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Los Angeles County Supervisors Gloria Molina and Don Knabe announced that the County will contribute $20,000 toward a $40,000 reward total for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of retired Los Angeles Police Department Officer Ruben Whittington.

The 21-year police department veteran was shot in the chest and killed on August 5 at approximately 11:00 p.m. by a still unknown assailant. Whittington, 62, was waiting on the 300 block of South Lemon Avenue in Walnut for a tow truck to arrive so to help him fix a flat tire. A resident of Diamond Bar, Whittington was on his way home from his business in Walnut. He is survived by his wife, Marsha Kramer, and two children.

Officer Whittington’s murder was completely senseless and a terrible blow to his family, his friends, and his police department colleagues, said Supervisor Molina. Supervisor Knabe and I deeply hope someone comes forward with the information we need to catch his killer.

"This heinous crime will not go unpunished, said Supervisor Knabe. We need to find the person responsible for the death of Mr. Whittington, and it is my hope that this reward will help lead to new information and ultimately an arrest.

The cities of Diamond Bar and Walnut already have posted separate $10,000 rewards for the Whittington murder. Approval of the county’s $20,000 contribution at today’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors brings the reward total to $40,000. Anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at (323) 890-5500.