Former Detective Who Claimed LAPD Involvement in Biggie Smalls Murder Dies Suddenly

Former Detective Who Claimed LAPD Involvement in Biggie Smalls Murder Dies Suddenly

Notorious B.I.G. (AP Photo)
Notorious B.I.G. (AP Photo)

(NBC News) – The former LAPD detective best known for his involvement in rapper Biggie Smalls’ murder case, died suddenly Wednesday of a possible heart attack, sources told NBC News.

Russell Poole was discussing a cold case murder investigation with Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office homicide investigators when he was stricken at their Monterey Park offices.

Sheriff’s Investigators performed CPR and Poole was rushed to a local hospital but a short time later was pronounced dead.

Poole was known as an aggressive and outspoken investigator. He first gained attention for his investigation into a March 1997 shooting involving two LAPD officers on a Universal City street that left one of them dead.

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