COVINA (CBSLA) — A Covina couple who died in what police said was an apparent murder-suicide were identified Friday.
Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Center Street about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in response to a “sounds of an argument and shots fired” call.READ MORE: Día De Los Muertos Celebrations and Others Return To LA
Once inside, authorities found the couple — grandparents who had legal guardianship of three of their young grandchildren — dead inside a locked bedroom, said the Covina Police Department.
The coroner’s office identified the deceased as Michael Rivera, 62, and Monica Dominguez, 52.READ MORE: Sigma Nu Fraternity At USC Suspends Member At Center Of Sexual Assault Allegations
Police believe Rivera shot and killed Dominguez, then turned the gun on himself.
The three young children also lived at the location. “The juveniles were found safe at a neighbor’s residence,” says Covina Police Sgt. David Rodriguez.MORE NEWS: USC Places Sigma Nu Fraternity On Interim Suspension After Reports Of 'Possible Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assaults,' Students Protest In Support Of Victims
A handgun was recovered at the scene.