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April 22, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Gang Officer Stable After Being Shot Saturday Night
Police officers chasing a man in South Los Angeles late Saturday got into a brief gunfight with another man who appeared in their path armed with a gun, officials said. The shooting left one of the officers and the suspect injured, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. The officer was reported by officials to be stable Sunday after undergoing surgery at L.A. County-USC Medical Center. The suspect was also taken to a local hospital. Police did not immediately update his condition on Sunday. The foot chase started after LAPD officers with the Newton Area gang unit stopped a driver in the area of East 51st Avenue and West Long Beach Avenue at around 9:10 p.m., according to Lt. Meghan Aguilar, an LAPD spokeswoman. The driver got out and fled. The officers pursued him for about 100 to 150 yards. That's when they ran into the second man, LAPD said in a statement on Twitter. The officers saw that the man was armed with a gun, and the shooting occurred. Police recovered a firearm at the scene, Aguilar said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Search Continues For Second Suspect In Officer-Involved Shooting
The search continues Sunday morning for a man considered armed and dangerous who was one of two suspects in an officer-involved shooting that left a Los Angeles police gang officer and the second suspect wounded, authorities said. The officer, part of the Newton division gang enforcement unit, was said to be in stable condition following surgery and was with his family at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Los Angeles police told NBC4. The wounded suspect was also hospitalized, police said, and was reportedly in critical but stable condition. A citywide tactical alert was issued, keeping all officers on shift, and a perimeter was set up in the vicinity of 52nd Street and Long Beach Avenue.

Missouri Cop Killer Is Sentenced To Life In Prison

Elizabeth Snyder said she forgave Trenton Forster for killing her husband, a St. Louis County police officer and father of a young son, in 2016. “But that doesn't mean I forget,” Snyder said in court Thursday. “I will never forget what he has taken away from me and my son. I want (Forster) to remember what he has done and I want him to remember Blake's face every day of his life.” Then, Circuit Judge Kristine Kerr sentenced Forster, 20, of south St. Louis County, to life in prison without parole plus 27 more years. A jury in February found him guilty of charges of murdering St. Louis County police Officer Blake Snyder and shooting at Snyder's partner, Officer John Becker.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

L.A. Metro Cops Are In A Bind: Avoid Racial Profiling While Also Fighting Crime
After a Times investigation showing that Metro pulled over black drivers at a rate more than five times their share of the city's population, Mayor Eric Garcetti in early February ordered the LAPD to scale back on vehicle stops like this one. At Metro's Temple Street headquarters, the Times article and mayor's directive caused an uproar. Metro officers felt they were being maligned as racists for policing a part of the city where almost everyone is black or Latino. On the ground with Metro in South L.A., the realities are more complex than statistics can capture, with decisions about which drivers to stop shaped by years of experience with possible crime indicators, from the man walking up to a parked car to the paper license plates sometimes used to hide a car's origins. Last year, Metro officers seized more than 700 guns and made 576 gun arrests, mostly initiated through vehicle and pedestrian stops. Two-thirds of the suspects had prior arrests for assault, burglary, robbery or weapons, according to the LAPD.
Los Angeles Times

Man Shot, Killed In Downtown Los Angeles
A man was shot and killed early Monday morning in downtown Los Angeles. The shooting occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Los Angeles Street and 6 Street, police said. The man was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police do not have any suspect description. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.

Man In Custody After Allegedly Threatening Officers, Then Leading Them On Pursuit In South L.A.
A man is in custody after allegedly threatening police officers and then leading them on a pursuit that ended in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles Friday morning. The incident began when the unidentified man walked into a police station and threatened officers, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez said. The nature of the threat the man made at the police station was not immediately released. The man then fled the area in a vehicle with police initiating a pursuit. The chase ended near the intersection of East 77th Street and South Avalon Boulevard, but the man did not immediately exit his vehicle. After a brief standoff, the man got out of the car and surrendered to officers without further incident.

Police Search For Suspect Who Injured 4 People In South LA Shooting

Police are searching for a suspect who is on the run after injuring four people in a car-to-car shooting in South Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. LAPD responded to reports of a shooting just after 2:45 p.m. near Vermont and Florence Avenue where the victims called for help. The shooting took place a couple of blocks away at 75th and Hoover Street. Police say that the victims pulled to a stop in a Chrysler sedan when another car pulled up next to them and began shooting. Four people were inside of the Chrysler at the time of the shooting. The driver, front passenger, and a passenger in the back were all transported to the hospital and were said to be in stable condition. The other passenger in the back seat reportedly did not need medical attention.

LAPD Sends Officers To Local Places Of Worship After Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Bombings Kill Hundreds
Citing an abundance of caution, Los Angeles police appeared at local places of worship after eight Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people, including Americans. "Southern California residents are waking up this Easter Sunday morning to news of a violent terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, and while there is no nexus to Los Angeles at this time, the LAPD is monitoring the situation," the agency said in a tweet. "Several" U.S. citizens were killed in the blasts that destroyed churches and hotels in or near Sri Lanka's capital, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. The South Asian country's defense minister, Ruwan Wijewardena, described the bombings as a terrorist attack by religious extremists. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, seven suspects have been detained, the official said. Authorities believe most of the blasts were suicide attacks.

8 Hurt In Multi-Vehicle Crash In Winnetka; DUI Investigation Launched
Eight people were hurt, two of them seriously, in a multi-vehicle crash Sunday in Winnetka triggered by a driver fleeing a DUI traffic stop, authorities said. The crash was about 8:15 p.m. at 20500 W. Roscoe Blvd., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. A Los Angeles Police Department officer was attempting to pull over a vehicle for a possible DUI when “the vehicle took off, blew through a red light and crashed into three cars,” Sgt. M. Zaboski of the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division said. At least two of the victims had to be pulled from the wreckage by firefighters, Stewart said. The injured people were evaluated at the scene and a man and woman suffering serious injuries were sent to a hospital. Two others with non-life-threatening injuries also were hospitalized. The four remaining victims were treated at the scene and released, Stewart said. A DUI investigation was underway, Zaboski said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

Firefighters Rescue Up To 6 People From Burning Reseda Home
Firefighters rescued as many as six people from a burning home in Reseda early Sunday morning. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department said fire crews responded to the home in the 6800 block of N. Hesperia Avenue at 3:28 a.m. after a report of a large fire at a single-story home that trapped several people inside. Firefighters freed some of those stuck inside the burning building, said Maragaret Stewart, the LAFD spokeswoman. She did not know exactly how many needed to be rescued. There were six people total — five men in their 20s and a woman in her mid-40s — home when the fire broke out. Two of those rescued were transported to local hospitals for smoke inhalation, but both were “talking and fully alert,” Stewart said in a statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Planned Canoga Park Homeless Housing Facility Poised For Purchase As LA County Vote Draws Near
Los Angeles County leaders are on the cusp of purchasing a Canoga Park facility that aims to help homeless people move toward more permanent housing. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors plans to vote next week, April 23, on a motion filed by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, directing the county to finalize the purchase of a former mental-health facility at 7621 Canoga Ave. slated for homeless housing. The motion follows a vote by the Los Angeles City Council in March, approving funding for the bridge-housing project in the West Valley to help transition homeless people into more permanent housing. Last year, supervisors approved negotiations with property owner Gelb Enterprises for the 28,000-square-foot facility, which includes a one-story building with 16,000 square feet of office space. The site was formerly leased to the county's Department of Mental Health.
Los Angeles Daily News

Law Limiting Plastic Straw Use In LA Goes Into Effect On Earth Day
A "plastic straws on request" ordinance becomes law on Earth Day in Los Angeles, as part of the city's effort to reduce plastic waste. Starting Monday, restaurants with more than 26 employees, including drive-thrus, will have to comply with a rule of offering customers a plastic straw only if they ask for one. Last month, the LA City Council approved the ordinance, which expands a statewide law that applies only to sit-down restaurants. This ordinance was sparked by an LA Times editorial which stated that Americans waste up to 500 million plastic straws per day, which can end up in our beaches and waterways.

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