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April 5, 2019
Law Enforcement News

2 Georgia Officers Shot, In Serious Condition; Suspect Barricaded In Home
Two Henry County police officers were shot Thursday morning and a suspected gunman has barricaded himself inside a Stockbridge home, police said. Officers responded to a home along Eagle Way about 10:45 a.m. Henry police Capt. Joey Smith said “another potential civilian victim” was inside the home, but he could not confirm their condition. Channel 2 Action News is reporting that at least one person is dead inside the home. The two officers were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in serious condition, police said, one by ground and one by air.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Louisiana Officer Shot, In Stable Condition; Suspect At Large
Police are searching for a suspect who shot an officer Wednesday night during a traffic stop. According to KLFY, the suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Nahshon Ishmael Brooks. The officer, only identified as female, is in stable condition after suffering a collapsed lung. State Police spokesman Thomas Gossen said Brooks should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 911 immediately.

Nipsey Hussle Was One Victim Among Many As South L.A. Violence Takes Its Toll
As storm after storm dumped rain on Los Angeles, the streets grew quiet. Like most everyone else, criminals retreated indoors. This spring, with the end of the plentiful rains, violence bloomed along with the wildflowers. The famed rapper Nipsey Hussle was just one of many casualties as Angelenos emerged into the sunshine and scores were finally settled. Compared with the calm at the beginning of the year, the recent rise in homicides and shootings was more of a return to an unfortunate norm than anything out of the ordinary — a steady drumbeat of death and injury primarily afflicting black and Latino men in the poorest parts of the city. Hussle's fatal shooting brought profound grief, along with a sense of hopelessness.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Releases Info On Man And Woman Sought In Dodger Stadium Attack; No Arrests Made
Los Angeles police on Thursday gave descriptions of two people sought in the case of a baseball fan who suffered critical injuries in an attack at Dodger Stadium. No arrests have been made, but police are actively seeking a man and a woman in the case. Rafael Reyna, 47, is currently in a coma, in critical but stable condition after he suffered a skull fracture in a fall after being struck following a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 29. Reyna's wife said she was on the phone with Rafael when he got into an altercation with someone in the parking lot. Police gave information gleaned from speaking with a witness. Police are searching for a Hispanic man, believed to be in his mid 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and about 150 pounds. The man was clean-shaven, wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a blue Dodgers cap. Police are also seeking a Hispanic woman, believed to be in her 20s, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and about 110 pounds, with a thin build. She has long black hair, and was wearing a white Dodgers jersey and short blue jean shorts.

Nipsey Hussle Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charges
The man accused of gunning down rapper Nipsey Hussle made his first court appearance Thursday, April 4, after he was charged with Hussle's murder and the attempted murders of two others in a South Los Angeles shooting. Eric Ronald Holder Jr., 29, was arrested Tuesday outside a mental health facility in Bellflower, just two days after police said he opened fire on Hussle and two other men who were standing in the parking lot of a Slauson Avenue strip mall Hussle owned. Standing in a glass enclosure behind his attorney, Holder appeared Thursday afternoon in a blue jail jumpsuit. The District Attorney's Office charged him with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He pleaded not guilty.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Sideswipes Cars In Dramatic Chase Through Hollywood Before His Arrest
A hit-and-run suspect fled from LAPD officers through the streets of Hollywood, sideswiping cars and taking multiple evasive maneuvers to avoid attempts at stopping him. He was finally caught after officers managed to pin him in against a parked truck and order him out of the vehicle at gunpoint. The chase started as officers witnessed a collision and the driver of the four-door Prius refused to stop at the scene and they gave chase. The driver sideswiped vehicles and avoided several attempted PIT maneuvers in the chase over surface streets. The Prius had substantial visible damage, including body panels hanging off the side as it continued to flee. At one point the car hit a parked vehicle as a woman was getting out. She quickly reached into the passenger side and pulled out a small child as she saw the police vehicles approach the suspect. 

Driver Of Suspected Stolen Mercedes-Benz Leads Police On Chase, Evades Arrest

The driver of a suspected stolen Mercedes-Benz led authorities on an hourlong chase from near downtown Los Angeles to Santa Fe Springs Thursday evening then back to downtown Los Angeles, where police called off the chase. Los Angeles police began tracking the vehicle around 8 p.m. near downtown Los Angeles. Police turned the pursuit over to the California Highway Patrol when the suspect headed south on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, exited in the Santa Fe Springs area and got on the northbound Golden State Freeway. At times during the high-speed chase, the driver weaved in and out of traffic on the freeway and turned off the vehicle's headlights, ABC7 reported.

Police Investigate Suspicious Package In Beverly Hills
Police investigated a suspicious package found in a Beverly Hills alley Thursday evening. Officers were called to the 300 block of Spalding Drive shortly before 6:30 p.m. along with the Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department. A perimeter has been set up and evacuations have been issued for the immediate area. The public is asked to avoid the area until further notice. 
FOX 11

Convictions Of Two Upheld For Killings Of Pregnant Woman, Her Unborn Son
A state appellate court panel Thursday upheld the convictions of two men for the contract killings of a pregnant woman and her unborn son outside her Hawthorne apartment in 2001. The three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense's contention that there were errors in the Los Angeles Superior Court trial of Derek Paul Smyer and Skyler Moore. Smyer — whom prosecutors said arranged the contract killing — was convicted of first-degree murder for the unborn baby's death and second-degree murder for the Sept. 25, 2001, killing of his girlfriend, Crystal Taylor, who had rebuffed his demand that she get an abortion.

3 SoCal Women Charged In $6 Million Food Stamps-For-Cash Scam
Three Southern California women are among 17 people charged in a food stamps-for-cash scam that allegedly defrauded the federal government out of an estimated $6 million, authorities said. Maria Teresa Ramirez, the 37-year-old owner of convenience stores in Palmdale and the unincorporated community of Littlerock, was charged with eight counts of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced this week. Maria Magdalena Salgado, who is Ramirez's 54-year-old mother and also owned a convenience store in Palmdale, faces seven counts of SNAP fraud. Yessica Raquel Garay, 37, faces two counts of SNAP fraud. Garay worked for Ramirez at her Palmdale store before taking over the business, authorities said.
FOX 11

Talking openly about police suicide is an important and long-overdue first step
This week, there was an extraordinary gathering in an auditorium on the ground floor of the New York Police Department headquarters in Lower Manhattan. In that one room sat more than 300 police chiefs and other law enforcement officials from across the country and as far away as Australia and Northern Ireland. They were there to discuss a leading cop killer: suicide. For eight hours, they took a raw and honest look at both the forces that drive officers to this most desperate of acts and the dilemmas they face in dealing with it.
Washington Post

Local Government News

LA Committee Backs $3 Million In State Funds For Sylmar Armory Homeless Shelter
A year-round, women's homeless shelter in Sylmar took a step forward Wednesday, with Los Angeles City Council's Homelessness and Poverty Committee backing a total of $3 million in state funds for the project. The funding, which comes out of a $85 million state Homeless Emergency Aid Program grant to the city, is being earmarked for a Los Angeles County plan to lease the Sylmar Armory from the State of California's National Guard and use it to provide 85-beds of homeless women. The $3 million, which is being considered next by the full, 15-member council, would go toward the operating costs of the Sylmar Armory for two years. It would be added to another $723,000 in city funds for a total of $3.7 million for the project.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Seeks Funding Solutions For Road, Sidewalk Repairs Ahead Of 2028 Olympics
The L.A. City Council Wednesday unanimously approved a motion to actively explore ways to fund major repair work in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics. The motion, which was proposed back in February 2018 by Councilmember Joe Buscaino and former councilmember Mitch Englander, directs L.A.'s Chief Legislative Analyst and City Administrative Officer to report back with options for how to fund “crucial street and sidewalk infrastructure improvements.” The motion cites recent statistics which found that nearly 40 percent of L.A.'s streets have a D or F rating, while 8,700 miles of streets need repairs.

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