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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

May 28, 2019
Law Enforcement News

There Have Been More Attacks On LAPD Officers Over Last 2 Years, As They Use New Tactics Meant To Calm Situations
When Los Angeles police officers arrived at a darkened home on Telfair Avenue in Pacoima last May for a report of a stabbing, they found 29-year-old Bryan Rodriguez waiting for them in the driveway. Before even approaching Rodriguez, a supervisor for the officers calmly assigned each to a task. “See if you can get a little angle on him here, behind the wall, so you can see his hands,” the supervisor can be heard telling one officer in body-camera video published to LAPD's YouTube channel. He continued down the line: “You're lethal,” the supervisor said to another officer, instructing him to shoot Rodriguez, if necessary. “You got beanbag, OK? You're gonna be Taser, OK? What happened next shows LAPD's new tactics meant to reduce officer-involved shootings. For nearly an hour, the team of at least 10 officers took things slow, as Rodriguez moved around the house's property, first in the front yard, then on the roof, then in the backyard. In that time, he pelted police with chairs, bricks and broken pots. None were seriously injured. Eventually, one officer did shoot Rodriguez to death as he approached him with a pickax.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Found Guilty In Officer's 2010 Fatal Shooting
A man who bragged about killing an off-duty Chicago police officer during an armed robbery was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder. Antwon Carter, flanked by sheriff's deputies, shuffled calmly out of Cook County Circuit Court after he was convicted of the 2010 murder of Officer Michael Bailey. Bailey, 62, was wiping down an automobile he purchased ahead of a planned retirement, when he was shot three times during a shootout with Carter. Bailey was wearing a baseball jersey over his uniform at the time. He had just finished a shift on then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's security detail. In closing arguments Thursday, Assistant State's Attorney Natosha Toller held up the blood-stained uniform shirt Bailey was wearing the morning he was killed. "The wounds show that the gunshots pierced through his uniform shirt above the jersey" that Bailey wore over his blue top after finishing his shift.
Associated Press

LAPD Releases New Video Of Shooting Of Police Officer
The Los Angeles Police Department released video of an LAPD gun battle captured on dramatic body cam video as a suspect opens fire on a police officer. The newly released video shows a Newton-area officer being shot while chasing down a fleeing suspect. It all began on April 20 at about 9:20 p.m. when officers assigned to the Newton Gang Enforcement Detail saw a vehicle that blew past a stop sign and tried pulling the driver over. The officers followed the driver to a housing complex in the area of 51st Street, west of Holmes Avenue. That's where the driver exited the car and took off on foot with officers giving chase through the housing complex. During the foot pursuit, a second man, seen in the newly released video, approached the officers and opened fire. The officer was hit by gunfire and immediately shot back at the suspect who fell down on the ground. Both received medical attention, police said.
FOX 11

LAPD Arrests Suspect In Connection With Double-Homicide At Shadow Ranch Park In West Hills
Authorities arrested a man Friday who is suspected in the shooting deaths of two men on a sports field at Shadow Ranch Park, which is near a number of schools and Fallbrook Mall in West Hills. The suspect, Ryan Conrad, 31, of North Hollywood was arrested on suspicion of murder in Torrance at about 5 p.m., said Los Angeles police Detective Dave Peteque. Police had held a press conference Friday afternoon, seeking help from the public to locate the suspect. Within hours, a suspect was in handcuffs, though it was not immediately clear what led police to Conrad. The shooting was reported about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at the park on the 22600 block of Vanowen Street, said Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison. An argument in the parking lot preceded the gunfire, based on accounts from witnesses who were at the park. Police said the suspect and victims were known to one another. A motive for the shooting remained unknown.
Los Angeles Daily News

Shooting Suspect Dead, Possibly From Self-Inflicted Gunshot, After Standoff In Culver City
A suspect in a shooting is dead, possibly from a self-inflicted gunshot, after a lengthy standoff in Culver City. The incident started with a shooting around 5 a.m. on Flower Court, west of Lincoln Boulevard in Mar Vista, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Paramedics rushed the shooting victim in stable condition to an area hospital. The investigation led police to Inglewood and West Washington boulevards in the Culver City area, where the suspect was barricaded inside a motel. A large police presence responded, including a helicopter and SWAT team. Officers heard a single shot inside the motel room. The SWAT team entered the location and found the suspect dead. Police believe the suspect was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but will wait for the coroner to make the official determination.

Murder Suspect Breaks Into Del Rey Home Following Wild Pursuit, Crash
A suspect involved in a downtown Los Angeles double-shooting late Monday night lead officers on a pursuit to Del Rey before crashing his car and then breaking into a home where a family was asleep inside. Police have surrounded the Del Rey home where they believe the suspect may still be barricaded inside as of 5:30 a.m. Meanwhile, one man was shot dead and a second has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds. The incident began just before midnight, when L.A. police responded to a report of shots fired at East 6th Street and Los Angeles Street in downtown L.A., where they found a victim with gunshot wounds. He died at the scene. As they were responding, they located a black sedan speeding away from the area, prompting a pursuit. The pursuit wound its way onto the 105 and 405 freeways, before the suspect vehicle exited the 405 Freeway in Culver City and eventually crashed at Braddock Drive and Berryman Avenue before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Suspect With Rifle Wounded In Harbor City Police Shooting: LAPD
Police shot and wounded a rifle-wielding suspect in Harbor City late Monday, officials said. The officer-involved shooting about 9:30 p.m. in a residential neighborhood just north of Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. Gang officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division were responding to a report of gunfire heard when they spotted a suspect, initially described only as male, at 253rd Street and Petroleum Avenue, the LAPD said in a written statement issued via social media. “The officers ordered the suspect to drop the rifle and at some point an officer-involved shooting occurred,” according to the statement. “The suspect fled on foot, but was quickly captured by responding Harbor Division patrol officers.” The suspect, who had been struck by gunfire, was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. An update on his condition was not available.

LAPD Debuts New Beach Patrol Bikes And Quads For Memorial Day Weekend
Beginning this Memorial Day weekend members of the Los Angeles Police Department's Venice Beach Task Force will begin patrolling the sands with a new fleet of ATVs, electric fat-tire sand bikes and quads. The new patrol vehicles were delivered this week after Police Chief Michel Moore requested the new fleet following an incident on Easter Sunday involving a LAPD patrol vehicle and a sunbather. The woman, who was sunbathing in the sand, was struck by the patrol vehicle and suffered serious injuries. Moore also requested existing LAPD trucks used to patrol beaches be equipped with enhanced safety features including forward cameras, beepers and better overhead lighting. According to the department, all officers who will be assigned to the task force will undergo and be certified in the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Sand Driving Course. LAPD is currently developing their own specific course unique to law enforcement safety sand driving.

Former Fugitive Pleads Not Guilty To Estranged Wife's Killing In Pacoima
A man extradited from El Salvador in connection with his estranged wife's stabbing death in Pacoima nine years ago pleaded has pleased not guilty to murder and torture charges. Napoleon Eduardo Castro — also known as Juan Flores, Luis Sanchez, “Trouble” and “Napo” — is charged with the torture killing of his estranged wife, Olga Martinez in her garage. The 43-year-old man could face a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the murder charge, which includes the special circumstance allegations of murder involving the infliction of torture and murder by means of lying in wait, along with the allegation that he used a knife in the commission of the crime.
Los Angeles Daily News

‘Cowboy Gun Bandits' Sentenced To Decades In Prison For 2013 String Of Robberies
A pair of masked gunmen known as the “Cowboy Gun Bandits,” who committed a string of armed robberies in Southern California with an Old West pistol, were sentenced last week to decades behind bars. Dominic Dorsey, 51, of Hollywood was sentenced Friday to 40 years in federal prison, and Reginald Bailey, 74, of the Jefferson Park neighborhood received 35 years. The men were also ordered by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder to pay a share of $58,700 in restitution. The duo were arrested in June 2014 and convicted in 2016 of 11 felony robbery and firearms counts. Dorsey and Bailey engaged in a 2013 string of crimes at gas stations and a bank in which they terrorized employees and customers and grabbed cash from registers. During the heists, one of the men wielded a long-barrel Colt six-shooter, which gave the pair their nickname. The revolver, believed to date from 1873, was never recovered. They were often clad in black and moved fast, never leaving traces of evidence that experts could analyze.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Sylmar Resident Rescued From Burning Apartment
Firefighters extinguished a fire in an apartment and part of a hallway on the first floor of a senior living facility in Sylmar on Sunday, May 26, and rescued one person from the unit. The blaze inside the three-story apartment building at 13115 N. Bromont Ave. was reported at 5:35 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. The fire was contained to the unit where it started but the flames heavily damaged the first-floor hallway, Stewart said. Firefighters set up blowers to clear out the smoke from the first floor. Meanwhile, residents remained sheltered in place. There was no immediate word on the condition, age or gender of the person firefighters rescued from the building. The department dispatched 33 firefighters to the scene and knocked down the flames in about 19 minutes, Stewart continued. The fire and its cause were under investigation.
Los Angeles Daily News

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