Ronni Chasen Update: Police Say Ballistics Report Confirms Ex-Con Killed the Hollywood Publicist

Ronni Chasen (AP Photo, file)
Ronni Chasen Update: Ballistic Reports Confirm Ex-Con Killed the Hollywood Publicist
Ronni Chasen (AP Photo, file)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (CBS/AP) The Beverly Hills police chief says the final ballistics report confirms that the death of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was not part of a conspiracy as some suggested, but rather a random act by an ex-con.

Chief David Snowden said Wednesday that the gun used to murder Chasen was the same weapon Harold Smith, the accused gunman, used to commit suicide Dec. 1, before police could question him regarding the fatal shooting.

"That man is the man that shot her, there is no conspiracy, nothing else was involved," Snowden told The Hollywood Reporter. "I know a lot of people don't like to see it end like that -- they'd rather have something more dramatic, but that's just the way it is. The facts are the facts."

Snowden confirmed some of the details at an earlier press conference and reaffirmed that Smith acted alone in the Nov. 16 slaying, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Police believe Smith rode up to Chasen's Mercedes Benz and attempted to rob the 64-year-old Chasen, who was returning home from the premiere of the movie "Burlesque."

At some point during the robbery, Smith shot Chasen several times in the chest causing the publicist to lose control of her car and careen into a light post.

Residents discovered Chasen, whose purse was still in the car, slumped over the wheel. She was transported to Cedars-Sinai hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after the attack.

Although Snowden decline to offer a more detailed summary of the detectives' findings to The Hollywood Reporter, he did say that police will formally close the investigation next week because "there is no evidence to review."