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Suspect in Publicist Ronni Chasen Murder Kills Self as Cops Close In

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By Tanya Roth, Esq. on December 02, 2010 11:55 AM

We recently reported on the noir-ish and shocking murder of Hollywood heavyweight PR woman Ronni Chasen. Today, the story takes another twist worthy of the darkest thriller.

The man wanted in connection for the murder killed himself as police confronted him. Ronni Chasen was shot in her car while driving home from a party to celebrate the opening of the movie Burlesque. She was 64.

The police were attempting to serve a search warrant at the suspect's home, reports The Los Angeles Times. Police would not identify the man, nor say what exactly his connection to the Chasen murder was. They did, however, have enough probable cause to convince a judge that a search warrant was necessary. As they attempted to speak to the man at the Harvey Apartments in Hollywood, he pulled out a gun and shot himself, Los Angeles police captain Kevin McClure said at a Dec. 1 press conference.

"While conducting that follow up, the person they were looking for showed up. They attempted to talk to the "person of interest." When they did, the suspect produced a hand gun and there was a self inflicted wound at that point," McClure told the press, ABC News reports.

The man killed himself in the lobby of the Harvey Apartments, writes ABC. Police plan a ballistics examination to compare bullets from the gun used in the suicide and the bullets from the Chasen murder scene. Investigators now believe Ronni Chasen was shot in her car from an SUV or truck pulling up along-side her as she drove. Detectives also said the shooter was an expert marksman, ABC reports.

Although the investigation has determined several key facts as to how the killing took place, the case is still not just a whodunit, but a whydunit. Investigators believe the attack on Ronni Chasen was planned, not the result of road rage or a carjacking, ABC reports. Security cameras, that used to be at the intersection, could have provided valuable evidence. But the cameras were removed a few years ago to save money.

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