Report: LAPD detective investigating Derrick Rose case dead from gunshot wound

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Nadine Hernandez, one of two Los Angeles Police Department detectives investigating the sexual assault allegations against New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose, was found with a gunshot wound at home in Whittier, California, and died in hospital, via the Los Angeles Times‘ Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts:

“LAPD sources who were not authorized to speak publicly about the case confirmed that Hernandez was one of two detectives assigned to the Rose case and that she was a detective in the department’s Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section. She frequently was involved in high-profile sex crime cases, authorities said.

Whittier police received a call at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday reporting an attempted suicide in the 8400 block of Via Sierra Ramal, Whittier Lt. Steve Dean said.

Hernandez was taken to PIH Health Hospital in Whittier, where she died at 3:27 p.m., according to Dean and the coroner’s department.

It was unclear whether the death was a suicide or a homicide, Dean said.

“We’re investigating it,” he said.”

Rose is in the middle of a civil sexual assault trial in Los Angeles according to CBS News.

The criminal investigation became public in late September, about a week before the trial, as the accuser’s lawyers tried to persuade the judge in the civil case to preserve her anonymity.