A search is under way for the person who shot to death the 79-year-old mother of a Los Angeles police officer at her home in South Los Angeles.

The body of Cleo Hughes was discovered by her LAPD officer son around 11:50 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 1600 block of West 66th Street.

Officer Cleon Joseph, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman, said the victim had been shot at least once.

Hughes had been dropped off at her home by her son Saturday night, and he called her Sunday morning but got no response. The officer, whose name was withheld, went to his mother’s home Sunday about noon to check on her welfare and found her body.

The woman and her son, who works as a training officer, were extremely close, according to relatives who spoke to reporters.

Family friend Clarence Brown told KCAL 9 that Hughes, who ran Zack’s Family Kitchen, a restaurant where her son and other officers often gathered, was a neighborhood institution.
“Somebody would do something like this to that woman?” he said tearfully. “That woman never hurt nobody.”