Trouble in Paradise: The Final Chapter?

“You’re going to have to kill me,” Joni Park allegedly yelled as the first officers arrived at the hotel, according to court documents. “Call the police,” she reportedly told officers who ordered her to put the gun down. She allegedly pointed the gun toward officers at least five times.

Montage Pool
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It’s now official, the pair of married real estate agents from Mission Viejo, who two years ago checked into the Montage Resort & Spa, one of the most spectacularly situated resorts on the Southern California coast, only to be dead in an early morning standoff the next day with local police were ‘paranoid’ and ‘delusional’. At the time, it appeared the question of an inheritance might have played a large role in the reported craziness leading to the tragedy of two lives ending in Laguna Beach.

The Orange County Register, based on police reports, stated in a story last week that the couple was convinced that they were victims of a conspiracy set to steal their part of a multimillion-dollar estate.

Roughly two weeks after the children of a Mission Viejo couple dropped a lawsuit against the city, documents now released by police shed a light into the details of what happened, and what led up to the police shooting that killed Joni and Kevin Park at the Montage Hotel almost two years ago.

The couple was killed on April 2007 after the couple allegedly aimed a handgun at police officers who were responding to a call of a domestic dispute at the luxurious hotel. Court documents also state that Joni Park pointed a handgun at police officers at least five times. Officers fired in self-defense, but Park continued to point the gun after being shot by officers.

Hmmm…the kids dropped the case against Laguna Beach…decided “it was time to move on.”

In paradise, trouble can find a private cove.

Read The O.C. Montage shootings as a Didion novel.

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