A Los Angeles deputy city attorney, his wife, and their son were killed in an alleged murder-suicide, authorities said.
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office released a statement confirming that Deputy City Attorney Eric Lertzman, 60, was involved in the incident.
Lertzman’s sister-in-law Cindy Stern told the New York Daily News that he had undergone surgery about six weeks ago, and likely was on strong medication. “This is a case of somebody snapping. He was in pain and on pain medication. It’s so out of character for him,” Stern said. “He was a mild-mannered man.” Lertzman’s daughter was able to escape the attack through a bathroom window and seek help.