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July 18, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Officials: Ga. Deputy Shot, Suspect Kills Self
A man suspected of shooting and wounding a Georgia sheriff's deputy killed himself after an armed standoff with officers, authorities said Sunday. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said in a statement released Sunday night on its Facebook page that "the situation has been resolved," and that the suspect had taken his own life. The statement said no additional deputies or other people had been injured. Area news media reported the deputy was shot in a subdivision in the northern part of the county, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. The deputy suffered leg wounds and was taken to a local hospital where he was being treated for "non-life threatening injuries," the sheriff's office said in a news release. The deputy was investigating a report of a domestic disturbance when he was shot, the sheriff's office statement said. 
Associated Press

Husband, Wife Found Shot To Death Inside Chatsworth Home In Suspected Murder-Suicide: LAPD
A husband and wife were found dead in the bedroom of their Chatsworth townhouse on Monday morning, and police are investigating the case as a suspected murder-suicide. Officers were called to the residence in the 10400 block of Canoga Avenue just after 7 a.m., according to Officer Tony Im with the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. When police arrived, they found a man and woman dead, Im said. Both had been shot. A firearm was recovered in the bedroom where the two were found deceased, according to LAPD Detective Dave Peteque. Police initially described the married couple as being in their 50s, but Peteque later said the man was 73 and the woman was 67. Peteque did not identify them, telling KTLA that investigators are still trying to get in contact with relatives. A motive has not yet been determined.

4 LAPD Gang Officers Injured After Patrol Cars Collide In South L.A. Parking Lot
Four gang officers with the Los Angeles Police Department were injured Monday afternoon after their two patrol cars collided in a South Los Angeles parking lot, authorities said. The collision occurred about 4:40 p.m. in a shopping center parking lot at Vermont Avenue and 43rd Place, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. One patrol car was headed south and the other was traveling west when they crashed, sending one of the cruisers into an unoccupied parked car. All four officers, who work out of the LAPD's 77th Street station, were taken to a hospital with complaints of pain and cuts from the airbags, which deployed in both cars. All were in stable condition. No civilian injuries were reported. Additional details about what led to the crash were not available.
Los Angeles Times

Woman's Body Found At Reseda Park
Authorities were trying to determine how a woman died after her body was found in Reseda Park Monday morning. Los Angeles police received a report of a woman lying down around 9:30 or 10 a.m. at the park located on Victory Boulevard near Reseda Boulevard. Both the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department responded and determined the woman was dead, said LAPD Officer Isaac Gomez. “We're treating it as a homicide until we find something different ... Just in case,” added Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Bob Dinlocker. The woman, who had yet to be identified, looked to be in her late 20s to early 30s, Dinlocker said, adding that officers were looking for evidence, interviewing people and canvassing the neighborhood for clues. Investigators were waiting for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office to determine if the woman sustained any injuries, Dinlocker said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Man, Teen Wounded In Possible Gang-Related Shooting In Hollywood
A 15-year-old boy and a man in his mid- to late-20s were wounded Monday night in a possible gang-related shooting in Hollywood. The victims were standing at the corner of Van Ness and Lemon Grove avenues outside Paramount Picture Studios when someone shot them shortly after 8 p.m., according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. The teen was shot in the arm, and the man was hit in the stomach, according to Lopez. Both victims were taken to a hospital. The shooter got away. Lopez said the shooting may have been gang-related.

Victim Of Fatal Winnetka Accident ID'd
The Coroner's Office today released the name of a 42-year-old motorist killed in Winnetka in a high-speed three-vehicle crash that was blamed on a drunk driver and left four people injured. She was Rosario Chavez, 42, of Northridge, said Lt. Larry Dietz of the coroner's office. The crash was reported at 2:09 a.m. Thursday in the area of Roscoe Boulevard and Irondale Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Bureau. Jose Miguel Mejia, 28, of Northridge was eastbound on Roscoe, driving a 2016 Dodge Challenger that sideswiped an eastbound 2001 Subaru Impreza and collided with an eastbound 2013 Ford Escape just west of Irondale, according to the LAPD. “The impact caused the Subaru to spin out of control and it came to a stop in the opposing traffic lanes,” Officer Tony Im of the LAPD's Media Relations Section said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Plea For Help: Who Killed 'Mamo' Gatewood In 5-Year-Old Cold Case
Denise Gatewood knows that nothing will bring her 17-year-old son 'Mamo'' back, but she could certainly use some good news.  She's hoping that a fresh look at the unsolved five-year-old murder will result in someone coming forward, someone who saw something or knows something about the shooting that killed her son as he stood on the sidewalk after a high school party.  LA Sheriff Homicide Detective Dave Gunner says, there were plenty of witnesses that night, he even got a name, but the name wasn't legit and since then nothing solid has emerged as a lead.  I spoke with Mrs. Gatewood and Detective Gunner at her home, filled with relatives, photos of Mamo (a nickname for Emmanuel) , and also a lot of sadness.  An arrest won't necessarily bring 'closure', as that is a vaguely defined word and means different things to different victims of crime, but it will bring some peace of mind that for now remains elusive.
FOX 11

Dead police captain, girlfriend in bloody Seal Beach apartment
aw enforcement authorities Tuesday were trying to determine exactly what happened as a police captain and his Westminster city clerk girlfriend were found shot to death in his Seal Beach apartment following a tense hours-long SWAT team deployment. There was no confirmation from authorities that the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, but a neighbor described their relationship as “volatile.” It's possible both people were already dead when the SWAT team arrived.

California Probes Unusual String Of Assaults On Prison Staff
Authorities are investigating what they call an unusual string of assaults that injured nine employees at a single Southern California state prison, sending five to the hospital for treatment within days of each other. Such multiple assaults are uncommon and concerning, corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said Monday. They are not believed to be related but officials are investigating. A correctional counselor's nose was broken Monday by an inmate at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County. The counselor also required eight stitches after officials said Ronnie Moody, 35, became irate. Moody, who is serving a nearly 12-year sentence from San Francisco for crimes including attempted robbery and resisting arrest, was treated at the prison for minor injuries. 
Associated Press

California Supreme Court: Medical Board Can Examine Prescription Records
California's medical board may obtain patient prescription records without a warrant or subpoena, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday. Dr. Alwin Carl Lewis, a Burbank internist, brought the case after the state placed him on probation for three years following a review of his prescription records. Lewis contended the medical board's access to the records violated his patients' privacy. The state high court, in a ruling written by Justice Goodwin Liu, rejected the physician's challenge. The government's need to protect public safety outweighed any intrusion into privacy, the court said.  “Review of these records was justified by the state's dual interest in protecting the public from the unlawful use … of a particularly dangerous class of prescription drugs,” Liu wrote, “and protecting patients from negligent or incompetent physicians.” 
Los Angeles Times

Seattle Mayor Orders Police To Wear Body Cameras
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Monday ordered the city's police department to equip patrol officers with body cameras, saying he doesn't want any more serious uses of force to go unrecorded. The decision, first reported by The Seattle Times, came a month after the absence of video recordings left lingering questions about the police shooting of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother who had struggled with mental health issues. The city has been negotiating with the Seattle Police Officers Guild over deploying the cameras. But Murray said the cameras are a necessary accountability tool and the union talks have stalled. "Body cameras improve behavior and de-escalation on both sides of the camera," Murray said in a news release. "We have taken far too long to fully implement the body camera program due to legislative gridlock — it is past time to move forward.
Associated Press

Citing safety concerns, Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff's Office end narcotics testing in the field
Citing threats to first responders' safety, the Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff's Office will no longer perform drug tests in the field, the departments announced Friday. The policy change takes effect at midnight on Saturday, July 15. "The last thing we want to do is end up in the hospital in the middle of the night or, God forbid, having to knock on the door because their loved one has died as a result of these extremely dangerous jobs," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said, citing a recent example in which a local deputy was inadvertently exposed to lethal amounts of carfentanil during an investigation.
ABC 13 Houston

Justice Dept. Signals More Police Property Seizures Coming
The Justice Department will soon make it easier for local law enforcement to seize cash and property from crime suspects and reap the proceeds, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. Sessions said a shift will be announced this week that will increase the use of asset forfeiture, especially for drug suspects. The practice has been criticized because it allows law enforcement to take possessions — such as cars and money — without indictments or evidence a crime has been committed. "With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime," Sessions told local prosecutors in Minnesota.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Proposal To Expand LA Board Of Supervisors Gaining Momentum
Even though the idea has been rejected by Los Angeles County voters, a proposal to expand the Board of Supervisors is gaining traction in the state Legislature amid complaints that the panel is too small to properly serve the nation's most populous county. A plan to ask voters statewide to expand the board from five to seven members and create a new, elected county chief executive officer has sailed through two legislative policy committees despite a split in L.A. county's delegation to the Legislature, the Los Angeles Times reported. Sen. Tony Mendoza , D-Artesia, leads a group of 10 senators who have introduced legislation for a statewide ballot measure based on the belief it would make the board more representative of and accessible to constituents, according to The Times.


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