The newly released LA County Coroner’s report into the death of Ronni Chasen continues to raise questions into how the Beverly Hills Police Department handled the high-profile murder investigation of one of Hollywood’s best-known names in publicity. Today, an LA Times story revealed that a police officer reported that another “unknown vehicle” had pulled up alongside her. Specifically, according to the LAT, “the (coroner’s) report states that while Chasen was stopped at a red light at the intersection, “an unknown vehicle pulled up and someone fired approximately four gunshots into her vehicle.”
Chasen was killed after leaving the premiere of the musical film Burlesque on November 16, 2010 in Beverly Hills. Questions arose early on about whether the death was a hit, given the fact that nothing was taken out of the Chasen’s car and that veteran police officers in the LAPD questioned whether the man named as the shooter — a black male — would pedal on a bicycle all the way into Beverly Hills from Hollywood to commit a robbery without any police officer in the area noticing. Those questions are still being asked, despite the Beverly Hills Police Department closing the Chasen case in July 2011.
The BHPD today say the coroner’s report has not in anyway impacted the final result of their case, which will remain closed. “The Beverly Hills Police Department is proud of its investigation of the Ronni Chasen homicide and we stand by our final conclusion,” said a spokesman.
The suspect lived in the the 5600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles and the murder happened in the 800 block of Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills. So the suspect, indigent and behind on rent pedaled seven miles away to look for someone to rob –something that other veteran detectives in the LAPD continue to question. ”If he needed money, there are many places closer than where he went to get it. After you pass the Soho House on Sunset, there are no stores, there are no shops, you have the Beverly Hills Hotel, but little foot traffic,” said one law enforcement source who has investigated over 100 homicides. “And the police are there all the time outside those bars like the Soho just waiting for the drunk drivers. A black man on a bicycle going into Beverly Hills would have been stopped.”