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May 14, 2018

Law Enforcement News

2 Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Off-Duty Arkansas Officer
Authorities say two men have been arrested in the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer inside his Arkansas home. West Memphis police said Thursday that 22-year-old George Henderson and 25-year-old Demarcus Darnell Parker are accused in the April 28 death of Forrest City police officer Oliver Johnson Jr. Authorities say Johnson was inside his West Memphis apartment when someone began firing gunshots outside. Officials say multiple rounds struck the apartment building's facade and that one bullet hit Johnson in the upper torso.
Associated Press

Autopsies: Ohio Officers Killed By Shots To Head, Torso
Westerville police Officer Eric Joering was killed Feb. 10 when he was shot three times, once in the forehead, while fellow Officer Anthony Morelli died after being shot in the chest as they responded to a possible domestic violence call. Those are the findings of autopsies performed by the Franklin County Coroner's office on both officers. Quentin Lamar Smith, 30, has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the case for shooting both officers to death as they responded to Smith's townhouse just before noon on the 300 block of Cross Wind Drive.
The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

14-Year-Old In Custody After Shooting Student In Arm With Rifle At Highland High In Palmdale: LASD
A 14-year-old former student is in custody after allegedly shooting a current student in the arm with a rifle at Highland High School in Palmdale Friday morning, and the suspect's parents helped find him, authorities said. Both father and mother of the alleged shooter separately called an off-duty Los Angeles police officer they know shortly after the crime to express concern, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in an afternoon news conference. The officer helped capture the suspect after the father told him he had received a call from his son who indicated he had "shot his gun in the air and headed toward Vons," McDonnell said. The officer detained the teen who was without a weapon near the grocery store soon after, McDonnell said.

Gunman On The Loose After Killing One, Injuring Another Following Encino House Party
Los Angeles police were searching for the gunman they said shot two men, one fatally, at point-blank range following a loud house party in an Encino neighborhood early Sunday. Police said both of the victims were shot in 17000 block of Miranda Street at around 4:20 a.m. The dead man was described as being in his 20s, said Officer Mike Lopez, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman. The second victim, described as an elderly man, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. No description was available of the suspect. Police said the man opened fire on the two victims after a loud argument.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Killed, Teens Wounded In South LA Shooting
A 25-year-old man was shot dead and another 25- year-old man was critically wounded today at a gang-related shooting in South Los Angeles. Two teenagers were also wounded. The attack occurred about 1:30 a.m. near Manchester Avenue and the Harbor (110) Freeway, said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. At least two suspects in a vehicle pulled up, with one of the saying "Where you from" before several shots were fired, Lopez said.

Man Fatally Shot In El Sereno Area
A man died Sunday after he was shot in the El Sereno area of eastern Los Angeles, authorities said. The shooting was reported at 5:20 p.m. near the intersection of Huntington Drive and Poplar Boulevard, Sgt. Eddie Arangure of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Station said. The man, in his 40s, was taken to Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, where he died, Arangure said. No further details were available, he said.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Holds 2 Gun Buyback Events Saturday In Effort To Reduce Gun Violence In City
Los Angeles held two gun buyback events Saturday in an effort to reduce gun violence in the city. Sponsored by Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development, the buybacks allow anyone to surrender weapons anonymously in exchange for gift cards, which are valued at $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and at $200 for assault weapons as classified by state law. Gift cards will be given out only while supplies last and all firearms brought to a buyback location must be unloaded and stored in a locked container or a vehicle trunk.

Women Learn Self-Defense Moves At LAPD Workshop In Boyle Heights
A self-defense instructor provided some tips and demonstrated some skills that could help someone fight back during an attack. "Thoughts go through my head all the time so it's like, 'If I were to get attacked, what am I going to do?'" student Erika Sanchez said. "When I heard about the self-defense class, I'm like, well I'm not going to be an expert once I get out of there, but I'm going to know what to do first." Nearly two dozen women of all ages attended a free class at the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck station.

Man Suspected Of Burglarizing Homes While Residents Were At Funerals Held Without Bail
A suspect in a series of Southland home burglaries, some of which targeted people who were away attending funerals, was being held without bail Friday after his arrest in Anaheim. Brett Patrick Rogers, 44, who has relatives in Riverside and Lake Elsinore, is suspected to be the burglar pictured in a doorbell camera security video at a Sherman Oaks residence that was targeted March 12, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The same suspect is believed to have burglarized homes on March 7 and 11 while the residents were at funerals, according to the LAPD. Rogers was arrested by Anaheim police about 3 p.m. Thursday, according to the LAPD.
Los Angeles Daily News

Gov. Brown Proposes Funding For Investigators To Crack Down On California's Illicit Weed Market
Gov. Jerry Brown proposed Friday to create five teams in the state attorney general's office to investigate California's black market for marijuana after firms that received state licenses complained they are being undercut by the illicit growers and sellers. Brown allocated $14 million to “target illegal cannabis activity with an emphasis on complex, large-scale financial and tax evasion investigations,” the governor's office said in a statement. The teams also will focus on “reducing environmental and other crimes associated with the illegal cannabis market.”

Can Legal System Handle New Zero-Tolerance Crackdown On Illegal Border Crossings?
As the U.S. Attorney's Office began a crackdown on illegal border crossings this past week, many worried that the already-burdened federal court system would fracture if every person caught crossing in San Diego were charged over the course of a year, with hundreds of millions of dollars in extra detention costs alone. With other sections of the border seeing much higher numbers of illegal crossings and overcrowded jails adding long-distance transportation costs, implementing a zero-tolerance policy for illegal crossings along the southwest border comes with a hefty price tag.
San Diego Union Tribune

Public Safety News

Adult, 3 Children Treated Following Condo Fire In Sherman Oaks
One adult and three children were injured in a condo fire in Sherman Oaks Monday morning. The fire was reported about 4:15 a.m. at a two-story condo in the 5100 block of North Kester Avenue, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart said. The fire appears to have started on the first floor before spreading to the second floor, Stewart said. Four patients, described only as an adult and three juveniles, were being treated following the fire. The extent of the injuries were unknown, but they were not believed to be life-threatening, Stewart said.

Local Government News

Lawsuits Target City Over New Laws For Homeless Housing Projects And Motel Conversions
A Venice group sued the city of Los Angeles on Friday over a pair of laws recently passed by the City Council that are intended to ease requirements for sheltering homeless people. Oxford Triangle Assn. claims in a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that the city failed to fully consider the environmental impacts of the two laws. Another group, Fight Back, Venice, filed an identical suit Friday, said Jamie Hall, the attorney for both groups.
Los Angeles Times

Elon Musk Unveils Video Of His First Underground L.A. Tunnel, Predicts Rides Within Months
Angelenos may be able to hitch a ride through town on Elon Musk's first underground tunnel in just a few months — at least for a very short distance. The entrepreneur offered a glimpse Thursday night of what riders can expect from his proposal to help unsnarl the city's traffic problems. The exact location of the tunnel shown in the video was not clear. It is believed the digging so far has occurred in and around his property in the Hawthorne area. "First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done!" he wrote on Instagram, with a video taking viewers through the tunnel.
Los Angeles Times


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