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from LA Police Protective League

June 18, 2018

Law Enforcement News

2nd Kansas Deputy Dies After Shooting By Inmate
Two Kansas sheriff's deputies who were shot and killed by an inmate while transporting him between the courthouse and jail were both parents, authorities said Saturday. The inmate, whose name hasn't been released, shot Wyandotte County Sheriff's deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer on Friday in a gated area behind the county courthouse. He may have used one of the deputies' own guns to shoot them during a struggle after he got out of the van, authorities said.
Associated Press

Will New Police Chief Michel Moore Change The Way LAPD Treats The Homeless?
For much of the time the Rev. Andy Bales has worked on Skid Row as the head of the Union Rescue Mission, he's been one of the few with a street-level view of the community and how the LAPD has policed it. In his 13 years serving Skid Row's homeless, he's seen different responses to tackling the community's issues from the city and its law enforcement officers. Under former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, that meant aggressive cleanups of encampments and ticketing of homeless people for drugs and other minor offenses. “We would tell people, ‘We're coming, you gotta break down your tent at 6 p.m. and come back at 9 p.m.,” Bales said. “And then the police would come behind us.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman With Fatal Gunshot Wound Crashes Into San Pedro Building
Police and firefighters responding to a call of a vehicle crashing into a building Monday morning in San Pedro found a woman who had been shot to death inside the vehicle, authorities said. The crash was reported at about 2:30 a.m. at 783 West Sepulveda St., Sgt. J. Talmage of the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Station said. Arriving officers and firefighters found only the fatally wounded woman inside the car, he said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities Investigate Possible Gang Related Road Rage Shooting With Family Shot At, Cars Crashed, 2 In Custody In South L.A.
Authorities continue to investigate a possible gang related road rage shooting that resulted in a family of three shot at, some cars heavily damaged and two people taken into custody Saturday night in South Los Angeles. No one was injured in the road rage incident where one of the suspects fired shots into the vehicle of the family around 3:30 p.m. at 3939 Coco Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Don Byeon. LAPD officers later found the suspect vehicle at West 42nd Street and South Western Avenue and began a short pursuit, he said. The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle collided into some cars, he said. Witness Kerry Moore watched the high-speed pursuit.

Stabbing Suspect Shot, Killed Near Van Nuys Church
LAPD officers shot and killed a stabbing suspect in Van Nuys on Saturday as he held a woman at knifepoint outside a church. After attacking two people with a large knife, officers opened fire on the suspect outside the Central Lutheran Church off Victory Boulevard and Tyrone Avenue. The woman held at knifepoint suffered critical stab wounds, according to police. Witnesses say they were at the church for a daily lunch that the church runs as an outreach mission.

Rapper Rich The Kid Hospitalized After Violent Home Invasion In LA
Rapper Rich the Kid was hospitalized after being assaulted in a violent home invasion robbery in Los Angeles Friday morning. Los Angeles police confirmed the home invasion occurred at an apartment complex in the 3100 block of Wilshire Boulevard. The rapper was physically assaulted and sustained minor injuries. Authorities said cash and other items were taken during the crime. Police said several suspects are being sought. No descriptions were immediately available.

LAPD Seeks Man Caught On Video Swiping Women's Purses At Venice Restaurant
Investigators are seeking the public's help in identifying a man seen snatching women's handbags while they dine at a Venice eatery in videos released Friday by police. The same man is seen entering Wabi-Sabi sushi at 1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd. twice, each time surreptitiously pilfering a purse, in surveillance footage captured by the restaurant last month. The first incident occurred on May 25, and the second three days later on May 28, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

2 Arrested After Mexico's World Cup Victory Sparks Celebrations In Pacoima, East L.A.
At least two people were arrested in Pacoima on Sunday after a spontaneous party broke out celebrating Mexico's 1-0 victory over Germany in the World Cup, authorities said. The Los Angeles Police Department said a third person may have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public. About 300 fans of Mexico's national soccer team poured into the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Van Nuys boulevards around noon and lighted fireworks. The celebration was “uneventful” and the participants cheering El Tri were mostly cooperative, police said. Large crowds also filled Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, the Sheriff's Department said, prompting deputies to close part of the road.
Los Angeles Times

Woman Pleads No Contest In Case Of Car Taken With Baby Inside
A Van Nuys woman accused of taking a car with an 11-month-old boy inside in April pleaded no contest Friday to a felony count of child abuse. Maria Elizabeth DeLaTorre, 37, is facing four years in state prison, with sentencing set July 3 in a Van Nuys courtroom, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A second charge — a felony count of driving or taking a vehicle without consent — is expected to be dismissed as a result of DeLaTorre's plea, according to Ricardo Santiago of the District Attorney's Office. The boy was inside a car that was left running as the boy's mother stood feet away with another son on April 3, said Deputy District Attorney Kelly Kraetsch.

L.A. Man Who Burned Down Burbank Home, Prompting Search, Was Targeting Woman He'd Dated: Police
A Los Angeles man suspected of targeting a woman he had once dated was taken into custody early Saturday morning after intentionally setting fire to a Burbank home, destroying it, and prompting an hourslong overnight search for him, police said. Gilberto Siose, 50, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and arson of an inhabited dwelling, as well as for an outstanding arrest warrant for driving under the influence. He's being held on more than $6 million bail in what the Burbank Police Department called a "domestic violence incident."

SoCal Bank Robber 'Faux Badge Bandit' Sought By FBI
The FBI is asking for the public's help in tracking down a serial bank robber they've named the "Faux Badge Bandit." The man is wanted for robbing four local banks since May 31 -- two in the same day. The banks were in La Verne, Pasadena, Claremont and Santa Clarita. During the robberies, the suspect entered the banks carrying a bag and presented a note demanding cash. Witnesses said he wore a seven-point badge on his hip, along with a shoulder holster. Tellers said he showed a handgun during the robberies and even threatened to kill their co-workers. He may impersonate a police officer and could be carrying several weapons, according to investigators.

Public Safety News

West Nile Virus Confirmed In LA County
The L.A. County Department of Public Health has identified the first case of human West Nile virus infection in L.A. County for the 2018 season. A San Gabriel Valley resident was hospitalized in May with the disease, which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. It can affect the nervous system and result in meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis and even death. People over 50 years of age and those with chronic medical problems are at higher risk of severe disease, according to Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, M.D., M.P.H., an L.A. County health officer.

Local Government News

Skid Row Makes Demands For LA City Planners As Rezoning Looms
What should downtown Los Angeles look like in the year 2040? The L.A. Department of City Planning estimates that, by then, 125,000 more people will need housing in the city center. This potential flood of new neighbors is fueling concerns in Skid Row that low-income residents will be pushed out. Advocates gathered Friday at Stanford Avenue and 5th Street, where a building that used to offer homeless services is now half-vacant. They fear that buildings such as these will be converted into market-rate lofts with the city's rezoning plan, called "DTLA 2040."


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