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April 23, 2019
Law Enforcement News

California Police Promote Measure To Limit Fatal Shootings
Round two gets underway Tuesday in California's fight over how best to limit fatal shootings by police through nation-leading reforms. State legislators are debating a measure that proponents said would set a national precedent by creating statewide guidelines on when officers can use lethal force and requiring that every officer be trained in ways to avoid opening fire. California Police Chiefs Association president Ron Lawrence said the bill incorporates best practices from around the country. Aside from the use-of-force policies and training, it would require that the policies be public and set standards for reporting uses of force. It requires officers to provide medical aid to injured suspects and to report and stop any excessive force they see used by other officers. The training includes how to better respond to mental health crisis situations that Protect California President Robert Harris said account for nearly 25% of all fatal officer-involved shootings. Law enforcement groups formed the nonprofit to promote their alternative to changing the legal standard on using force. 
Houston Chronicle

LAPD Records Drop In Shootings By Officers
The use of deadly force by Los Angeles police and the number of suspects killed in violent encounters dropped in 2018, officials reported Tuesday. Los Angeles police officers fired their weapons 33 times last year compared with 44 shootings the previous year — a 25% decrease, according to the report presented to the Police Commission. It's the second-fewest incidences of police shootings since 1989, the report said. Of the 33 shootings, 24 people were hit by gunfire. The 14 people who died represented a slight drop from 17 the previous year. Fatal shootings have fallen each year since officers killed 21 people in 2015, the department said. Of those fatally shot, eight were Latinos, one was white and the ethnicity of one person was not listed. Four African Americans were fatally shot in officer-involved incidents last year, but two of those deaths were from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, the report said.
Los Angeles Times

LEO Responding To Domestic Call Ambushed By Gunman, Manhunt Underway
A search is underway for a gunman who ambushed a police officer early Monday at a DeKalb County apartment complex, according to Channel 2 Action News. The officer was called just after midnight to investigate a domestic dispute at the Wesley Club Apartments off Wesley Chapel Road. A woman met him outside the 600 building. When he went inside the apartment to speak with a man involved, the man started shooting, Channel 2 reported. The officer was not injured, DeKalb police Maj. D.L Jordan told the news station. Jordan called the incident very disturbing and “clearly avoidable.” “This male definitely tried to kill one of our officers,” he said from the scene. “This officer is very fortunate and we just thank God, with his experience and God watching him, this (officer) was able to go home tonight. We're all very fortunate of that.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Man Dies After Being Shot In The Head In South L.A.

A gunman was at large after a man was shot dead on the street in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of South Los Angeles Monday, police said. The victim was standing outside a residential complex at 7427 S. Figueroa St. when the shooter drove up and discharged rounds from a handgun around 6:50 p.m., L.A. Police Officer Jeff Lee said. The victim, a black man in his 50s, was struck in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Lee said. The suspect, also a black man in his 50s, fled the scene in an unknown direction, officials said. The only suspect description available was that the man was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt. Lee said the killing appears to be gang-related.

Man Rushed To Hospital After Being Shot In Granada Hills Neighborhood
Police investigated a shooting in Granada Hills Monday evening that left a man in his 40s injured. The incident happened in the 16800 block of Chatsworth Street shortly before 8 p.m. The victim was rushed to the hospital where his condition remains unknown. Aerial video from the SkyFox helicopter showed several police officers inspecting a black sedan with what appeared to be bullet holes on the driver's side, while Los Angeles firefighters cleaned up clothing and fabrics. Authorities did not immediately release additional information. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department. This story will be updated when new information becomes available.
FOX 11

Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves 1 Dead In Harbor Gateway
One person was killed in an officer-involved shooting that stemmed from a family dispute in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood Monday morning. Los Angeles police responded to the intersection of Figueroa Street and Gardena Boulevard after the shooting occurred at about 6:30 a.m. Police said they were called to the scene after reports of a suspect armed with a gun, who had already fired shots inside and outside of his home. The suspect shot at two responding officers, striking the passenger's side door of their cruiser, according to authorities. At least one of those officers returned fire, fatally shooting the suspect. "We're just fortunate this morning that no one else was injured," LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar said. "This was a volatile situation that started with this family dispute and then officers confronted a man who may have been set on murdering them." 

LAPD Looks For Tattooed Pickup Driver In Northridge Road-Rage Shooting
Authorities on Monday released security images of a pickup truck driven by a suspect wanted for a road rage shooting that left a motorist critically wounded. The shooting occurred about 8:35 a.m. March 25 on Haskell Avenue south of Parthenia Street, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The road-rage incident began a short time earlier on the southbound 405 Freeway, and the victim exited the freeway at Nordhoff Street, the LAPD reported. “The suspect followed the victim, who pulled to the curb on Haskell Avenue,” according to an LAPD statement. “The suspect pulled behind, then alongside the stopped victim and shot the victim multiple times. The suspect fled the location in his vehicle, and the victim was hospitalized for the gunshot wounds.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Charged With Trying To Kill His 8-Month-Old Son In Vacant L.A. Apartment
Attempted murder and child abuse charges were filed Monday against a Tennessee man accused of trying to kill his 8-month-old son last week in a vacant Los Angeles apartment. Michael Freeman, 29, faces up to life in prison if convicted of attempted murder and child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors are recommending that the defendant be held without bail. Court officials said Freeman refused to leave his cell Monday morning to be brought to court for arraignment, which is now scheduled for Tuesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

West Hollywood Man Pleads No Contest In Ax Attack
A 43-year-old man pleaded no contest Monday to attacking another man with an ax outside a 7-Eleven store in West Hollywood in 2017. Kisu Brown, who has been jailed in lieu of $1.1 million bail since his arrest, pleaded to one count of attempted voluntary manslaughter. He also admitted inflicting great bodily injury on the victim during the commission of the crime and using an ax as a deadly and dangerous weapon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Brown is set to be sentenced Aug. 29. The attack took place about 4 a.m. Sept. 2, 2017, just outside the convenience store in the 7900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, near Fairfax Avenue. The victim had just offered to pay for some items after Brown was confronted for shoplifting the goods, authorities said. NBC 4

Man Pleads Guilty To $5 Million L.A.-Based Ponzi Scheme
A Canadian national pleaded guilty Monday to posing as a thriving sports drink entrepreneur in order to dupe investors out of about $5 million while living at the lavish Ritz-Carlton Residences in downtown Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer set an Aug. 12 sentencing date for Khemraj Dave Hardat, who pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud, each carrying a possible maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors are recommending that Hardat be sentenced to no more than six years and eight months behind bars. The 50-year-old dfendant has also agreed to pay $4.1 million in restitution, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam P. Schleifer. Hardat, who has been living in the Los Angeles area for 10 years on an expired tourist visa, was arrested in November and ordered to remain behind bars pending trial.

San Francisco Teams Up With Uber, Location Tracker On 911 Call Responses
An ambulance racing toward a single-room occupancy hotel in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood wouldn't have known where to go in October 2018 had it not been for a ping from a smartphone. The caller had just fallen down a stairwell inside the SRO hotel and the only location the person could provide was a nearby auto body shop, said Robert Smuts, a deputy director for San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management. But with new location technology, a dispatcher entered the victim's cell phone number into a real-time location tracking program called RapidSOS, shrinking the search area from what would have been an eight-block radius to a specific building on the 100 block of Turk Street. “The enhanced location data gave us a smaller radius of uncertainty, and the radius touched on just two city buildings,” Smuts said.
San Francisco Chronicle

Public Safety News

Small Brush Fire Near Bel-Air Believed To Be Arson
Arson may be to blame for a small brush fire that forced crews to make water drops along the 405 freeway Sunday afternoon. But the fire stirred some frightening memories for people who live in the area. The fire started at about 1:30 pm and charred about a quarter acre of grass. No one was injured. Investigators say it was arson and believe they have the person who started it in custody. Firefighters extinguished Sunday's brush fire in about a half hour. Bel-Air neighbors were so grateful they could enjoy Easter with their families peacefully. "I hope that this problem is going to be resolved fast and furious and the city of LA is going to get ahold of it," says Arian.
FOX 11

Measles Cases Investigated By L.A. County Public Health Officials
Los Angeles County public health officials said Monday that they're investigating a measles cluster after reports of residents acquiring the vaccine-preventable virus. Over the past few weeks, L.A. County has four confirmed measles cases linked to one another after international travel, and an additional single case of measles after international travel. These numbers exclude Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments. These five cases are the first measles incidents confirmed by the L.A. County Department of Public Health among L.A. County residents and the first cases of transmission within L.A. County in 2019. These cases are unrelated to the four non-resident cases that traveled through the county earlier this year. The majority of the cases occurred in people who had not been vaccinated, according to the health department. 
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

L.A. Will Have To Stretch Funds To Meet Goal Of Building 10,000 Houses For Homeless In 10 Years
In 2016, Los Angeles voters approved a $1.2-billion bond measure to help fund housing for homeless people, with a goal of 10,000 new units in a decade. Now, after hustling to get as many housing projects started as soon as possible, city officials are coming to the end of the money available through Proposition HHH, and it's not certain that promise will be kept. The city has committed two-thirds of the bond to secure a little more than half the units the measure was intended to subsidize. The new challenge will be figuring out how to stretch the remaining funds to make up the difference. It's far from a sure thing.

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