An arrest was made Monday in connection to the weekend fatal shooting of a bishop from the city of Hacienda Heights.

The suspect was identified as Carlos Medina, 65, a Torrance resident whose wife worked as a housekeeper for bishop David O’Connell.

“Although I personally did not know the bishop, I cannot tell you how many phone calls I’ve received over the last 48 hours, from people who have worked with him at different capacities,” Sheriff Luna said. “This bishop, this man made a huge difference in our community. He was loved and it’s very sad that we’re gathered here to talk about his murder.”

Arrested at his home by Los Angeles Sheriff’s, Medina was said to have owned an SUV that matched the description of the one seen on surveillance video from the bishop’s Hacienda Heights home.

Sheriff Robert Luna said that Medina allegedly made claims that the bishop owed him money for work done on his home.

Medina was away from his residence after the incident, but with tips called in from neighbors, the Sheriff’s were alerted that Medina had returned at 2 a.m. Monday. The suspect allegedly refused commands to come out of his home and surrender, but through authorized warrants, Sheriff Luna said detectives entered the home to make the arrest at approximately 8 a.m.

The shooting occurred at approximately 1 p.m. on Feb. 18, with bishop O’Connell being found in his bedroom with one gunshot wound in his upper body and being pronounced dead at the scene.

There were firearms found in Medina’s home, but investigators must still be examined by the Sheriff’s crime lab to see if they were used in the shooting.

“The next step is to present all of the evidence that we have gathered and try to get a criminal prosecution on Medina,” Sheriff Luna said during a Monday press conference.

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