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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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46.

Star Whacker    

Oh, wow!!! The Hollywood Star Whackers can make you whack yourself! NICE!!!!!!!! Look out Randy and Evi!

1399 days ago
47.

R.Zimmerman    

Considering the junkie flop house in the garbage dump part of town in which he was living, this fool could not have been too connected.

1399 days ago
48.

Sad sad    

wtf and for 10k? Too weird for words. Fall guy for sure. Wonder if he was with who ever did it and did some ground work and used him as bait. They probably threatened to kill him if they were caught. Probably in a lose lose situation as to why he offed himself. My guess anyways. It's not uncommon for someone to speak of their crime.

1399 days ago
49.

Sad sad    

Also curious as to how they connected him. I'm wondering if it was from some of the neighbors security footage. Or maybe one of the neighbors tipped off police. What a bizarre twist.

1399 days ago
50.

Paddy    

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

So, how'd THAT work out for ya???

1399 days ago
51.

susan    

her bro is quite the writer ,check out his bio at wikipedia.

1399 days ago
52.

gigi    

it was professional there was not shell caseings 2nd why in the hell would he tell if police was watching?

1399 days ago
53.

yentl    

Bragging about killing? That guy definitely did not do it. Maybe they paid this junkie $200 to walk around taking credit for it, so the real hitman would get away.

1399 days ago
54.

Nico    

The guy who killed her was a pro, and got away almost immediately without anyone seeing a thing. People were looking outside and calling the police as soon as they heard the shots followed by the crash.

This nut job, who was probably 'offed' by the police, will probably have the gun planted in his apartment.

At least there's the issue of $10,000, because the shooter, whoever he was, did not do it out of boredom.

1399 days ago
55.

Bigt00F    

Ronni Chasen sings about 10,000 stars. Could that be a reference to the $10,000. I'd say since she was only given 10 bucks... She would have some serious motive huh

1398 days ago
56.

Bigt00F    

I meant Jill Gatsby derrr

1398 days ago
57.

Ealing T    

Ronnie was shot five times in the chest. One investigator stated that the gun may have been turned sideways. No shell casings were found at the scene, and at least one hollow point 9mm was used. That means a few things to me:

Posted at 8:56 AM on Dec 2, 2010 by Babushka

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That investigator should be fired. Anyone knows that holding a gun sideways makes it jam. Unless it was a revolver, but then there would be no need to capture the bullets since they stay in the chambers.

1398 days ago
58.

Pat    

This smells like Michael Jackson/Beatle Catalogue, John Lennon lovechild scandal. Yes, people Ronni knew about John Lennon and an inheritance left for the daughter. It was hidden for many years. Jacko was afraid before he died because he was suppose to give that daughter her acknowledgement to the world. He had lawyers help him over the years to hid this inheritance because Yoko Ono wanted him to. In return Jackso received millions off of the Beatle catalogue. Time was up and Ronnie was going to expose some corrupt music business people. They probably orderd the hitman but they cannot stop what is going to happen soon. John Lennon daughter will inherit.

1398 days ago
59.

Cumie    

this is so crazy i knew harold, real short tempered kinda guy but a gentleman nd far 4m a punk. jus last summer he showed me how to put 2gether a bike lol its sad how he went out cause he was on the right path but old habits r hard to kick, im sure that sittuation wit that lady wasnt supposed to turn out tha way it did a simple robbery gone bad...any 1 whos done hard tyme kno's after spending 11yrs n jail, who tha f*** wants to go back. i say all of this cause he wast such a bad guy jus made a few mistaks along the way...Big Harold R.I.P Bro

1385 days ago
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