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Suspect in Beverly Hills Murder Shoots, Kills Himself

12/2/2010 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A suspect in the murder of Ronni Chasen, the Beverly Hills publicist who was murdered on the streets of Beverly Hills, shot himself dead Wednesday after cops confronted him.

Ronni Chasen
The suspect -- known as Harold -- had been under surveillance for some time by the Beverly Hills Police Department, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He was living at the Harvey Apartments in Hollywood, which is where cops found him late Wednesday. With search warrant in hand, cops told Harold to raise his hands.  Harold refused, and shot himself in the head.  He died at the scene.

It's unclear if cops suspected Harold was the shooter or an accomplice. According to The Times, Harold had told a neighbor he was supposed to be getting $10,000 soon.

A neighbor told KABC-TV Harold bragged that he "offed her" and got paid for it.



Harold had allegedly served prison time for firearms and drug violations.


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1.

Quinn    

Was he a retired military sniper?

1334 days ago
2.

Ms.Rico Lander    

Condolances to her family.

Can you say movie of the week, Law and Order, CSI? Countless tabloid stories. Yammering talking heads. So much art and money will be made from this tragic tale.

1334 days ago
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Hankster    

I have to think twice about this story.. he just offed himself like that and left the idea he was the the killer.. this can truly be the beginning to a very bizarre story and maybe the next Black Dahila murder.. hollywood murders. It's a very sad event to happened to anyone, RIP Ronnie.. they'll catch the real culprit!

1334 days ago
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agold    

"Was the shoot or an accomplice"?

Shooter. Shooter. Don't head down the same path as Perez Hilton. He's inept enough.

1334 days ago
5.

mm    

"harold" probably took part in murder plot ... i have a feeling that dead woman knew too much about very powerful (gay) people and their secret affairs... she wanted to exposed them and got killed.

1334 days ago
6.

justsaying    

Real tough, mean and nasty......right up until the Police comes for you. Then.....like every person who isn't brave enough to meet someone face to face and give them a chance......they punk out and kill themselves. If he played a part in her death then killing himself will be (I hope) the beginning of what he deserves.

1334 days ago
7.

dbear    

Has anyone thought to connect the Randy Quaid rantings and this event?

1334 days ago
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Anon    

ITA with #9, this may be the Star Wacker Randy's running from.

This sounds like a movie and long Vanity Fair article in the making. The thing is, the police imply that the shooter had to be really good to hit her while she was driving. Was this guy a trained shooter? Did he just know too much about something? Who would want the agent killed?

1334 days ago
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Numnut    

I'm with agold...next time try "spell check" before you push the enter button. IJS.

1334 days ago
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kickaboo    

Harold more afraid of the ones paying 10K then speaking to the police about Chasen's murder? There went the cops chance of finding out the killerS' true motives.

1334 days ago
11.

Firefly    

"Someone" who is very powerful probably said," If the cops come looking for you your a dead man, because that means you didn't do your job". He just decided not to have to live in fear of when it would happen and someone takes him out. I too think that maybe there might be something to the Quaids talking about a Star Wacker.

1334 days ago
12.

TrumanD    

I'm throwing down the BS card.. this seems like a total cover-up fallguy type deal. We're smarter than this. There's a lot more to this story.. I pray the WHOLE TRUTH come out about this poor woman's MURDER.

1334 days ago
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Truth    

NOW THE FUN BEGINS... A LAW & ORDER EPISODE. WHO HIRED THE DEAD SHOOTER?? 10K SOUNDS PRETTY CHEAP ASS. LOOKS LIKE HE'S THE FALL GUY. WOULDNT BE SUPRISED IF IT'S SOME WACKJOB CHASEN REPPED IN THE PAST.

1334 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Did Ronni Chasen know Harold, and was Harold the shooter in the Chasen murder? “Harold” committed suicide last night in Los Angeles as law enforcement tried to serve a search warrant on the man. Now everyone from experts to neighbors are speculating about the Chasen – Harold connection.

As of Thursday morning, police have yet to release the male’s name. Neighbors knew the man only as Harold. He was an ex-convict with two stints in state prison. Neither was for a violent crime, but one was for firearms. He lived at the Harvey Apartments located in the 560...0 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.

The building had been under surveillance for days. Residents believe Harold knew this. He told them that he would kill himself rather than go back to prison.

At 6 pm last night, law enforcement tried to serve a search warrant on him. When police arrive at his building’s lobby, they found Harold. He refused to raise his hands. Instead he pulled out a gun and shot himself with a single shot the head. The 40 year old was dead immediately.

Harold bragged that he was about to receive $10,000 for a “job” he had just done. Other witnesses claim he retracted that and later said the money was from a lawsuit. But yet another witness tells KABC TV that Harold said was paid for the Chasen murder and “offed her”.

1334 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

@Atom Don - I'm curious as to why he was waiting to be paid and why he stayed in the apartment if he knew he was being watched. Particularly if he would rather die than go back to prison. It doesn't make sense.

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