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Detective kills self in sheriff's station

July 7, 2009 4:53:25 AM PDT
An investigation is under way into the suicide of an LAPD detective, who killed herself at an L.A. County Sheriff's substation late Monday night. There are still more questions than answers as to why she committed suicide. Detective Susan Clemmer, 41, walked into the lobby of the L.A. County Sheriff's substation in Santa Clarita at about 9 p.m. Monday. Clemmer was weeks away from marking her 20th year with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Detective Susan Clemmer joined the LAPD in August 1989. She testified in the Rodney King trial.

Monday night, she walked into the lobby of the sheriff's substation with a box.

"A deputy came out, a female deputy who was pregnant," said Steve Whitmore, L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. spokesman. "And she said, 'I don't want to talk to you,' or words to that effect. Then another deputy came out, a male deputy. The female deputy that was pregnant had left. And that male deputy was a little concerned as well. And then he left the lobby, and that's when they heard the gunshot. And they came back in and the woman had apparently passed -- killed herself."

Officer Clemmer was on duty the night of the Rodney King beating in March 1991. Eyewitness News Reporter John North was in court when Clemmer testified for the defense.

"Susan Clemmer, who's now an undercover officer, testified that Powell told her, 'I was scared. The guy threw me off his back. I thought I was going to shoot him,'" reported North at the time.

Clemmer was talking about what a fellow officer told her about the night of the King incident.

Detective Clemmer worked for the LAPD Gang and Narcotics Division.

Why she shot herself in the lobby of the Santa Clarita substation remains unknown.

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