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Van Nuys Man Killed in Dispute Over Gun

June 27, 1989

A Van Nuys man was shot to death during a struggle for a gun, and the man he fought with was arrested on suspicion of murder, Los Angeles police said Monday.

Police officers who were called at 11 p.m. Sunday to an apartment in the 16700 block of Sherman Way found Henry Pla, 23, dead of a gunshot wound in the chest.

Police said Pla was shot while involved in a dispute with Eric Molina, 24, of Van Nuys. Molina told investigators that he was trying to disarm the victim, who had grabbed a handgun. The gun went off, killing Pla, police said.

Molina was arrested and was being held without bail at the Van Nuys Jail pending results of an autopsy and completion of the investigation, police said.

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