Investigation Continues into Motive of Murder/Suicide in La Cañada

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Photo by Charly SHELTON The memory of Deputy Cecilia Hoschet is honored outside her home on Crown Avenue where she was killed on Sunday night.

Photo by Charly SHELTON
The memory of Deputy Cecilia Hoschet is honored outside her home on Crown Avenue where she was killed on Sunday night.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. Homicide Unit continues its investigation into the murder/suicide that occurred on Sunday evening in the 5000 block of Crown Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge.

On Sunday at about 9:50 p.m. a 911 call was made to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station reporting a “screaming woman,” said Deputy Moody, LASD spokesman.

When deputies arrived they discovered a woman, later identified as LASD Deputy Cecilia Hoschet, 32, the victim of a fatal gunshot wound, Moody said.

It was later discovered her husband, identified as Los Angeles County firefighter paramedic James M. Taylor, 35, was the victim of an apparent suicide. He was found inside his vehicle at the LACoFD Pacoima Warehouse (fire facility).

The couple had a 6-year-old son who was at the home at the time of the incident. Taylor took his son to a relative’s home and left him there, then drove to the Pacoima fire facility.

Shortly after the call came into the CV Sheriff’s Station, a radio broadcast on a fire department frequency told LASD what they would find at the home. A male voice can be heard:

“There is going to be one DB (dead body). No assailant; you can let them know it’s clear and there is going to be another DB at Pacoima Warehouse. Thank you, goodnight,” the voice said.

The voice was not rushed, but matter-of-fact.

“[Investigators] have not determined if that is the [voice] of [Taylor],” said Lt. Dave Coleman, LASD Homicide Unit.

Taylor drove a LACoFD pickup to the home that night.

“We haven’t determined motive,” Coleman said.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who may have talked to the couple prior to Sunday who may have information that may lead to a motive, Coleman said.

“We lost a wonderful deputy [Sunday],” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell in a prepared statement. “Deputy Cecilia Hoschet impressed everyone she met at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with her positive and helpful approach to her work. She enjoyed being a deputy and really liked people. She leaves behind a 6-year-old son, whom she loved dearly. She will be missed,” he said. “Our thanks to the entire public safety community for your condolences to our Sheriff’s Department family.”

LACoFD Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby also released a statement on Monday.

“Today is a sad day for all public safety personnel in Los Angeles County. On behalf of the entire fire department, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends facing the pain of their loss. Our thoughts are with everyone who was impacted by this tragedy. As we continue to learn more, we thank all of the entities involved for their assistance and will continue to support our brothers and sisters in the Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ Department.”

Taylor was a six-year veteran of the LACoFD. Hoschet was a two-year veteran of the LASD where she worked at the Inmate Reception Center of L.A. County jail.

Prior to working for the sheriff’s department she served as a part-time paramedic for the Sierra Madre Fire Dept. from 2007 to 2014.

“We started our paramedic program in 2007. [Hoschet] was one of our first paramedics,” said Sierra Madre Fire Chief Heydorff.

She was with the SMFD for seven years then decided to move on to the LASD.

“She was incredibly bright and a good medic. I would go on calls with her and I would watch. It didn’t matter if [the patient] was young or old, she treated everyone the same,” he said. “She was a really good medic.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Dep. Hoschet’s name. Donations will go to the couple’s 6-year-old son. The page can be found at It is likely there will be more fundraisers in the future for the family. CVW will keep readers informed.

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