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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

February 15 , 2019
Law Enforcement News

Man Convicted In 2010 Killing Of Arizona Border Patrol Agent

One of the men linked to the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010 was convicted of murder Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes was a part of an armed five-person crew in search of drug smugglers to rob from Mexico into the United States before the fatal shooting, a U.S. Department of Justice news release said. He was convicted of: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to effect interstate commerce by robbery, attempted robbery, assault on four agents and carrying a firearm during a violent crime, the release said. Terry, 40, was part of the elite Border Patrol unit attempting to arrest the group north of Nogales, Arizona when shots rang out Dec. 14, 2010. A bullet from an AK-47 assault weapon struck Terry's spine severing his spinal cord and aorta. Agents were not able to save him.
The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

Sunnyvale Officer Hospitalized After Possible Fentanyl Exposure

A Sunnyvale police officer was in stable condition after he was overcome by possible fentanyl exposure while handling a suspect's drug package Wednesday night, authorities said. The accidental drug release prompted an overnight evacuation of Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety headquarters. Six other officers were taken to the hospital for a precautionary medical evaluation and released. Lt. Tracy Hern, vice president of the Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers' Association, said the close call was a reminder of the far-reaching effects of what public-health officials have deemed a national opioid epidemic. “One of our officers nearly lost his life simply for doing his job, getting illegal drugs off the street,” Hern said in a statement. “It's time our state and national leaders did more to shut down the endless pipeline of fentanyl being smuggled into our country from places like China. These drugs are literally poisoning our communities and putting officers at risk on a daily basis.”
Mercury News

2 LAPD Officers Injured In LA Crash

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were hospitalized Friday morning with injuries suffered in a crash in the Adams-Normandie section of Los Angeles. The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Western Avenue and 28th Street, but the circumstances of the crash or whether the officers were responding to a call were unknown, according to Officer Tony Im of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. The police vehicle crashed through the gate of a home and the two officers were freed from the wreckage by Los Angeles firefighters. One officer suffered a leg injury and the other was wearing a neck brace as they were placed into an ambulance and taken to a hospital, officials said. Their conditions were unknown.
FOX 11

Off-Duty LAPD Detective Critically Wounded In Skid Row Officer-Involved Shooting

A suspect and an off-duty police detective were both in critical condition following an incident in the skid row area of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, officials said. The violent confrontation took place around 3:30 a.m. in the area of Sixth and San Julian streets, L.A. police said in a news release. LAPD provided no information about what led up to the struggle or why the detective had made contact with the suspect. The agency also did not say whether the suspect was armed. At some point, an officer-involved shooting occurred, police said, without specifying who was struck. The detective was severely injured, and both individuals were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, according to LAPD.

Man Gunned Down In South L.A., Killers At Large

A man died in a shooting on a South Los Angeles street corner on Thursday evening, police said. The deadly shooting took place about 6:40 p.m. at the northeast corner of Normandie and Florence avenues, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im said. The victim, a man estimated to be in his 40s, was believed to be standing next to a vehicle and talking to someone when he was shot, Capt. Billie Brockway of the LAPD's South Bureau Homicide Division. Officers responded to reports of “shots fired” to find the victim lying wounded, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Brockway said. They performed CPR before paramedics ultimately pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Two suspects were seen fleeing the area, Im said. One wore a white hat and a white jacket, while the other was dressed in all-dark clothing. The motive was unclear, the captain said.

LAPD Investigating Shooting Outside Synagogue In Fairfax District

Authorities are investigating a shooting outside a synagogue in the 7600 block of Beverly Boulevard in the Fairfax District that injured one person Thursday afternoon. Officers located an armed security guard who was working at Etz Jacob Congregation and took him into custody after learning the guard had been involved in the shooting. He has been identified as 44-year-old Edduin Zelayagrunfeld. A 35-year-old victim identifying as a transgender woman suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was conscious and breathing when taken to the hospital, according to police. Video footage that appeared to show the shooting was live streamed on YouTube by user Furry Potato Live.
FOX 11

LAPD Brings Active Shooter Training To Reseda, Where A Community Learns To ‘Run, Hide, Fight'

Seconds count. They are often the difference between life and death. That's what Sgt. Kyle Campbell of the Los Angeles Police Department wants you to know if you find yourself in an active shooter or assailant situation. “If you're sticking around trying to figure out how this person is going to hurt you or kill you, you're losing time,” Campbell from the Operations-Valley Bureau said at a training for community members at Reseda Charter High School on Wednesday night. “Don't wait for the gunshot. Whatever the motivation or location….you have to do something.” Campbell, along with LAPD Officer Michael Briano, shared their expertise with more than 100 community members, including LAPD cadets and cadet recruits. The training, called “Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter” happened to be held a day before the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida that left 17 students and staff dead. Campbell noted that some mass shootings are over in four minutes — and most are over before police arrive on the scene.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect In Custody After Report Of Gunman Prompts Lockdown Of Netflix

A suspect was arrested Thursday afternoon after reports of a man with a gun at Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood, police said. Los Angeles police officers responded about 3:50 p.m. in the 5800 block of West Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, where Netflix and KTLA are housed at Sunset Bronson Studios, after a report of an armed man “ready to take action,” according to LAPD Officer Tony Im. A SWAT team was summoned and nearby buildings were placed on lockdown as authorities investigated. Sky9 was over the scene, where it appeared employees on the lot were being escorted out of buildings. The unidentified suspect was taken into custody at his home just before 5 p.m. and the lockdown was lifted. Police have not yet released information on injuries or if any shots were fired.

Gunman Robs Gas Station In Canoga Park

An armed man robbed a gas station in Canoga Park Friday morning. Police responded about 3:30 a.m. to the 6400 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, across the street from the Westfield Topanga Mall, and were told that a man had walked into the station, pulled out a gun and made off with an unknown amount of cash, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect left the store in an unknown direction, she said. A detailed description of the suspect was not immediately available. No injuries were reported.

Crime Amongst LA's Homeless Population Rises Again

The number of crimes reported to Los Angeles police that describe a homeless person as a suspect rose again in January, following a large statistical increase last year that officials said has yet to be fully explained. Los Angeles Police Department data obtained by the NBC4 I-Team showed 920 incident reports were filed by officers between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2019 that included that suspect description, a 29 percent increase over January 2018. The reports also showed homeless people were more often the victims of crimes, with a 22 percent increase reported during the same period. LAPD Commander Dominic Choi, who manages the department's response to homelessness, said the raw data is concerning, but explained there are reasons other than more crimes committed that account for a portion of the increases.

Public Safety News

2nd Day Of Rain Makes For Dangerous Driving Conditions Across SoCal

A Pacific storm that is bringing heavy rain to Southern California for a second day Thursday is also creating havoc for drivers, with flooded roads and sinkholes forcing closures across the region. Downpours of up to an inch of rain per hour have much of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties under flood advisories and other weather-related warnings throughout Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Multiple incidents were reported on Southland freeways and surface streets as the rain flooded the roadways.

Local Government News

L.A. City Council To Get Update On Rodents, Fleas At City Hall

With an outbreak of flea-borne typhus in the downtown area and a possible spike in the number of rodents and fleas in City Hall, the Los Angeles City Council is expected to get an update Friday on efforts to fight the problem of vermin inside the walls of the building. Staff from the General Services Department and the Personnel Departments are scheduled to verbally update the council on actions taken since last Friday, when the council approved a motion seeking options on combating the problem, which may include removing all of the carpets. At that meeting, Members of the Personnel and General Services departments told the council that they were already working on the rodent and flea problem and that a pest control vendor would inspect every floor of City Hall and City Hall East to identity and address any problems with fleas or rodents.


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