*Last week, Los Angeles news station KTLA reported that a ballistics test showed the bullet used by “person of interest” Harold Smith in his suicide is not the same type of bullet used to kill veteran Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. Today, the Los Angeles Times is reporting just the opposite.
The gun recovered from Smith, who committed suicide at a Hollywood apartment building as police approached him for questioning, appears to be the same weapon used to kill Chasen, according to a law-enforcement source.
The source spoke to the Times on the condition that he not be named because it was an ongoing investigation.
The Beverly Hills Police Department has called a 3 p.m. news conference to discuss the case; no further details were provided.
Officials have said they are not sure if Smith was involved in the killing and had asked Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Scientific Services Bureau/Firearms Section to do a ballistics comparison.
Chasen was shot to death last month while driving her Mercedes-Benz near the intersection of Whittier Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. She was on her way home from a movie premiere after-party.
She is believed to have left the event about midnight, traveling west on Sunset. Friends believe she had planned to head south to her condominium on Wilshire Boulevard near the grounds of the Los Angeles Country Club.
Several residents dialed 911 at the time of the attack. The first call, from a person who lives near Sunset and Benedict Canyon Drive, reported a gunshot.
Moments later, more 911 calls came in reporting shots heard several blocks to the west, near Whittier and Sunset. Another resident called 911 to report hearing the car crash into the light pole.
Residents who heard the crash found Chasen slumped over the steering wheel, bleeding.