Child Custody Domestic Violence

Fatal Child Custody Exchange

According to Orange County sheriff’s officials, a Mission Viejo man shot and killed his wife during a child-custody exchange. He then shot himself.


Deputies found the bodies of  Scott E. Gimbell, 50, and Linda Sachs Gimbell, 44, of San Clemente, after responding to reports of shots fired at an apartment complex in the 26800 block of La Alameda in Mission Viejo. The bodies were found lying outside Linda’s vehicle in the parking area of the apartment complex. The Gimbels’ 13-year-old and 7 year-old children were also present during the shooting, but were not injured.

Child Custody Dispute

It’s believed that parents were handing off their daughter and son to one another in a custody exchange when the shooting occurred. Allegedly, the two had separated, and were embroiled in a custody dispute. The incident is being handled as a murder-suicide, according to authorities. Investigators believe Scott shot his wife with a handgun before killing himself. Their 13-year-old daughter called 911.

The Gimbel’s

Both Mr. Gimbel and Mrs. Sachs Gimbel had worked in the financial services industry. Mr. Gimbel founded Citywide bank in 1999. By 2005 Citywide was one of the nation’s largest mortgage brokerage firms. She had worked as a sales manager for Deutsche Bank prior to joining Citywide Mortgage Corporation. Linda’s friend, Jamie Melim wrote on Facebook: “My heart aches at the loss of a beautiful friend. She was smart, amazing and sooo funny! She was tragically taken from this world last night. She left behind two young children and a family that absolutely adored her.”


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Source: Los Angeles Times, Man fatally shoots wife, then himself during child-custody exchange, November 1, 2014

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