UPDATE: Tuesday, July 7, 11:20 a.m.
An off-duty Los Angele Police Department detective who rose to national attention for her testimony in the Rodney King police brutality trials walked into the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Magic Mountain Parkway Monday evening, spoke briefly with the deputies, pulled out a gun and took her own life.
The detective was identified as Susan Clemmer, 40, who was assigned to the Gang and Narcotics Division and was just shy of 20 years on the department, according to LAPD Media Relations. Sources told KHTS that Clemmer worked out of the North Hollywood station.
As one of the first LAPD officers responding to the scene of the Rodney King incident in 1991, Clemmer was twice in the national spotlight; once as a defense witness in the criminal trial and again during the civil trial.
Calls to the Santa Clarita Station Monday night were rerouted to Lancaster Station for dispatch. Station personnel in the building at the time of the shooting were kept for several hours for questioning.
Video of the crime scene showed a covered body laying right inside the double glass doors of the station lobby. Coroner investigators arrived about 12:45 p.m.
The incident began around 9:30 p.m. when Clemmers parked her LAPD-issued dark blue Honda Accord next to the station's front door walkway. She walked in and spoke briefly with personnel at the front desk, placed a box of personal items on the counter and shot herself once in the head. She died immediately.
Lt. Duane Harris of Sheriff's Homicide Bureau said that one of the station personnel was traumatized at seeing the woman kill herself and was taken away in an ambulance for treatment.
Along with Sheriff's Homicide detectives, the parking lot filled with cars from LAPD's various investigative teams, including the Commander of the Critical Incident Response Team and a captain from the Narcotics bureau. None of the officials on the scene would confirm or deny the victim's relationship to the department, but hesitated when asked by reporters if she had used her service revolver to kill herself.
Harris said that Clemmer had no relation to the Sheriff's station or any pending investigation that he knew about. He said only that she was "agitated" when she came in to the station.