Los Angeles police detective investigating Derrick Rose rape case found fatally shot

WHITTIER, Calif. — A Los Angeles Police Department officer who died after she was shot on Tuesday was one of two detectives investigating the rape allegations against New York Knicks player Derrick Rose, police said Wednesday.

Nadine Hernandez, 44, was found about 2:45 p.m. suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.

She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, said Lt. Jay Tatman of the Whittier Police Department.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified Hernandez on Wednesday.

Tatman confirmed Hernandez worked for Los Angeles police. He declined to release her position.

But sources told the Los Angeles Times that Hernandez a detective who was assigned to the Rose case. She worked in the Special Assault Section of the department’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division, and was often involved in high-profile sex crime investigations, the sources said.

She died the same day a federal judge considered a defense attorney’s request for a mistrial in the civil case. Rose and two friends are accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2013.

Hernandez’s death remained under investigation and no arrests have been made in the case. Tatman said it has not been determined if Hernandez’s death was a homicide or suicide.