LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rookie Los Angeles police officer charged with murder in the killing of a man during an off-duty fight fled with the help of his father to Texas, where the men have family, according to a federal arrest warrant filed Thursday.
The document says 27-year-old Henry Solis called his father, Victor Solis of Lancaster, for help after a brawl outside a downtown Pomona bar early Friday in which Salome Rodriguez, 23, was shot multiple times and killed.
The elder Solis was seen leaving his Lancaster home in a hurry after phone calls with his son, authorities said. He was then spotted Saturday in El Paso, Texas, with his pickup truck and dog at the home of family members who live there.
Solis was interviewed on Monday by FBI agents and told them he had driven his son across state lines Friday and dropped him at a bus stop in El Paso.
He said he didn't know the current location of his son, the document states. Police and prosecutors did not immediately say whether Victor Solis would face charges for helping his son.
Authorities spoke to family, friends and witnesses who told them that "shortly after the murder, defendant Solis made incriminating statements about his role in the murder of Rodriguez and stated that he would never be seen again," the warrant states.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck fired the probationary officer from the department on Tuesday. Beck urged Solis to turn himself in to authorities.