A man suspected of gunning down a 30-year-old woman during an argument at a Hemet residence was in custody Thursday, following a combative arrest during which the suspect allegedly tangled with a police K9, resulting in injuries to himself and the dog, according to police.
Koron LeKeith Lowe, 24, of Hemet, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and assault on a law enforcement canine in connection with the slaying of Asasha Lache Hall of Hemet.
Lowe is receiving treatment in the Riverside County sheriff’s inmate infirmary at Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley and is expected to be formally booked into jail once he’s cleared by doctors to leave.
He allegedly killed Hall during an apparent confrontation with her and other unnamed parties on the first floor of their shared residence in the 3000 block of Greengable Lane, near Lavender Lane, about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to Hemet police Lt. Nathan Miller.
Specific details regarding the argument were not disclosed.
According to Miller, in addition to Hall and Lowe, three other adults resided at the home, along with two children, ages 5 and 6 years old. There were also two visitors in the house Tuesday morning, he said.
When the gunfire erupted, the mother of the two children grabbed them and hid in an upstairs room, calling 911, according to Miller, adding that two other people fled out of the garage.
Patrol officers converged on the location minutes later and discovered Hall gravely wounded. She died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
Surrounding properties were evacuated as a precaution as SWAT members conducted a thorough search of the Greengable house and the immediate area, according to Miller.
The search ended after several hours, and detectives turned their attention to Lowe, who was originally named a person of interest but soon became the prime suspect, Miller said.
He said investigators worked all Tuesday night and through Wednesday morning, determining that Lowe was likely in the Banning Pass.
About 1 p.m. Wednesday, the investigative team found him in a parking lot in Cabazon, where he was holed up in his vehicle, Miller alleged.
“Investigators attempted to negotiate with Lowe, but he refused to surrender and get out of the parked car,” the lieutenant said. “Hemet police canine `Bosco’ was used to arrest Lowe and get him out of the car. Bosco sustained injuries during the arrest when Lowe violently fought the dog and struck it with a sharp piece of wood.”
The suspect suffered unspecified injuries while allegedly resisting arrest, but the dog’s actions enabled police officers and sheriff’s deputies to wrestle Lowe into custody, according to Miller.
Bosco was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment and is expected fully recover, returning to service next week, Miller said.
Background information on Lowe was not available.