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LAPD civilian employee arrested on suspicion of murder in deaths of wife and son

A man who works as a security guard for the Los Angeles Police Department was arrested and charged Friday with murdering his wife and son with a shotgun last December, authorities said.

Los Angeles police detectives arrested Viktor Glukhovskiy, 44, an employee in the LAPD’s Security Services Division, on Friday. Glukhovskiy’s wife, Natali, 39, and son Alex, 13, were found dead in their Van Nuys apartment Dec. 26.

The Los Angeles district attorney’s office on Friday said Glukhovskiy has been charged with two counts of murder as well as special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and murder for financial gain, making him eligible for the death penalty. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

Prosecutors claimed in a criminal complaint that Gluhkovskiy used a shotgun in the deaths.

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He is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, authorities said.

If convicted as charged, Glukhovskiy faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole or death. A decision will be made at a later date on whether to seek the death penalty, the district attorney’s office said.

javier.panzar@latimes.com

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