LAPD Officer Sought as Person of Interest in Homicide Investigation

PHOTO: LAPD Officer Henry Solis is wanted as a person of interest in a homicide investigation.
Pomona Police Department
LAPD Officer Henry Solis is wanted as a person of interest in a homicide investigation.

A Los Angeles police officer has been identified as a person of interest in the slaying of a 23-year-old Ontario, California, man.

Southern California authorities are looking to speak with Henry Solis, a probationary LAPD officer, in connection with the Friday killing of Salome Rodriguez Jr. in Pomona, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, according to the Pomona Police Department.

Solis, 27, was off duty at the time of the shooting and then failed to report to work, police said.

According to Pomona police, Rodriguez and the suspect may have been in a physical altercation before the shooting. Rodriguez suffered gunshot wounds to the lower torso and was taken to USC Medical Center, where he died.

Rodriguez's cousin Barbara Lopez said, "I've caught mom and dad breaking down, but they actually look a bit more at ease knowing that they have a person of interest," ABC's Los Angeles station KABC reported.

Solis' whereabouts are unknown and police say they have reason to believe he knows authorities are looking for him. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pomona detectives at (909) 620-2085.