NBA star, Derrick Rose was being investigated for a rape charge against him. One of the Los Angeles Police Department detectives, Nadine Hernandez was found dead on Tuesday afternoon, in a Whittier home. The 44-year old was found with a gunshot wound.
Hernandez and another detective were assigned to the rape case, involving Rose. Hernandez was a part of the Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section. Majority of her work involved high-profile cases for sex crime.
Around 2:45 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, the Whittier police received a phone call about an attempted suicide. Steve Dean, Whittier Lt. said the location was the 8400 block of Via Sierra Ramal. They rushed Hernandez to Whittier’s PIH Health Hospital, and she died around 3:27 p.m. Lt. Dean said they couldn’t determine if the death was suicide or homicide. They are continuing to investigate the incident.
According to law enforcement sources, it is believed that Hernandez was found in a home that belonged to one of Hernandez’s relatives and there was only one gunshot wound found. On property records, the home was registered under the name of a retired LAPD lieutenant.
It was only a month ago, when news was made about Derrick Rose being investigated for rape. An attorney that was representing the woman involved in the case, attempted to appeal to the judge and conceal the woman’s identity. After the investigation was reported, Brandon Anand, the woman’s attorney requested that she be identified. A letter from Hernandez was included in the request. In the letter, Hernandez offered anonymity to those who would come forward. She sees it as “an invaluable investigative aid to investigators.” Hernandez insured that the woman’s identity would be protected, during the investigation. Once news got out about Hernandez’s death, the plaintiff was in shock; along with her attorney.