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 Volume 12, Issue 64  |  August 11, 2020

Police identify Laguna Lido homicide victim

LBPD released the name of the homicide victim who died of gunshot wounds at Laguna Lido early Tuesday morning, July 28. The victim was 46-year-old Barret Slome, a part-time resident of Laguna Beach who also lived in Los Angeles.

At 5:19 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, Laguna Beach Public Safety Dispatchers received a 911 call from a concerned resident of the Laguna Lido Condominiums located at 31755 Coast Highway. The caller described hearing glass breaking, which was immediately followed by the sound of gunshots.

Officers responded to the building and began searching for the source of the noise and located a unit on the second floor, which had a shattered window. Upon entering the residence, officers located a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics responded to the scene for medical aid, but the victim expired prior to their arrival. 

According to LBPD PIO Sgt. Jim Cota, there were personal items taken from Slome’s residence by the suspect(s).

“Detectives are currently reviewing hours of surveillance video to identify the suspect(s) and any associated vehicles,” Sgt. Cota stated. 

Slome was also the victim of an unsolved shooting in Los Angeles three years ago, which he survived after a lengthy recovery, according to Sgt. Cota.

No suspect descriptions are being released at this time. This is the first homicide in Laguna Beach since August 2019. 

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Laguna Beach Police Department Major Crimes Investigations Unit at (949) 497-0767 – Detective Drake or (949) 497-0373 – Detective Butterfield.


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