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September 24, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Boston Officer Shot, 3 Suspects Taken Into Custody
A Boston police officer who was part of a team on a regular patrol was shot Sunday in the city's South End, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Boston Police Commissioner William Gross told reporters the shooting is yet another example of "too many guns on the street." It's also the latest incident of violence directed at Massachusetts police officers. Two local officers have so far been shot to death this year. "It is our job to patrol and to protect the people of Boston," he said. "Unfortunately, some people take that out against us." 
Associated Press

Alabama Police Chief: Officer Wounded In ‘Ambush' Shooting
An Alabama police chief said Sunday that one of his officers was hospitalized and was expected to survive after being shot while on patrol. Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier did not immediately release the name of the officer who was wounded before dawn Sunday. Collier said he believes the shooting was an "ambush" with multiple people involved. He told WSFA-TV that shots were from a high-powered rifle and pierced the officer's bullet-proof vest and chest. The officer sped away, as he is trained to do, but lost control of his vehicle and crashed.
Associated Press

Report: 2 Who Fired Shot At LAPD Officers Broke Into Home Of Rapper Chief Keef
Two men are in custody early Monday after firing a shot at police officers, prompting a major police response to a quiet Tarzana neighborhood. Officers on patrol spotted suspicious activity in an area where there have been recent burglaries just after 11 p.m. and confronted the two men, one of whom fired a shot. None of the officers returned fire. This prompted a major police response, including officers with K9s and rifles drawn. The five-hour search wrapped up by about 4 a.m., with both men in custody. One of the men had a gun when he was arrested. One of the suspects was taken away in an ambulance after being injured when he was cornered.

LAPD Releases Video Of Officer-Involved Shooting In South Los Angeles That Wounded FBI Agent, Killed Suspect
Video released by the Los Angeles Police Department Friday shows the moment officers and FBI agents exchanged fire with a murder suspect in an August officer-involved shooting near a motel in South Los Angeles. The shooting occurred at the Central Inn Motel in the 4000 block of South Central Avenue on August 7. A fugitive task force consisting of LAPD officers and FBI agents were attempting to arrest Daniel Valdez, 70, for a murder of a relative that happened in July in South LA. Video released shows Valdez talking to a receptionist at the lobby of the motel when he spots the members of the task force approaching. Valdez is seen in the video pulling something out of his pocket and exiting the lobby.

Woman Shot To Death On South Los Angeles Sidewalk
A woman died on a South Los Angeles sidewalk following a shooting on Sunday afternoon, authorities said. It took place shortly before 5 p.m. on 82nd Street, just east of Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Byron Roberts said. Officers responding to reports of a shooting found the wounded woman on a sidewalk, he said. Paramedics were unable to save her. Investigators had yet to determine her identity, Robert said. The circumstances of the deadly shooting remained a mystery.

Student, Teacher Shot Near Van Nuys School Were ‘Unintended Victims,' LAPD Official Says
A student and a teacher who were shot and wounded near an independent charter school in Van Nuys Thursday afternoon were “unintended victims” in the shooting that prompted a school lockdown and a nearly 3-hour manhunt for one of the suspects, a Los Angeles police lieutenant said Friday. “In other words, (the victims) weren't targets of the shooting,” Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Manny Martinez, assistant commanding officer of Van Nuys Detectives. “There's no reason, no motive for this teacher and student to be shot at.” It was not immediately clear who or what the two suspects were allegedly targeting or if they had intended to shoot.
Los Angeles Daily News

Three Suspects Arrested After Officers Respond To Gang Party
Three suspects were arrested Saturday when police officers were called to a gang party in the Green Meadows area of South Los Angeles and the suspects fled, discarding guns along the way, authorities said. The incident was reported about 7:15 p.m. at 98th Street and Avalon Boulevard, Sgt. James Linder of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Station said. Three suspects led officers on a foot pursuit, discarding guns as they ran, including a gun dropped as they ran through a child's birthday party, Linder said.

3 Armed Robbers Sought After Violent Home Invasion In Studio City
Three armed men are being sought after a violent home invasion Monday morning in Studio City, authorities said. According to Los Angeles police, two victims were inside the hillside house in the 3300 block of Oak Glen Drive when the three intruders entered about 4:20 a.m. The robbers, armed with guns and wearing all black clothing, took unspecified property from the victims. One of those two people was struck, possibly by a handgun, an LAPD spokesperson said. The intruders fled the scene in a vehicle. Detailed descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle were not immediately available.

Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Deadly Stabbing Of UCLA Student During 2015 Apartment Break-In
A judge sentenced a Fresno man to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for stabbing and killing a 21-year-old UCLA student during a break-in at her Westwood apartment in 2015, then setting the home ablaze exactly three years ago. A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury convicted Alberto Hinojosa Medina, 25, in May of first-degree murder for the Sept. 21, 2015, killing of Andrea DelVesco. They also found true the special circumstance of murder during the commission of burglary and convicted Medina of arson, cruelty to an animal and two counts of burglary. He showed little emotion as the judge informed him he would spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Man Sentenced In 2016 Murder Of Pregnant Girlfriend In Hollywood
A 42-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 75 years to life in prison for the 2016 murder of his pregnant girlfriend during a card game in Hollywood. In August, Philip Patrick Policarpio pleaded no contest to one count each of first-degree murder and first-degree murder of a fetus. He also admitted a gun allegation. Prosecutors said that on April 12, 2016, victim Lauren Olguin, who was about 17 weeks pregnant with Policarpio's child, was playing cards at a friend's apartment. Policarpio went to the apartment and an argument ensued between the two. Policarpio struck 32-year-old Olguin, placed a gun to her head and fatally shot her, prosecutors said.

How To Prevent Police Officers From Dying By Suicide
At the time of this recording session, 92 police officers in America have died by suicide. In Chicago, three officers died by suicide in the span of one month. In 2017 that number was 154, and in 2016 there were 138 verified instances in which an officer died by suicide. And these are just the officers we know about. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the warning signs for officers to watch out for of a colleague potentially approaching crisis, as well as available resources for officers to get the help they need.
PoliceOne Audio

Public Safety News

Firefighters Continue To Battle 3380 Acre Charlie Fire With 20% Containment
The Charlie Fire north of Castaic currently stands at 3,380 acres of charred brush, as 20 to 30 homes along San Francisquito Canyon Road remained evacuated and one firefighter suffered minor injuries, according to authorities. Cal Fire officials said it remains at 20 percent contained. Firefighters made progress fighting the blaze overnight, as temperatures dropped and humidity rose. The fire broke out on Charlie Canyon Road at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Joey Marron. The fire had scorched a few acres at the top of a ridge but was spreading, as the first firefighters arrived at 2:44 p.m. Saturday, Marron said.
FOX 11

Local Government News

LA City Council Votes In Favor Of Electric Scooter Ordinance
The Los Angeles City Council kept moving forward Friday on a framework of regulations for the dockless electric scooter industry, voting in favor of an ordinance that would create an official pilot program. The council's 10-1 vote in favor of the ordinance did not come as a surprise, as the heavy debate on the issue occurred earlier this month when its members hashed out the proposed guidelines for the ordinance and sent them to the Office of the City Attorney to be drafted. Councilman Paul Koretz, who has been raising concerns about the safety devices, was the lone vote in opposition to the program.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Wants Community ‘Benefits' Before Supporting Bullet Train Route Through Sun Valley, Pacoima, Sylmar
Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday he wanted to see jobs or other community benefits come out of the state high-speed rail authority's preferred route through the San Fernando Valley before he would support it. Garcetti said during a media briefing that he also is currently not against the route. “That path that they've picked is not one that I oppose,” he said. “But before I would be in favor of it, I want to make sure that the community gets the benefits that they should if that line comes to their neighborhood.”
Los Angeles Daily News


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