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April 29, 2019
Law Enforcement News

DA to seek death penalty for man in deputy's killing at Rancho Cordova auto parts store
Sacramento County prosecutors will seek the death penalty for accused cop killer Anton Lemon Paris in the September shooting death of a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy and the wounding of a second deputy at a Rancho Cordova auto parts store. Sacramento County district attorney's prosecutors announced their intent in a two-paragraph motion Friday morning before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman. Paris faces four counts in the Sept. 17 shooting that killed Deputy Mark Stasyuk, 27, and wounded his partner, Deputy Julie Robertson, 28, along with a store employee: felony murder, attempted murder and felon in possession of a firearm – a .40-caiiber handgun. Paris also faces a special allegation of killing a peace officer in the line of duty.
Sacramento Bee

Fallen Law Enforcement Officers to be Honored During 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 in Washington, DC
The names of 371 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall between 7th and 12th streets in Washington, DC, at 8:00 pm on Monday, May 13, 2019. U.S. Attorney General William Barr will deliver special remarks and lead in reading the names of the fallen officers. The names of 371 officers added to the Memorial this year include 158 who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2018, in addition to 213 officers who died earlier in history but whose sacrifice had not been previously documented.

Woman killed, 10-year-old girl shot in South LA; 2 suspects sought
A woman was fatally shot in the head and a 10-year-old girl was shot in her leg during a violent night in South Los Angeles. The shooting happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Friday near 60th and Hoover streets. The woman, who was in her 20s, was believed to have been shot in the back of the head while behind the wheel. The victim drove several blocks before dying in her car, police said. Los Angeles police said an armed pedestrian fired the gun. Police later detained at least one person in the shooting, believed to be gang-related. 

At Least 6 People Wounded in Cypress Park Shooting
At least six people were wounded when gunfire erupted in the Cypress Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on Saturday, authorities said. The shooting was reported about 7:15 p.m. in the area of San Fernando Road and Merced Street, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. One of the patients was critically injured, two were in serious condition and two suffered injuries described as not life-threatening, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. The condition of the sixth victim found at the scene was unclear.

LAPD: Two orphaned children are healthy and in DCFS care after 3 days trapped in Chatsworth home after murder-suicide
Two children trapped in a Chatsworth home for more than three days after their father shot and killed their mother before taking his own life remained in Department of Children and Family Services custody and are in good health, authorities said Tuesday. Investigators believe the shooting took place on the morning of April 18 around 6 a.m. For nearly four days, the children waited. They were rescued Sunday only after a concerned grandfather had phoned police. The father of the homeowner and suspected shooter was aware of his son's mental health issues, his depression and stress, said Detective Bob Dinlocker with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles Daily News

Off-Duty Sergeant Shoots at Suspect Who Fatally Wounded Man at Car Wash
A man was shot and killed Friday at a car wash and an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department sergeant patronizing the business opened fire on the suspect, who got away. The man died at the scene of the shooting that happened about 11:10 a.m. in the 10100 block of Vermont Avenue, near Century Boulevard, on the border of South Los Angeles and the unincorporated Westmont area, according to the sheriff's department, which was investigating along with the LAPD's Force Investigation Division.

Pacoima man charged with unsecured handguns in home after son makes threat at San Fernando high school
A crackdown on Los Angeles parents who fail to secure guns in their homes has ensnared a Pacoima man who was visited by school police officers in November after his son allegedly threatened to shoot another student at a high school in San Fernando. Albert Sanchez, 48, allowed Los Angeles School Police Department officers into his home after a parent at Cesar Chavez Academy told the principal that a ninth-grade student threatened her child on campus on Nov. 1, 2018. The principal then contacted school police. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Thursday that police found two handguns — a .357-caliber revolver and a .22 caliber pistol — in a bag inside a dresser at the Sanchez home. They also found a .22-caliber rifle underneath a mattress, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, according to Feuer.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD monitoring area synagogues after San Diego County shooting
The Los Angeles Police Department said Saturday that it has increased its presence around area synagogues and other places of worship after a deadly shooting in a San Diego county synagogue. “At this time there's no nexus to Los Angeles,” the LAPD tweeted Saturday afternoon. “But in an abundance of caution, we will conduct high visibility patrols around synagogues and other houses of worship.” Police said they were closely monitoring the shooting in Poway and “communicating with our local, state and federal partners.”
Los Angeles Times

Rabbi Says Gun 'Miraculously Jammed' in Synagogue Attack
In the minutes after the gunman fled the scene of a shooting that killed a woman inside a Southern California synagogue, a wounded Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein wrapped his bloodied hand in a prayer shawl, stood on a chair and addressed the panicked congregation, vowing to stay strong in the face of the deadly attack targeting his community. "We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall. We will not let anyone take us down. Terrorism like this will not take us down," Goldstein recalled telling his congregants after the gunfire erupted Saturday at Chabad of Poway.

DUI suspect crashes into North Hollywood auto dealership, sparking fire and damaging $150K BMW
A suspected drunk driver was in custody Wednesday morning, accused of crashing into a BMW dealership in North Hollywood and sparking a small fire inside the business. A woman driving a red Subaru northbound on the 4200 block of Lankershim Boulevard, near Valley Spring Lane, lost control of the vehicle around 2 a.m. and crashed into the dealership, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “The fire was small, in general, but smoke charged inside the building and set the sprinklers off,” Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Thomas Gikas told ABC7. “Some vehicles were damaged.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Vehicle Slams Into Venice Liquor Store After Driver Suffers ‘Medical Emergency': LAPD
A vehicle slammed into a Venice liquor store Sunday morning after the driver apparently suffered what police have described as a “medical emergency.” Officers were called to the scene at Day & Night Liquor & Market, located in the 1000 block of Venice Boulevard, at 11:13 a.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman. The driver appeared to have experienced a medical emergency that caused the crash, Eisenman said, though no other details about that incident have been released. He was transported to medical treatment after initially remaining at the scene and facing authorities.

‘Getting Worse, Not Better': Illegal Pot Market Booming in California Despite Legalization
In the forests of Northern California, raids by law enforcement officials continue to uncover illicit marijuana farms. In Southern California, hundreds of illegal delivery services and pot dispensaries, some of them registered as churches, serve a steady stream of customers. And in Mendocino County, north of San Francisco, the sheriff's office recently raided an illegal cannabis production facility that was processing 500 pounds of marijuana a day. It's been a little more than a year since California legalized marijuana — the largest such experiment in the United States — but law enforcement officials say the unlicensed, illegal market is still thriving and in some areas has even expanded.
New York Times

Law Enforcement Officer injured in Alton Sterling protests can sue organizer for negligence, court rules
A Baton Rouge police officer who was injured during a protest over Alton Sterling's death in 2016 can pursue a negligence claim against the protest's organizer, a federal appeals court ruled. The ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reverses a federal judge's earlier decision to toss the lawsuit. The officer, who filed suit under the name “John Doe,” alleged Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson was negligent for organizing and leading the Baton Rouge protestors to illegally block a public highway.

Police: Army vet drove into people thinking they were Muslim
An Iraq War veteran deliberately drove into a group of pedestrians because he thought some of the people were Muslim, California authorities said Friday. Isaiah Joel Peoples, 34, faces eight counts of attempted murder for injuring eight people, including four who remain hospitalized. The most seriously injured is a 13-year-old Sunnyvale girl of South Asian descent who is in a coma with severe brain trauma. “New evidence shows that the defendant intentionally targeted the victims based on their race and his belief that they were of the Muslim faith,” Sunnyvale police chief Phan Ngo said.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Firefighters distracted by politician requests during Woosley fire
Los Angeles Fire Department officials said their response to the massive Woolsey fire was complicated by requests from local politicians, according to a document reviewed by The Times. “A significant number of requests by political figures to check on specific addresses of homes to ensure their protection distracted from Department leadership to accomplish priority objectives,” according to the LAFD's after-action review on the Woolsey fire, which was the most destructive blaze in Los Angeles County's modern history.
Los Angeles Times

San Pedro home explodes after natural gas leak, no injuries reported
An apartment blew up in San Pedro apparently linked to a natural gas leak. No injuries were reported. Firefighters responded to an explosion inside a two-story building on West 13th street near Averill Avenue. Los Angeles County Fire says the blast blew out a number of windows and significantly damaged one side of the building. 

Local Government News

Blumenfield goes biking and takes a crowd along with him in effort to show LA River, Reseda, Winnetka projects
L.A. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield went for a bike ride on Sunday — and a bunch of constituents rose along with him. His annual Community Bike Ride was nothing too competitive. It was just a nice pace through part of his district — namely a 10-mile ride through to and from his Reseda district office with a goal of highlighting planned L.A. River projects and Reseda and Winnetka bike bath projects.
Los Angeles Daily News

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