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Detective Investigating Derrick Rose Rape Accusations Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

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Source: KTLA 5
Source: KTLA 5

A Los Angeles police detective investigating rape allegations against NBA star Derrick Rose was found dead in a Whittier home on Tuesday of an apparent suicide, PEOPLE confirms.

Police said they responded to a report of a suicide in the afternoon and arrived at a home in the Los Angeles suburb to find 44-year-old Nadine Hernandez suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. died later at a hospital.

“At the this time, our investigation bureau is handling her death as a suicide and there is no indication of foul play,” a Whittier Police Department spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado said Wednesday that Hernandez was a detective in the Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section, the AP reports.

Police said a firearm was recovered at the scene.

“This is an ongoing investigation and we will continue to collaborate with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as part of our investigation,” Whittier police said in a statement.

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An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday, according to the publication, USA Today reports.

Whittier police are conducting the investigation into the detective’s death.

An LAPD official told KTLA that Hernandez was investigating the allegations against Rose.

“Detective Hernandez was among several detectives working on the Derrick Rose case at the time of her death. At this point there is no indication that her case work had any connection to her death,” the LAPD said in a statement, according to KTLA. “The Rose investigation will continue unimpeded.”

Rose and two of his friends are accused of gang raping a woman after giving her a drug-laced tequila drink in August 2013. She is suing the basketball star for $21.5 million in a civil suit in a Los Angeles federal court.

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The woman’s attorney, Waukeen McCoy, called the situation a “classic gang rape” as the trial got underway earlier this month, the Associated Press reports.

“The plaintiff will tell you all three men were in the bedroom at the same time,” McCoy said, according to the AP. “Each of them took turns raping her, they don’t even know who went first.”

All three men are named in the suit and have denied the allegations.

After the complaint was filed, Rose’s lawyer, Mark Baute, said in a statement to PEOPLE that the allegations were “completely false and without any factual basis,” characterizing them as “nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete.”