Female LAPD detective fatally shot was investigating Derrick Rose rape allegations: Report

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LOS ANGELES -- An LAPD employee who died after she was shot in Whittier on Tuesday was one of two detectives investigating the rape allegations against NBA star Derek Rose, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Nadine Hernandez, 44, was found about 2:45 p.m. in the 8400 block of Via Serra Ramal suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.

She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced deceased, according to Lt. Jay Tatman of the Whittier Police Department.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office released the deceased woman's name on Wednesday morning.

Hernandez, a resident of Whittier, was employed by the Los Angeles Police Department, Tatman confirmed; he declined to release her position within the department.

However, LAPD sources told the Times that Hernandez a detective who was assigned to the Rose case. She worked in the Special Assault Section of the department's elite Robbery-Homicide Division, and was often involved in high-profile sex crime investigations, the sources said.

She died the same day a federal judge in L.A. considered a defense attorney's request for a mistrial in the civil case. Rose and two friends are accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2013.

Hernandez's death remained under investigation, and no arrests have been made in the case. Tatman told KTLA investigators have not determined whether it was a homicide or suicide.

The Times reported that the initial call came in as an attempted suicide.

No additional information has been released.

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