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Wife of slain Bell Gardens mayor released

The location where Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo was shot on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.
Erika Aguilar/KPCC
The location where Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo was shot on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

The wife suspected of shooting and killing the mayor of Bell Gardens on Tuesday was released after hours of questioning, and the Sheriff's Department said that no arrests will be made at this time.

Detectives were still waiting late Tuesday night for a warrant to be granted so authorities could search the residence where Daniel Crespo was shot and killed after getting into an argument with his wife, Lyvette Crespo, 43.

Authorities said their 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr., also got involved in the altercation with his father, and Lyvette pulled a gun and shot her husband "multiple times in the torso," according to the Sheriff's Department.

The gun used in the fatal shooting was registered to Crespo, according to L.A. Sheriff’s homicide detective Lt. Steve Jauch.

Jauch said the wife had some type of injury to her face but detectives do not know how that happened. Detectives planned to get a debrief from the Bell Gardens Police Department about any past emergency calls made from the Crespo home.

"We’re very interested to find out if there were prior incidents of domestic violence here," he said.

Jauch said the department will hand over evidence to the District Attorney's office, which will determine if any criminal charges will be filed.

On Wednesday, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Commerce), whose district includes Bell Gardens, issued the following statement on Crespo's death:

On Tuesday night, friends of the slain mayor showed up at the apartment complex, near the intersection of Gage and Garfield avenues, to get more details about how Crespo died.

"I am in shock," said Jannette Morales, a member of the city’s education commission. "He was my best friend for 13 years. We did a lot of things together."

Morales said she didn’t see of any signs the couple were having problems. She said the wife is a quiet, reserved, nice person. 

Albert Bernal, another city education commissioner, agreed. Bernal said Daniel Crespo hardly talked about his family life at work.

"He always kept his family separate from the political world," said Albert Bernal, 29. 

This story has been updated.

Editor's Note: Police and public documents give different spellings of Lyvette Crespo's first name.  KPCC is relying on multiple public documents which spell the name Lyvette.