OCEANSIDE — A distraught district attorney shot herself in the head in her car near a Starbucks at the 2100 block of Vista way on Nov. 10, at 6:36 p.m. as a Carlsbad Police officer talked to her through the driver’s window of her vehicle.
Authorities said that Christine Trevino, 51, of Escondido, made threats to kill herself earlier in the day, which prompted local police to perform a welfare check.
Escondido Police officers located Trevino as she traveled in her vehicle by tracking her cell phone, and followed her in unmarked cars as she drove into Carlsbad, at which time they requested help from Carlsbad Police, according to the Oceanside Police Department.
“She shot herself as the officer spoke with her through the driver’s window,” said Lt. Leonard Mata, of the Oceanside Police Department’s Administrative Services Unit.
He said the Oceanside Police Department is handling the death investigation because it happened in Oceanside territory, near the Starbucks at the Pacific Coast Plaza center just northeast of Jefferson Street and state Route 78.
“Someone witnessed what happened and it has been determined to be a suicide,” Mata said.
He said it was a suicide by use of a firearm, and that the department is handling the paperwork, and that it isn’t an investigation where police are working any leads.
Trevino, a deputy district attorney, was currently working at the North County branch in Vista, and had been assigned various divisions throughout her career that included gangs, narcotics and child support, according to the district attorney’s office.
Trevino was an employee with the San Diego County District Attorney’s office for 21 years, and neither police nor the district attorney’s office are offering information on what may have been the cause for her to take her own life.
The following statement was issued Nov. 11 by San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis:
“It is with great sadness that the District Attorney’s Office learned of the death of Deputy District Attorney Christine Trevino. Christine was a dedicated prosecutor and valued member of the DA family. She will be missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to be her colleagues for many years. Our hearts go out to Christine’s family, friends and co-workers at what is a very difficult time for all of us.”