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July 8, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Georgia Deputy Murdered By Gunman, Manhunt In Progress
A manhunt is underway for the accomplices of a gunman who fatally shot a Hall County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) deputy on Sunday night. The suspects are believed to be armed and dangerous, the Gainesville Times reported. Descriptions of the unknown number of suspects were not available. The fatal shooting occurred just after 11 p.m., as deputies were trying to stop a stolen vehicle near Jesse Jewell Parkway and Highland Avenue, according to FOX News. The vehicle was believed to have been involved in a series of gun theft in the area over the weekend, the Gainesville Times reported. The driver refused to pull over, and eventually crashed. Deputies pursued the occupants on foot. Both the deputy and the gunman were hit during the shootout that ensued. The deputy was rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he died of his wounds. The shooter was transported to the hospital, and his condition has not been released, according to FOX News. Police are still searching for the gunman's accomplices. "The agency as a whole is taking it hard, as any law enforcement agency does when it loses an officer or deputy," HCSO Public Information Officer Derrick Booth said. “But no closure now with suspects still on the loose.”
Blue Lives Matter

Texas Deputy Dies While Responding To Stabbing
A 39-year-old Harris County Sheriff's deputy died Saturday morning after collapsing at the scene of a stabbing in northwest Harris County, the sheriff's office announced. Omar Diaz died at 8:22 a.m. after EMS officials took him to Northwest Hospital in Cypress and doctors were unable to revive him, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. "Deputy Diaz served his community with honor and distinction," Gonzalez said in a statement. "The entire Harris County Sheriff's Office family is grieved by the tragic loss of our brother." The incident occurred on the 7500 block of Stone Pine Lane, where sheriff's deputies responded to reports that a woman was stabbed multiple times in a home near Cypress Ridge High School. Diaz collapsed abruptly while laying out crime scene tape before regaining consciousness, Gonzalez said. He was coherent and able to speak with other deputies there, but fell out of consciousness again on the way to the hospital, the sheriff said.
Houston Chronicle

6 Arizona Police Officers Asked To Leave Starbucks By Barista After Making Customer ‘Feel Uncomfortable'
Six Arizona police officers were reportedly asked to leave a Starbucks on July 4 because they made a customer "feel uncomfortable." The Tempe Officers Association said the officers paid for drinks and stood together in the coffee shop when a barista approached them, according to KNXV. The barista told the officers they were making a customer "feel uncomfortable" and asked them to move out of the customer's sight - or to leave. The officers decided to leave. In a statement the Tempe Officers Association said: "This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019. We know this is not a national policy at Starbucks Corporate and we look forward to working collaboratively with them on this important dialogue."

3 Sought In Leimert Park Shooting That Left 30-Year-Old Man Dead
Investigators are looking for three male individuals in connection with an early Sunday shooting that left a 30-year-old man dead near businesses in Leimert Park. The Los Angeles Police Department received a call about the incident on Crenshaw Boulevard and 43rd Street in the South L.A. just after 1 a.m., Officer Gonzalez told KTLA. The victim, only described as a 30-year-old man, was shot multiple times after three people approached him, Gonzalez said. The L.A. Fire Department responded to the scene and pronounced him dead. Footage from the scene showed officers assessing a silver sedan with its driver-side window shattered. What appeared to be the victim's body lay covered in cloth in a parking lot, video showed. A number of businesses, including a fast-food restaurant and a convenience store, are located nearby.

Brother Of Slain Rapper Shot To Death On Gramercy Park Sidewalk
A man shot to death in front of a Gramercy Park smoke shop has been identified as the brother of slain rapper Kid Cali. The shooting was reported at 11:44 p.m. Friday at 98th Street and Western Avenue, Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section said. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and the shooting was believed gang related, he said. The victim was identified as Miles Lishey, 31, of Inglewood, coroner's Lt. David Smith said. Witnesses at the scene told City News Service the smoke shop is named Smoke and Vape and that its operator, Miles Lishey, was the younger brother of rapper Justin Lishey professionally known as Kid Cali or Cali OSo. Kid Cali was shot to death Aug. 20, 2016 at a pool party in Granada Hills. He was 30. Kenny Birdine, 22, was convicted last Oct. 31 of first-degree murder for killing Justin Lishey and the jury found true allegations that he used a handgun in the killing and committed the crime in association with a criminal street gang, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said.

LAPD Wants To Permanently Add Drones To Arsenal, Expand Their Use
The Los Angeles Police Department wants to permanently add drones to its arsenal and expand the use of the airborne devices to its bomb squad and hazardous materials unit and when officers use warrants to apprehend dangerous suspects. The request comes two years after the five-member civilian Police Commission approved strict guidelines for police to use the remote-controlled devices in dangerous situations such as a barricaded suspect, active shooter or explosive device. The commission will consider the request on Tuesday. If it's approved, Police Chief Michel Moore said, the department will provide annual reports on the program. Since January, SWAT officers received permission from top commanders to deploy the drone cameras in six incidents, but officers only used them in four cases, Moore wrote in a memo to police commissioners. 

Psychiatric Evaluation Ordered For Woman Suspected In Valley Village Hit-and-Run Death Of Holocaust Survivor
Doubt was declared Friday about the mental competency of a woman accused of fatally striking a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor with a pickup truck in Valley Village and fleeing the scene last month. Criminal proceedings were suspended for Joyce Bernann McKinney pending a psychiatric evaluation later this month, according to Paul Eakins of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. McKinney, 68, was charged Tuesday with one felony count each of hit-and-run driving resulting in death, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and assault with a deadly weapon — an automobile, along with an allegation that she inflicted great bodily injury on a victim 70 or older, according to the District Attorney's Office. The charges — which carry a potential 11-year prison sentence — stem from the death of Gennady Bolotsky, who was walking his dog around 5:35 a.m. June 17 when a pickup truck hit him inside a marked crosswalk on Wilkinson Avenue at Magnolia Boulevard. The motorist fled the scene. Bolotsky, who had celebrated his birthday two weeks earlier, was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Arrested In Death Of Pedestrian On 5 Freeway In Pacoima; Hit-and-Run Driver Still Sought
A Los Angeles man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder in the death of a pedestrian on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway, authorities said. Officers responded at 4:25 a.m. to the crash scene near the Osborne Street exit and located the victim down in the No. 3 lane, the California Highway Patrol said. A witness driving on that side of the freeway saw a vehicle strike the pedestrian, the CHP said. Two good Samaritans, both men, stopped their vehicles on the right shoulder after they saw the pedestrian lying in freeway traffic lanes, the CHP said. While standing on the right shoulder, the two men were struck by an unknown motor vehicle that fled the scene, the CHP said in a statement. The would-be helpers were hospitalized for treatment of their injuries not detailed in the CHP statement. The driver who struck the pedestrian remained at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of murder, the CHP said. He is identified as Kevin Deshaun Jones, 39, of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Daily News

DUI Arrests Up During July Fourth Holiday, CHP Says
The California Highway Patrol arrested 81 motorists for suspicion of drunk driving in San Diego County over the holiday period, officials said Sunday. While there were no fatalities on county freeways this year, the CHP said 24 people were killed in California during the extended July Fourth holiday weekend, from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Sunday. The arrests for suspicion of DUI in the county increased by 47 over last year's holiday period. Statewide, three motorcycle deaths occurred and three pedestrians were killed  in the CHP's jurisdiction. This year there were 24 driving fatalities in California, as reported by all law enforcement agencies. There were 17 last year. The 1,204 arrests statewide by CHP officers for suspicion of DUI was up from 389 last year. The CHP only tracks DUI arrests made by its own officers.
FOX 5 San Diego

California Crime Reports Show Killings, Youth Violence Fall Again In 2018
California homicides fell for the second straight year in 2018, after a short-lived but disturbing spike that aligned with nationwide trends. Data released this week by the California Department of Justice found that killings dropped by 4.9% between 2017 and 2018, from 1,829 to 1,739. The decrease continues a downward trend over the past decade, save for a bump in 2015 and 2016 that confounded researchers. The same report also showed continued declines in juvenile crime in California. “This is roughly consistent with the crime decline in the last 30 years leveling out,” said Robert Weisberg, a Stanford law professor and co-director of the school's Criminal Justice Center. “The best thing about it isn't that it went down, but that it didn't go up.” Criminal justice experts caution against attributing any drop in crime figures to a single policy or incident. Small peaks and valleys are common with annual data-keeping, and it's rare for any two years to remain exactly the same. Long-term trends are a different story.
San Francisco Chronicle

Gun Offenders More Likely To Commit Crime Again, Says Study
Dennis Wallace Haggerty is not supposed to have guns. His felony convictions — assault with a firearm and shooting at an unoccupied dwelling — terminated that constitutional right. Yet when parole agents with an arrest warrant searched his girlfriend's Spring Valley home in May, they found a loaded pistol in a closet and an AR-15-style gun in her SUV, which he'd allegedly borrowed the night before, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His re-arrest — for now on a parole violation — follows a pattern linking gun offenders to a high rate of recidivism. A study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission released last month reported more than two-thirds — 68 percent — of federal gun offenders were re-arrested within eight years of being released from prison, compared to less than half — 46 percent — of non-firearm offenders. The research also found that the re-arrests happened at a quicker rate than non-gun offenders, and for more serious crimes.
San Diego Union Tribune

Public Safety News

LA City And County Firefighters Help Stop Bell Canyon Brush Fire
Los Angeles city and county firefighters assisted the Ventura County Fire Department in stopping a small brush fire that charred about three acres of grass Thursday in the Bell Canyon area of Ventura County. The fire that broke out at 14 Bronco Lane was reported at 2:54 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. LA County firefighters set up on Bronco Lane to help stop the brush fire. One firefighter was sent to a hospital with a leg injury. City firefighters set up at 179 W. Bell Canyon Road, where they established a structural defense for two homes and defended them from burning. 
Los Angeles Daily News

LAFD Sends Urban Search And Rescue Team To Ridgecrest
Firefighters and equipment from the Los Angeles city and country fire departments are in the Ridgecrest area assisting with cleanup and recovery efforts following back-to-back earthquake, officials said. The Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed a heavily equipped Los Angeles Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team to Ridgecrest, authorities said Saturday. The eight specially trained and equipped LAFD responders will work with other agencies in a multi-disciplinary approach to all hazards, the department's Brian Humphrey said. "These veteran LAFD responders are proud emissaries of the people of Los Angeles, and eager to leverage considerable skill in helping the people of Kern County," Humphrey said. The team will fulfill a key role in assessing damage to homes and businesses and support any emergency or rescue operations that may arise, Humphrey said.
FOX 11

Southern California On High Earthquake Alert, Bringing Anxiety And Preparation
The seismic one-two combo that hit Southern California last week left residents particularly unnerved because it robbed them of the single bit of solace that normally comes with a big quake: the sense that the worst is over. After the 6.4 magnitude quake hit near Ridgecrest on Thursday, many expected aftershocks that would gradually decrease in strength and frequency. They'd been through it before, in Northridge, Sylmar and Whittier. But when a much larger 7.1 magnitude temblor struck Friday night, the shock quickly gave way to a newfound dread: What's next? Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones announced an 8% to 9% chance of an even bigger rupture coming within hours and days. Psyches spun out from Las Vegas to Long Beach, even as the risk was reduced to 3% by Saturday afternoon. The good news: Many decided it was finally time to get prepared.
Los Angeles Times

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