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September 17, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Suspects Who Killed Texas LEO Now Facing Capital Murder Charges
The two surviving suspects in the Friday shooting of a Fort Worth undercover police officer now face charges of capital murder, police said Saturday. Garrett Hull, a 17-year veteran described as the “cement” of his robbery unit, died Friday night after being shot early Friday morning as he tried to apprehend three robbery suspects. Police shot and killed Dacion Steptoe, 23, during the incident. He died in the driveway of a house in the 3500 block of May Street, about a block away from the Los Vaqueros bar he and two other suspects robbed, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner and police.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

New York Police Searching For 14th Suspect In Teen Police Explorer's Stabbing Death
Police are looking to question a man in connection with the June slaying of Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz. The NYPD released a photo on Wednesday of 20-year-old Frederick Then, who was described as just over 6 feet tall and about 150 pounds. Guzman-Feliz, a 15-year-old who was affectionately called “Junior,” was fatally stabbed and slashed by a group of suspected gang members armed with knives and a machete outside of a bodega in the Belmont section of the Bronx on June 20, according to police. He died after running to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital and collapsing near the entrance.

Pedestrian Killed In Hit-and-Run Crash Involving 2 Vehicles In Van Nuys
A pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash that involved two vehicles in Van Nuys Friday. Authorities said the crime happened around 9:42 p.m. near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Wynadotte Street. Witnesses told police a 2012-2015 Toyota Corolla was involved and that it had damage to the right front-end and fender. It also had a smashed windshield. The other vehicle involved was possibly a white Chevy Cruze that also had a smashed windshield. It was unclear what led to the crash or how both vehicles hit the pedestrian. Anyone with more information was urged to call (877) LAPD-24-7. Tipsters can be anonymous.

Suspect Detained After Firing Shots During 5-Hour Standoff With Police In North Hollywood: LAPD
What started as a dispute between neighbors at a North Hollywood duplex early Saturday escalated into an hourslong police standoff during which the suspect fired a gun, authorities said. None of the officers, who managed to detain the male suspect around 6:30 a.m., were hurt. Paramedics transported him to a hospital for teargas exposure, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. His name has not been released. The incident unfolded around 1 a.m. when a resident living near Lankershim Boulevard and Kling Street complained to a neighbor about noise, Lt. Victor Arellano told KTLA. That neighbor allegedly punched the resident who made the complaint. The victim then called the police, Arellano said.

2 Men Injured In South Los Angeles Shooting Tied To A Dispute On Facebook
Two men were wounded Saturday when they went to a South Los Angeles intersection to resolve a dispute with other men they were conducting over Facebook, authorities said. The shooting was reported about 2:45 p.m. at Hoover Street and Gage Avenue, Sgt. A. Kaspian of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Station said. “They were having a dispute over Facebook about a gang or territory and went to settle it,” Kaspian said. Two men, believed about 18 years old, were shot in the upper body and had stable vital signs in hospitals, while two shooters believed between 18 and 20 years old fled the scene, he said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Pursuit Of Woman In South LA Ends Peacefully
A police pursuit of a white sedan with a female driver wanted for driving recklessly and failing to yield in the South LA area Sunday evening ended peacefully in the Windsor Hills-View Park area. Gil Leyvas and Newschopper4 Bravo were overhead at approximately 6:40 p.m. with a white sedan failing to yield in the Crenshaw area. The LAPD confirmed that LA School Police was in pursuit of the reckless driver that failed to yield. The pursuit featured the female suspect driving on the wrong side of the street and even circling a vehicle at one point in attempts to make a U-turn. 

Sherman Oaks Man Arrested In Van Nuys Fatal Hit-and-Run
A Sherman Oaks man was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed one man, authorities said Saturday. Kenneth Korevaar, 60, was booked into the Van Nuys jail just before 4 a.m., according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's inmate records. He was held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Korevaar was booked on suspicion of felony hit and run, police said. Driving under the influence was believed to be a factor in the crash, they added. The hit-and-run was reported at 9:45 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Wyandotte Street, said Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.
Los Angeles Daily News

New Surveillance Video Released In South Los Angeles Double Shooting
Reginald McLendon had helped set up for his big brother's big 60th birthday bash at his home in Gramercy Park all afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. He didn't know then that the celebration of life would end, with the taking of his own. It was just after 1 a.m. on the Sept. 17 when Reggie and his brother were outside saying goodbye to some family and friends who had come to celebrate, when two young Black men approached and fired multiple shots. LAPD South Bureau Homicide Detective Jonathan Kincaid says the two then ran up the block to a waiting SUV and disappeared into the night. In the aftermath: Reggie's brother was shot but survived. Reggie was shot and died.

Escaped Offender Who Ditched GPS Device Is Found In Tujunga
An offender who walked away from a California Department of Corrections facility in South Los Angeles was taken into custody Thursday night in the Tujunga area. Sandy Siders was taken into custody about 9 p.m. by the Department of Corrections Special Service Unit, with assistance from the Los Angeles Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Glendale Police Department, according to Vicky Waters with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The exact location where he was located was not disclosed.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Chiefs Warn Of Increased Crime If California Allows Pot Deliveries Statewide
The prospect of vans loaded with pot delivering to homes in quiet Morgan Hill makes Police Chief David Swing uneasy. Like most cities in the state, the upscale San Jose suburb has banned pot shops. But now, as California considers a proposal to allow marijuana businesses to send home-delivery vans into communities where retail stores are prohibited, Swing and others in law enforcement say they are preparing for the worst. “This will make it easier and more lucrative to rob a delivery person than a liquor store,” said Swing, who is president of the California Police Chiefs Assn.
Los Angeles Times

Even With Murder Rates Falling, Big-City Detectives Face Daunting Caseloads
It had been less than 24 hours since homicide Lt. Michael Russell had been summoned to a killing, and now, on a hot Saturday morning in July, he was headed to yet another. One of his sergeants texted him with a message and a location: “Man, can't get a breather, Fatal Shooting, Greiner/Fairport, John Doe.” This time, the body had been found lying in a playground in front of the swings. Since 2012, someone has been murdered nearly every 24 hours in Detroit, a city long plagued by violence. Despite sweeping changes to make the homicide division more efficient, police arrest suspects in fewer than half of all killings.
Washington Post

Public Safety News

Utah Firefighter Who Died Battling Mendocino Complex Fire Was Killed By Retardant Drop
A Utah firefighter was killed while battling the Mendocino Complex fire when the force of a retardant drop from an air tanker knocked a nearly 90-foot Douglas fir on top of him. A report by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection outlines the incident last month that killed Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, of the Draper City Fire Department, while assigned to the largest fire in California modern history. Burchett, 42, was killed and three other firefighters — two fire captains from his Utah crew, and a fire apparatus engineer from another group from Kings County — were injured.

Fire Explorers Raise Money, Honor Fallen Hotshot During Fishing Tournament In Long Beach
In the early morning hours, 100 people headed out on a fishing trip to honor a fallen hero. It was the 5th annual Kevin Woyjeck Fishing Tournament off the coast of Long Beach. Woyjeck was one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in 2013 while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. The sold-out event supports the Kevin Woyjeck Explorers for Life Association. Kevin Woykeck grew up in Seal Beach and would often fish off the shores of Long Beach as a kid. Fire Explorers help youths become first responders by assisting them financially and providing equipment.

Local Government News

L.A. Wins Preliminary Injunction Against DOJ Over Safety Grants
A United States District Court ruled in favor of the city of Los Angeles Friday and issued a preliminary injunction barring the Trump Administration from imposing civil immigration conditions on a 2017 federal public safety grant used to fight gang violence. The court found that the Trump Administration exceeded its authority when it placed the conditions on the grant. “The court's action is a win for public safety in Los Angeles, and once again confirms that our nation's system of checks and balances works,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said. Feuer sued the Trump Administration over imposing the civil immigration conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, which provides federal funding for states and cities to support local law enforcement efforts.
Los Angeles Daily News


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