A Southern California legislator adjourned the state Senate Thursday in the memory of a Long Beach fire captain who was shot and killed this week while responding to an explosion at a senior living facility.
“I rise in sadness and shock over the tragic event that occurred this week in the great city of Long Beach,” state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said, noting that 17-year Long Beach Fire Department veteran Dave Rosa was the first Long Beach firefighter to be killed in the line of duty in more than 40 years.
“He leaves a family in mourning and a community in shock,” the senator said. “This tragic shooting reminds us of the risks that our brave firefighters take every day to protect us.”
Thomas Man Kim, 77, allegedly shot and killed Rosa early Monday as firefighters responded to the explosion at Covenant Manor, an 11-story building where Kim lived in the 600 block of East Fourth Street in Long Beach.
Kim also allegedly wounded Torres and a civilian who lived in the building, according to prosecutors.
Kim had allegedly set off an explosive device in his apartment in an effort to kill a female neighbor who lived above him and with whom he had been feuding, according to prosecutors.
Police said a note that was drafted by Kim and recovered at the scene led investigators to believe it was a murder/suicide attempt. A preliminary investigation led police to believe the fire was set as a result of the dispute between Kim and his neighbor, not to draw first responders to the location to ambush them, according to a statement issued by the Long Beach Police Department.
Kim is set to be arraigned July 5 in a Long Beach courtroom on one count each of murder, attempted murder of a firefighter, arson of an inhabited structure and explosion with intent to murder, along with two counts of attempted murder.
The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of murder while a firefighter was on duty, along with an allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a handgun that caused great bodily injury and death.
Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Kim, who was arrested shortly after 6 a.m. Monday by Long Beach police.
Shortly before the charges were filed Wednesday against Kim, the Long Beach Fire Department announced that a fund that was set up for Rosa’s family.
Information about the fund is available at www.friendsoflbfire.org/police-fire-memorial.
A memorial service for Rosa has been set for 10 a.m. next Tuesday at the Long Beach Convention Center.
In a Tweet, the Long Beach Firefighters Association wrote that Jet Blue is offering free flights for firefighters who want to attend the memorial service. The offer is limited to two members per department, according to the association’s website.