Authorities said Friday that they are investigating whether there is a connection between the killing of a Burbank woman on Thursday and the slaying of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in the same neighborhood last year.
Carol A. Montecalvo, 43, was shot by an intruder about 11 p.m. Thursday as she stepped inside her house in the 300 block of South Myers Street after taking a walk with her husband, Burbank Police Sgt. Don Goldberg said. Goldberg said the victim apparently interrupted a burglary.
Her husband, Danny J. Montecalvo, 46, who was shot in the the back, was in stable condition after undergoing surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center, Goldberg said.
Deputy Charles Robert Anderson was fatally shot about midnight Jan. 24, 1987. Police believe he also interrupted a burglary in his home in the 1700 block of Oak Street, four blocks from where Thursday’s incident took place.
“We haven’t ruled out the possibility of there being a connection between the two homicides,” Goldberg said. He would not elaborate on why police believe the incidents may be connected.
Anderson’s family and several police organizations have offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of his killer.
The Montecalvos had taken a break from packing for a Hawaiian vacation, scheduled to begin today, to take a walk, Goldberg said. On their return, Danny Montecalvo remained outside to work on his car, while Carol Montecalvo entered the house and interrupted the burglar, Goldberg said. Hearing shots and his wife’s screams, Danny Montecalvo ran inside and was shot in the back, Goldberg said. The intruder fled.
Despite his gunshot wound, Montecalvo called police, who arrived 2 minutes later, Goldberg said.
Neighbors said the couple had taken regular nightly walks in the quiet middle-class neighborhood since moving in about two years ago.