Authorities have arrested a man suspected of shooting dead a Taco Bell employee on Saturday in south Los Angeles.
Late Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department named 39-year-old Jonathan Madden as a suspect. He was arrested Monday at his home in southern LA, police said.
Madden is accused of shooting 41-year-old Alejandro Garcia Galicia shortly before 11pm on Saturday, police said.
That night, Garcia picked up an extra shift at one of two Taco Bell restaurants he worked at to support his family. His 19-year-old son, Carlos, manned the driveway.
A customer who had gone to the window tried to pay with a fake bill, but Carlos refused to accept it, said Karina Garcia De Meza, Garcia’s cousin.
The interaction ended in a shooting that left the father of three dead, shot down in front of his eldest child, police said.
The officers responded at 22.55 to Taco Bell in the 9900 block of Avalon Boulevard and found Garcia in the restaurant’s kitchen area, police said. Firefighters later pronounced him dead.
Investigators plan to refer the case to LA County District Attorney for submission Wednesday, police said.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the LAPD South Bureau’s homicide unit at (323) 786-5111. Outside of business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-527-3247. Anonymous tips can be submitted to LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.