Suspect, Motive, Still Unknown in Mysterious Malibu Creek State Park Shooting Death
Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 – 1:32 PM
(CNS) – A sheriff’s department commander says the mysterious shooting death of an Irvine father at Malibu Creek State Park in June is not believed to have been gang-related and remains under investigation.
At a community meeting attended by dozens of local residents on state park land near the campground where 35-year-old Tristan Beaudette was shot to death, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore said investigators still have determined neither a suspect nor a motive in the killing, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
He and other investigators at an auditorium at King Gillette Ranch said they needed help from tipsters to identify the suspect or suspects responsible for Beaudette’s death.
Tristan Beaudette, 35, a father of two from Irvine, was shot to death at a campground in Malibu Creek State Park on June 22, 2018. He was killed early on the morning of June 22 while he was sleeping in a tent at the campground. A coroner’s office spokesman said the man died from a single gunshot wound to the head before sheriff’s investigators placed a security hold on any more information about his death.
Beaudette, a pharmaceutical company worker from Irvine, was camping with his two young daughters. Both of the girls were inside the tent with him when he was shot.
Sheriff’s investigators have so far refused to divulge much information about the killing, saying that doing so could taint the investigation, according to the Daily News.
A lack of answers in the investigation led to confusion and rumors among locals, especially in Monte Nido, an affluent neighborhood just southeast of the entrance of Malibu Creek State Park where some residents have said they now fear using the park’s hiking trails.
Just as troubling for locals was the fact that after Beaudette’s death, sheriff’s officials said they investigated six other reports of shootings or calls about possible gunfire occurring near the park going back to November 2016.
Since Beaudette’s death, sheriff’s deputies have responded to at least nine reports of gunfire in the area.