BRENTWOOD—Brandon Rafiepour, a suspect in the murder of the producer of the “Deadliest Catch” TV show, Joseph McMahon, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Brentwood on Friday, July 24.
His death comes 14 hours after 24-year-old McMahon was shot outside his Pasadena home in the 3600 block of Yorkshire Road, according to a news release by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Family members told KCBS-TV that McMahon heard a suspicious noise outside his home around 2:20 a.m.
Witnesses heard multiple gunshots fired, followed by a car racing away from the crime scene. Joseph McMahon was left on the street outside his home with two bullet wounds in his torso.
In a statement about the recent events, Original Productions CEO Philip D. Segal said, “The entire Original Productions Family is heartbroken with this news. Our thoughts and prayers are for the McMahon Family.” Original Productions is the media company which produces the multi-Emmy® Award-winning “Deadliest Catch,” along with other prime-time cable shows such as “Storage Wars” and “Appalachian Outlaws”
On Friday afternoon, shooting suspect, Brandon Rafiepour, 24, was found dead in a car around 4 p.m.
Lt. Holly Francisco told the Los Angeles Times that police are still unsure of the motive behind the killing. McMahon has no prior history of drug use or gang affiliation.