A 71-year-old man was strangled in Compton early this morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Deputies and county fire department personnel responded at 12:50 a.m. to a call of a person down in the area of South Gibson Avenue and East Rose Street and located the victim, according to sheriff’s Deputy Michelle Sanchez.
The victim — whose name will be released pending notification of kin – – was pronounced dead at the scene, Sanchez said.
A motive for the strangling or description of a suspect were not available.
The incident was initially reported as a stabbing investigation, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.