- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

SANTA ANA, CALIF. (AP) - A couple who died in a standoff with police at a luxury hotel in 2007 were described by friends and family as paranoid and delusional, according to police and court documents.

Kevin Christie Park, 49, and his wife Joni Lynn Park, 48, of Mission Viejo, were convinced of a conspiracy to deprive them of a multimillion dollar inheritance, according to documents released to the Orange County Register, the newspaper reported Friday.

A longtime friend, Christopher Sullivan, told police that Joni Park believed the couple was under surveillance and their telephones were being tapped.

Sullivan said Kevin Park had been diagnosed as bipolar but his wife convinced him that his family was conspiring to “dumb him down” with medication in order to steal their money, according to a police report.

The Parks and their three children had checked into a $2,200-a-night bungalow at the Montage Laguna Beach resort hotel hours before the shooting on April 22, 2007.

Police said the couple had boxes and suitcases full of financial documents, a bag of ammunition and a semiautomatic handgun. Authorities were called to the resort after a security guard reported a domestic dispute.

One of their children later told police that the parents had been arguing for several days, trying to “find a resolution to this financial problem.”

Police said the couple had a gun and were pointing it at officers from inside their bungalow when authorities arrived. They said two officers opened fire when the woman refused to drop the weapon.

“Every time she pointed the gun at officers, the officers returned fire in self-defense,” the city said in court documents.

The Orange County district attorney’s office later cleared the officers of wrongdoing. The couple’s children sued the city over the shooting but dropped the case last month.

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Information from:

The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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