UPDATE | A man found dead in the backseat of a vehicle parked near Wilson High School had allegedly threatened his estranged wife with a gun and was being sought by police several hours prior.
Francisco Parra-Garcia, 62, of Long Beach, was allegedly found rummaging through his wife’s car while it was parked on the 300 block of Wilson Street at approximately 8:20AM, according to Costa Mesa Police Lt. Paul Beckman.
When the wife approached the vehicle, Parra-Garcia confronted her and an argument ensued, escalating to Parra-Garcia pulling out a handgun, prompting the wife to defend herself with pepper spray, according to Beckman.
At one point during the dispute, Parra-Garcia attempted to fire the gun, but it failed to discharge, Beckman said.
At approximately 12:30PM, Long Beach police, who were assisting with the investigation, found the man in his 1998 Mitsubishi Montero in the area of 10th Street and Bennett Avenue in Long Beach, Beckman said.
Parra-Garcia was found in the rear passenger-side seat and was “non-responsive” as detectives tried to rouse him, according to Beckman.
The weapon has yet to be recovered and there were no obvious signs that he took his own life, Beckman said.
City News Service contributed to this report.
PREVIOUSLY: Man Found Dead in Vehicle Near Wilson High School; Police Investigating as Possible Suicide
5:30PM | A man was found unresponsive in a vehicle near Woodrow Wilson Classical High School this afternoon, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
At approximately 12:13PM, LBPD was called to assist the Costa Mesa Police Department with the investigation of the vehicle located at 10th Street and Bennett Avenue.
Long Beach Fire Department personnel determined the man was dead at the scene, according to LBPD Spokeswoman Marlene Arrona.
The Los Angeles County Coroner will determine the cause of death and notify the next of kin. The incident is being investigated as a suicide, according to the LBPD.
The investigation remains ongoing. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.