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Although it isn’t quite clear what ,if any, role he played in the murder of famed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, it’s would seem obvious that Harold Martin Smith felt that whatever he knew about the slaying would land him back in the bing.

Beverly Hills police detectives, armed with a search warrant, approached him Wednesday in the shabby lobby of the Harvey Apartments, told him to take his hands out of his pockets and said they were there to talk about Chasen’s killing.

Smith pulled a gun from one of those pockets and shot himself in the head.

Police say it’s possible Smith had no connection to the murder.

“At this time, it is unknown if this individual was involved in the Chasen homicide,” Lt. Tony Lee said in a statement Friday.

He reiterated that Smith was a “person of interest” rather than a suspect. He said undercover officers were following a tip from the Fox program “America’s Most Wanted” when they approached him.

The fact that this man, who may have been as innocent of any wrongdoing, would kill himself before giving any statement says a lot bout the police and how people feel trapped by their interrogations.

Do you all think Harold Smith was guilty of Ronni Chasen’s murder?




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