Detective Investigating Derrick Rose Rape Case Found Dead

Police are investigating the death of Det. Nadine Hernandez as a suicide
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2016 2:31 PM CDT
Detective Investigating Derrick Rose Rape Case Found Dead
New York Knicks' Derrick Rose arrives at Federal Court in Los Angeles on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

A Los Angeles Police Department detective investigating rape allegations against NBA star Derrick Rose was found shot Tuesday in a Los Angeles area home, the Los Angeles Times reports. Det. Nadine Hernandez, 44, had been shot once in the chest and died at the hospital. Police say there are "no signs of foul play" and are investigating her death as a suicide. A gun was found at the relative's house where police say Hernandez killed herself. Hernandez had been with the LAPD for two decades, and the AP reports she was often given high-profile cases as part of the Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section. She was one of two detectives investigating the Rose case.

Rose, currently with the New York Knicks, is being sued by a woman who says he and two other men raped her in 2013, CBS News reports. When his lawyers claimed there was no active investigation into the alleged rape, Hernandez sent a letter to the woman and her attorney stating that it was indeed still an active LAPD case. And after a judge ruled that Rose's accuser must use her name during the trial, Hernandez officially—and successfully—argued for keeping the woman's identity concealed. The woman and her attorney were surprised when they learned of Hernandez's death Wednesday. (More Derrick Rose stories.)

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