HAWTHORNE, Calif. – A 28-year-old Simi Valley woman was killed Sunday when the father of her 17-month-old child shot her during a custody exchange in front of the Hawthorne police station.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Monday Brenda Renteria was killed in the incident. The baby was not injured.
Hawthorne Police Lt. Jim Royer told The Star Monday that they arrested Jacob Munn, the baby’s father, who faces murder charges.
Royer said Renteria was approaching the front door of the Hawthorne Police Department Sunday evening to pick up the child, who was inside with a third party, when Munn appeared and shot Renteria. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
An officer from inside the police station came out and opened fire as Munn left the parking lot in a vehicle that was then abandoned four blocks away, Royer said. Munn was not injured. Three hours later Munn was arrested, Royer said.
Munn, a 30-year-old Hawthorne resident, was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, according to officials.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
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