The Los Angles police detective handling the investigation of rape allegations against NBA star Derrick Rose is dead after she was found with a gunshot wound, officials said Wednesday.
Nadine Hernandez, 44, was found dead in a Whittier, Calif., home the LAPD told the Los Angeles Times. She was assigned to the department’s Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section and frequently handled high-profile sex crimes cases.
Police received a call about an attempted suicide around 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, and found the woman with a single gunshot wound. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died less than an hour later. Whittier Police said the wound was self-inflicted and was a likely suicide. No connection between Hernandez’s death and the Rose case has surfaced.
The Times reported that the house where she was found belonged to a relative. The address was apparently registered to a retired LAPD lieutenant.
Last month, the LAPD notified Rose’s attorney that the New York Knicks’ recently acquired point guard was under criminal investigation for the alleged 2013 sexual assault. He and two friends are accused of drugging and raping a woman that he says that he has dated and had an ongoing sexual relationship with. A $21 million dollar civil lawsuit is underway in U.S. District Court. Rose has maintained before the proceedings and during testimony that the sexual contact with the woman was consensual.
His attorneys moved for a mistrial based on the plaintiff’s attorney’s failure to provide text messages sent to Rose at the time of the alleged rape, but Judge Michael Fitzgerald denied the motion on Wednesday.
Hernandez wrote the letter to Rose’s attorney confirming that the LAPD was investigating Rose and that it intended to protect the identity of the alleged victim during the course of the criminal investigation.
“The ability to offer anonymity to victims of sex crimes is an invaluable investigative aid to investigators as well as a great comfort to victims of crimes of such a sensitive nature,” she wrote.
The Knicks began their preseason against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 4, the same day that the civil trial began. He played in that game and has made no court appearance since.
A version of this story originally appeared on JETMag.com.