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OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER SLAIN IN PALMDALE.

Byline: Bhavna Mistry Staff Writer

PALMDALE - An off-duty Pasadena police officer was shot and killed Monday during a confrontation at his ex-girlfriend's Palmdale residence and a man was arrested in connection with the slaying, police said.

Marcus Powell, 27, of Los Angeles was arrested shortly after 10 a.m. in the death of the 41-year-old police officer, whose name has not been released pending notification of his family.

``We still have to question him,'' said Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Boris Nikolof. ``Our detectives will determine what happened.''

Officials said the police officer was killed shortly after 6:20 a.m. during an argument at the 40300 block of Castana Lane, the home of the officer's former girlfriend.

``The Pasadena officer gets to the house where he begins a verbal altercation with her,'' Nikolof said. ``The male friend (Powell), who was also at the location, became involved when the argument became physical.''

At some point during the altercation the police officer was shot, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials said they had not determined a motive for the shooting or ruled out the possibility the shooting was in self-defense. It was unknown whether the officer's gun was used in the shooting.

``At this point we don't know what happened,'' Nikolof said. ``We're going to interview all those involved and look at all the physical evidence.''

Powell had left the home before deputies arrived but was later arrested in Los Angeles. He is being held on suspicion of murder at the Lennox sheriff's station.
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