A man was found dead in an Irvine apartment and another roommate arrested as police officers responded to a call early Monday morning about an argument and gunshots.
The Irvine Police Department got a text to 911 shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, July 4, asking for help at a home shared by four roommates on Leda, in a residential neighborhood in eastern Irvine, the department said in a social media post. The man texted police that he’d heard one roommate arguing with another before hearing gunshots. Police said the man continued to text with dispatch and provide updates while staying locked in his bedroom.
When multiple officers arrived, they rushed in to rescue the roommate who had been shot, police said. But they found the man dead behind the front door. The victim’s identity hasn’t yet been released, as authorities work to contact his family.
When police arrived a man with a gun standing at the top of the stairs refused to surrender and pointed the gun at his own head, the department said in its social media post. Police sent in crisis negotiators while the SWAT team and firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority evacuated nearby homes and helped the other two roommates from a second-story balcony, in a dramatic rescue caught on drone footage.
The footage from Irvine Police’s Drone Team shows a half-dozen SWAT officers on the roof of the two-story home, helping a roommate navigate from the balcony onto the roof, where a ladder was waiting to help them get down.
Three hours after the call came in, police say they took the man with the gun into custody at 5:09 a.m.
Police said David Bohr, 39, was placed under arrest and transported to the Irvine Police station for booking before being taken to the Orange County Jail.
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The events leading up to the shooting are under investigation. If anyone has information, they’re urged to contact Detective Nate Ridlon at 949-724-7494.