A former Bell councilor was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing his wife, authorities said.

Danny Harber, 76, was elected in 2011 after scandals and accusations wiped out former Bell councilors. He was rushed to hospital for medical evacuation on Tuesday before being posted on suspicion of murder, the Los Angeles District Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

He is being held on bail for $ 200,000.

In response to a report of a gunshot victim, Bell police officers arrived at a house on the 4900 block on Weik Avenue around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and found Harber's 81-year-old wife, Donna, who was reportedly fatally shot in the torso, according to the sheriff -Department.

The officers arrested Danny Harber when they arrived and handed him over to the sheriff's detectives for questioning.

Harber was part of a new group of Bell City Council members who took office in 2011 after The Times announced that the leaders of the small, constantly troubled city were spending their meager resources on huge salaries and other plum benefits for themselves had.

City administrator Robert Rizzo had received an annual salary and benefit package of more than $ 1.5 million. other officials, like the police chief and Rizzo's assistant, collected similarly amazing paychecks.

Bell city council members had essentially had no control over Rizzo and other administrators, and they had paid six-figure salaries themselves to sit on commissions that rarely met and hold meetings that lasted minutes. Five council members pleaded guilty to misusing public funds.

Harber, a retired baker, was elected in 2011 to replace the vacant seat of Teresa Jacobo, who had been arrested and recalled. Jacobo was later sentenced to two years in prison.

"I think we just need a fresh start," Harber told the Times shortly before he was sworn in. He was appointed vice mayor of the city and served on the council until 2013.


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