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March 13, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Arrested In Killing Of Pomona Officer Has Lengthy Record; Wounded Officer Released From Hospital
The man suspected of killing one Pomona police officer and wounding another during a shooting Friday night has an extensive record and had previously served time in state prison for firing a gun in a school zone, according to the Pomona Police Department. Police say they had encountered 38-year-old Isaias De Jesus Valencia prior to Friday night's shooting, in which Valencia shot and killed 30-year-old Pomona Police Officer Gregory Casillas and wounded Pomona Police Officer Alex Nguyen.

Deputy Injured After Being Struck By Suspected Drunk Driver In Lancaster
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was hurt after being struck by a suspected drunk driver, who was going the wrong way in Lancaster early Sunday morning. At about 1:40 a.m., two California Highway Patrol officers observed two vehicles stopped at the top of the northbound SR-14 West Avenue F off-ramp. As the officers approached the two vehicles to see if the occupants needed help, the driver of the 1998 Volvo drove off.  ?
FOX 11

LAPD Officers Who Fatally Shot A Bottle-Throwing Man They Mistook For A Gunman Won't Be Charged
Prosecutors have declined to charge two Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed an unarmed man in Van Nuys after he threw a beer bottle through a window of their police car, authorities announced Monday. Although the officers fired a combined 18 rounds at James Byrd during the 2015 shooting, prosecutors wrote, their actions were legally justified because they reasonably believed Byrd was armed with a gun and had shot at them. "The fact that Byrd did not actually present a deadly threat when the officers reacted is immaterial," prosecutors wrote in an 11-page memo outlining their decision. "[The officers] were entitled to respond to an apparent deadly threat with deadly force and they were entitled to engage Byrd until he no longer presented a threat."
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Prepares For Protests As Trump Comes To Southern California On First Trip As President
Law enforcement officials are bracing for multiple protests Tuesday as President Trump swings through Southern California, but the extent of demonstrations remains a wildcard. Trump has a famously antagonistic relationship with California, clashing on issues such as immigration, climate change and women's rights. The state has become the epicenter of the “resistance” with several huge demonstrations since he took office.

Leimert Park Neighborhood Rattled By Rash Of Shootings
Two men were wounded Monday afternoon in a shooting in South Los Angeles, the second in the same Leimert Park neighborhood in about 90 minutes. Officers called about 5:30 p.m. to the area of Vernon and Third avenues where they found the victims, according to Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department‘s Media Relations Section. Both men were taken to a hospital, where they were in stable condition, Lopez said.

2 Men, Woman Brutally Attack 20-Year-Old In North Hollywood Home Invasion: Police
Two men and a woman allegedly beat Andres Sandoval, 20, in a home invasion in North Hollywood early Saturday after a misunderstanding at a skatepark. Police said the male attackers were out on bail after being arrested, while the woman has not been taken into custody. The victim was released from the hospital Monday afternoon and a GoFundMe campaign has been set up in his name.

Coroner Identifies 2 Victims Killed In Possible Gang Shooting In Valley Glen Neighborhood
Officials on Monday identified the two men who died in a shooting in Valley Glen late Saturday that may have been a gang-related killing. Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office, identified the shooting victims as Hakop Papazian, 47, of Van Nuys, and Vartkes Mesrobian, 57, of Arcadia. Both men were shot in the 6700 block of Greenbush Avenue in Valley Glen at 8:45 p.m. Mesrobian was pronounced dead at the scene, Winter said. Papazian was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:41 p.m.
Los Angeles Daily News

Valley Parents Charged With Keeping Unsecured Guns After Children Make Alleged Threats
Two San Fernando Valley parents are facing criminal charges of keeping unsecured weapons in their homes after their children allegedly made shooting threats at their schools. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Monday announced the charges of unlawful firearms storage that he said followed investigations involving threats at schools in Chatsworth and Granada Hills. In both cases, police were notified of threats made by students, went to the home to investigate and found firearms and ammunition in unsecured locations that the students could have accessed.

Good Samaritan Finds 90-Year-Old Valley Man Who'd Been Missing
A 90-year-old Van Nuys man who went missing Sunday has been found, thanks to a good Samaritan, police said. Police said Fortunato Contreras was found sleeping on the street. He was transported to a hospital for observation. His ID bracelet helped in a quick reunification process with his family, LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza tweeted.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

L.A. County Leaders To Look At Strengthening Gun Laws
The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday on a motion that aims to impose stricter gun control laws in unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County. The proposal, authored by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas, asks the county's legal team to analyze the feasibility of ordinances that would ban .50-caliber handguns and impose additional restrictions on the sale of firearms to people younger than 21.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Lawmakers Can Block Homeless Housing Projects By Simply Withholding A Key Letter
Los Angeles lawmakers say the city must act urgently to help tens of thousands of people get off its streets. They have vowed to build thousands of units of homeless housing with supportive services and pushed for a new law that would make it easier for them to get approved. But so far, members of the City Council have hung on to their own power to halt those projects. Before a proposed building can get funding from the housing department through Proposition HHH, the $1.2-billion bond passed by voters, it must have a "letter of acknowledgment" from the local council member.
Los Angeles Times


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