dec. 27 in the 2000 block of Sycamore Avenue, west of Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Camrose Drive. Radtke said the victim and suspects were visiting a location in the neighborhood when the dispute occurred.
“The victim ran away from the suspect and he chased him a ways until the shooting occurred,” Radtke said.
Detectives obtained information from the victim’s associates about Hua being the suspect who shot Estrada. Police placed him under surveillance until an arrest warrant was issued and went to Hua’s residence at approximately 2:45 p.m. to serve the warrant.
“He barricaded himself inside and the S.W.A.T. Team responded and they made numerous efforts to get him to come outside,” Radtke said. “Tear gas was deployed, and the incident eventually ended with an officer-involved shooting.”
The lieutenant said police recovered a vehicle that Hua allegedly used to flee the scene of the homicide. He added that finding the suspect was a priority for police.
“Any case with leads is a priority, and we work them all hard,” Radtke said.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact detectives with the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit at (213)382-9470.