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from LA Police Protective League

April 3, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Louisiana Deputy Wounded, Suspect Killed In Shootout
Authorities have identified a vehicle burglary suspect killed during a shootout that also injured a sheriff's deputy in Louisiana. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's officials told news outlets that 24-year-old Joseph Walden Johnson Jr. died Sunday following a brief chase. Sheriff Randy Smith said Deputy Justin Nail is in stable condition after surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Investigators say deputies tried to stop Johnson, who was suspected in a series of car burglaries.
Associated Press

Arkansas Trooper Shot, Wounded During Traffic Stop
A suspect has been arrested after a trooper was shot during a traffic stop. On Sunday, Arkansas State Trooper Kyle Sheldon was shot and wounded during a traffic stop at a gas station, KATV reports. Police said 49-year-old Elsbeth Tresa Kittinger fired on Sheldon after the trooper asked her to step out of her vehicle. Malvern Police Department officers, who were parked near the trooper after answering an unrelated call in the area, returned fire on Kittinger. Police said officers fired again at the suspect as she fled from the scene.

Video: Cleveland Officer Under Investigation For Not Aiding Other Cops In Struggle
A Cleveland TV station has obtained video showing a city police officer saying he won't help other officers deal with a dangerous man because he doesn't want to end up under investigation. The video comes from a call in November for a man having a mental health crisis. A group of officers tried to talk him into coming out of a house. A police report shows he made threats to officers and made other bizarre statements. That led to a struggle with police on the porch, Fox 8 reports.
Police Magazine

LAPD Pursues Vehicle In South L.A. Area; Driver Accused Of Trying To Hit Officers With Car
An individual who allegedly stole a vehicle led officers on a pursuit that started in South L.A. late Monday and stretched into the early hours of Tuesday. Footage from Sky5 showed Los Angeles police chasing a white Kia on the northbound 405 Freeway around 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles police said officers were investigating a possibly stolen vehicle when they started chasing the car near Victoria Avenue and 67th Street in South L.A., Officer Tony Im said. The driver, believed to be female, allegedly attempted to hit officers and crashed into a patrol vehicle.

Police Release Video Of Big Rig Involved In Fatal Hit-And-Run In DTLA
Police released footage Monday of a big rig trailer that struck and killed a pedestrian in Downtown Los Angeles, hoping the video will lead to the driver's capture. Victor Leonard Hernandez-Perez died on the evening of Feb. 23 near the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Central Avenue after being struck by the truck, the Los Angeles Police Dept. said. This is an area near the major thoroughfare Alameda Street, which sees heavy, big rig traffic.

Caught On Camera: Search For Driver Who Struck USC Student
A 20-year-old USC student was hit by a car right in front of her Exposition Park home, in a crash captured on surveillance video Thursday night that left her with a broken nose and a broken leg. Los Angeles Police Department detectives hope someone who sees the surveillance video will come forward with information. They're looking for the car that hit Kim Cuellar, who instead of studying for midterms is healing form her injuries.

LA Police, CHP Pursue Stolen Vehicles, Including A City Ambulance
?A stolen car suspect who allegedly tried to run down officers who were responding led police on a lengthy chase Monday night. The pursuit began at 10:26 p.m. in the area of 67th Street and Victoria Avenue in South Los Angeles. Officers were observing the stolen car and saw the suspect get inside of it before the driver tried to run officers over and attempted to ram their vehicles, said Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division. No officers were injured, Im said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Convicted Of Quadruple Murder Staged As Murder-Suicide
A man was convicted Monday of killing his father, stepmother and two half-brothers in their Hyde Park home in 1999, when he was a teenager, and trying to make the shootings look like a murder-suicide. Jurors deliberated four days before finding Saulo Cesar Alvarado, 35, guilty of four counts of first-degree murder, plus two counts of child molestation involving a then-underage family member. The panel also found true special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and lying in wait.

Father Of Granada Hills Student Who Made Threat Involving Gun Denies Firearm Charges
One of two San Fernando Valley fathers accused of failing to properly store firearms discovered following alleged school threats by their sons pleaded not guilty Monday. Dazo Esguerra, 49, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of criminal storage of a firearm and unlawful storage of a firearm. He was ordered to return to court May 2 for a pretrial hearing. Esguerra faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each charge.
Los Angeles Daily News

California's High Court Upholds DNA Collection
A California law that required an arson suspect to provide a sample of DNA when he was booked into jail did not violate his privacy, the California Supreme Court said Monday. The 4-3 ruling upheld the collection of DNA from Mark Buza, saying authorities had probable cause to arrest him for a serious crime. But the decision left open the possibility of other legal challenges to the DNA law. We recognize that the DNA Act may raise additional constitutional questions that will require resolution in other cases, Associate Justice Leondra Kruger wrote for the majority.
Mercury News

Public Safety News

Boy Speaks Out After Sewer Pipe Rescue: 'I Was Just Praying To God To Help Me And To Not Die'
During the 12 hours he spent in the city's vast network of sewer tunnels, Jesse Hernandez was praying. "I was just praying to God to help me and to not die," Jesse, 13, said in an interview with NBC News. "I was scared." The boy, who was rescued early Monday morning after a frantic overnight search, told the station the tunnels were dark and quiet. "You could just hear the water running through," he said. "You couldn't see anything."
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Garcetti Names Senior Project Manager For Homeless Strategies
Mayor Eric Garcetti Monday appointed a former director at L.A. Family Housing as a senior project manager in his office's efforts to battle homelessness in Los Angeles. In her time at L.A. Family Housing, a low-income housing developer and service provider located in North Hollywood, Christina Miller brought to scale a community-wide housing system for people experiencing homelessness, and oversaw services that brought nearly 1,000 chronically homeless adults and veterans off the streets, according to Garcetti's office.

New Affordable Housing Project Opens In Boyle Heights
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders helped celebrate the grand opening Monday of Cielito Lindo, an affordable housing development in Boyle Heights. The $21.2 million project was developed by the nonprofit East LA Community Corporation and has 50 units total for families who earn between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area median income.


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