Detectives seek leads in slaying of Norwalk sheriff’s Explorer

Cesar Rodriguez Homicide detectives Monday night were looking for the attackers who fatally shot an Explorer with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Norwalk station and another person in a drive-by attack in unincorporated Whittier.
Detectives seek leads in slaying of Norwalk sheriff’s Explorer

Cesar Rogriguez, 19, was gunned down in front of a home early Sunday in the 11800 block of Painter Avenue as he was leaving a party, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Larry Villegas, 24, was also killed in the hail of bullets outside the party, authorities said.

Rodriguez was a respected member of the station’s Explorer Post and had been a member of the unit’s honor guard, the station’s captain said.

“It was Cesar’s lifelong dream to become a deputy sheriff,” said Capt. Patrick Maxwell, commander of the Norwalk station.

Four attackers in a gray Scion fled northbound on Painter after the driver fired multiple rounds from a handgun, authorities said.

Since January 2007, at least eight homicides have been reported within two miles of the area where Rodriguez was slain, according to a Times Homicide Report database.

Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at (323) 890-5516.