ALHAMBRA, Calif. – Legendary record producer Phil Spector was arrested Monday for investigation of homicide after the body of a woman was found at his home in a Los Angeles suburb, authorities said.
Spector, 62, was arrested at the castle-like estate around 5 a.m., in this suburb about 15 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, county sheriff's Sgt. Joe Efflandt said.
The police responded to a call from a neighbor and discovered the body of a white, adult female, an LAPD spokesman told Fox News. The woman had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police also told Fox that Spector is the only current suspect in the murder. The producer was taken to the Alhambra Police Department for questioning, and several witnesses were also being questioned, deputies said.
Spector was being represented by attorney Robert Shapiro, whose clients have included O.J. Simpson.
"Mr. Shapiro is Mr. Spector's longtime lawyer and is with him now. We have no further comment at this time," Shapiro's office said in a statement.
Spector lived alone in the home where he was arrested, said close friend Marvin Mitchelson, a prominent Los Angeles attorney.
Records show he bought the home for $1.1 million in 1998.
A black Mercedes-Benz sedan with the passenger door open was parked in the driveway cordoned off by police tape as investigators waited for a search warrant to enter the mansion.
Authorities did not immediately identify the woman or her relationship to Spector. They would not say if a gun had been recovered. Bail was set at $1 million.
In his storied career, Spector produced records for Elvis Presley, Ike and Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers and Darlene Love. He produced the last Beatles album, Let It Be , in 1970. He worked with John Lennon on "Imagine" and helped Yoko Ono produce Lennon's work after he was killed in 1980.
Spector became reclusive and known for an eccentric lifestyle. His last major album was End of the Century, a 1980 collaboration with the Ramones. During the session, the late bassist Dee Dee Ramone said Spector pulled a gun on the band.
Marky Ramone, drummer for the Ramones told Fox News that whatever happened at the home was probably was an accident or in self-defense.
"I don't think he would hurt a fly," he said. "Until anything happens, you're innocent until you're proven guilty. I don't think Phil had it in him to murder anybody....There's no way Phil would have shot Dee Dee Ramone."
Spector was alleged to have demonstrated near-psychotic and abusive behavior, according to a 1995 biography by Rolling Stone magazine.
"It had to stop," Spector said of his behavior in a 1977 Los Angeles Times interview. "Being the rich millionaire in the mansion and then dressing up as Batman. I have to admit I did enjoy it to a certain extent. But I began to realize it was very unhealthy."
Lawrence Levine, a longtime friend and sound engineer for Spector said of Spector's arrest, "In the old days, I could have seen it as accidental, waving a gun around. But he hasn't been that way for a long time. He was really in a good place."
Spector's second wife was Ronnie Bennett, lead singer of the girl group the Ronettes. They divorced in 1974. He has five children from his marriages.
Spector was a 17-year-old student at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles when he wrote and produced his first No. 1 hit for the Teddy Bears, a 1958 ballad called "To Know Him Is to Love Him." Its title was taken from the inscription on the gravestone of his father, Benjamin, who committed suicide in 1949 when Spector was 9.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.