Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of South LA Taco Bell employee

Authorities arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing a Taco Bell employee on Saturday in south Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department named Jonathan Madden, 39, as a suspect Tuesday night. He was arrested Monday at his home in southern LA, police said.

Madden is accused of shooting Alejandro Garcia Galicia, 41, shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, police said.

That night, Garcia was taking an extra shift at one of the two Taco Bell restaurants where he worked to support his family. Her 19-year-old son Carlos was in charge of the drive-thru.

A customer who had stopped at the drive-thru window tried to pay with a fake ticket, but Carlos refused to accept it, said Karina Garcia De Meza, Garcia’s cousin.

The interaction ended in a shootout that left the father of three dead, gunned down in front of his eldest, police said.

Officers responded at 10:55 p.m. at the Taco Bell in the 9900 block of Avalon Boulevard and found Garcia in the restaurant’s kitchen, police said. Firefighters later pronounced him dead.

Investigators plan to take the case to the LA County District Attorney’s office for review on Wednesday, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Homicide Division of the LAPD South Office at (323) 786-5111. Outside of business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-527-3247. Anonymous advice can be submitted to LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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