Jacob Munn has been charged with murder in the shooting death of estranged partner and mother of his son, 27-year-old Brenda Renteria during a custody exchange on Sunday
Munn, 30, is accused of shooting dead the the mother of his ‘young son ing custody exchange in front of the Hawthorne police headquarters in the South Bay of Los Angeles
Brenda Renteria, 27, had gone to the police station to pick up her 17-month-old daughter from the toddler’s father as part of custody exchange Sunday
Munn initially fled but was apprehended in Hawthorne, three hours after shooting
As the victim went to pickup her child, the suspect went to his truck grabbed the gun and shot her in the presence of her mother and the couple’s child outside the police HQ, the child was unharmed
Munn who operates a moving business, has prior criminal record that included an arrest in Dec 2017 on a charge of battery on a former companion
The 27-year-old victim, Brenda Renteria, died at the scene from a shotgun blast from her toddler’s dad, 30-year-old Jaccob Munn [photo, left].
Relatives of the victim witnessed the shooting, that happened around 6pm on Sunday outside the Hawthorne Police headquarters.
Police say the suspect dropped off his child inside the police station around 6 p.m. before grabbing a shotgun out of his vehicle and returning to shoot the victim as she went to retrieve the child.
Lt. Ti Goetz said an officer who heard shots from inside the station rushed outside, spotted the suspect and opened fire.
Goetz said the shooter, whom police identified Monday as Jacob Munn, initially fled but was arrested in Hawthorne later that night following a manhunt.
Domestic homicide suspect Jacob Munn, [left], has been charged with murder in the shooting death of the mother of his son, Brenda Renteria [right], during a custody exchange at a police station in LA, Califo., on monday
The couple’s 17-month-old son was present at the shooting but was not physically hurt. He was reportedly inside the police station at the time.
‘I have 30 years with the department and I’ve never seen anything like this before,’ Lt. Scott Hoaglund said in a press conference on Sunday, according to KCAL.
‘Typically a police station is a safe place for people to make a child exchange and I would still recommend that people do that.’
A week before the tragedy, Munn posted on his Facebook page a photo of his son and wrote in the caption: ‘No matter what I will never give up on you…#RoyalMunnFamily #Family1st #NothinbutLOVE.’
On the day of the killing, he posted a cryptic status update that consisted of a single word: ‘.SOLID.’
According to investigators, Renteria had gone to the police station on Hawthorne Boulevard to pick up her son from the child’s father.
The victim was reportedly scared of what the baby’s father might do, and brought family members along with her to the police department to exchange custody of their daughter.
While standing outside the lobby of the police headquarters, the parents began arguing.
At some point during the exchange, Munn allegedly produced a shotgun and fired on Renteria, killing her just steps away from the front door of the police station.
He then jumped back in his black Chevy pickup truck and sped off, police said.
The vehicle, with a small cross hanging off the rear-view mirror, was later found abandoned in a Denny’s parking lot half a mile south of the police station, but the suspect was nowhere to be found.