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July 17, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LEO Remains Hospitalized After Baltimore Clinic Shooting
Police say a sergeant who was shot during an incident at a Baltimore methadone clinic that left two people dead remains hospitalized. Baltimore police said in a statement Tuesday that 48-year-old Billy Shiflett is still being treated for a gunshot wound in his lower abdomen. Shiflett had responded to a clinic where police say a man had demanded methadone before opening fire on Monday morning . The man shot Shiflett before he was fatally wounded by police. Police identified the shooter as 49-year old Ashanti Pinkney of Baltimore. They also released the name of a clinic employee who was fatally shot. He was 52-year old David Caldwell of Baltimore. A 41-year-old woman who worked at the clinic was also injured. She was released from the hospital on Monday night.
Associated Press

An Ultra-Violent MS-13 Group Entered The U.S., Then Stalked L.A. With Blades And Bats
One by one, the victims were lured to remote locations: an abandoned building in downtown Los Angeles, an empty rooftop in Hollywood, a quiet park in the San Fernando Valley. Each was accused of a transgression against the notorious MS-13 street gang. Each would meet their end in a manner federal investigators described as “medieval.” In one case, court records show, a 16-year-old boy was lured to a canyon and beaten to death in 2017. His body went undiscovered for so long that his remains wound up charred in a wildfire, according to coroner's records. Earlier that year, another man suspected of defacing an MS-13 graffiti tag was abducted and dragged into Angeles National Forest. Six gang members cut him apart with machetes, according to prosecutors, who alleged that one cut out his heart. The gruesome slayings were among seven Los Angeles-area murders linked to the Fulton clique of MS-13 in the last two years, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday that charged 22 members of the gang, most of them in connection with first-degree murder and racketeering.
Los Angeles Times

Knife-Wielding Man Injured In LAPD Officer-Involved Shooting, Barricades Self
Los Angeles police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the Westlake area of Los Angeles Tuesday evening after someone called authorities reporting a man with a machete possibly hallucinating. Police say officers responded to the 300 block of N. Commonwealth Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. and found the suspect armed with a knife. The suspect was identified as a Hispanic male adult about 49 years old. LAPD says as the officers were in the process of trying to de-escalate the situation, the suspect charged at officers at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred. The suspect then ran into a local convenience store. Officers then fired less-lethal rounds and took the suspect into custody, LAPD said. The suspect suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police are still investigating whether the suspect's injuries were a result of the shooting or self-inflicted by a knife. He was taken to a local hospital and listen in stable condition. No officers or bystanders were injured in the incident. LAPD has not released the suspect's identity. The investigation is ongoing.
FOX 11

Hollywood Barricade: Possibly Armed Woman In Custody After SWAT Response
A Hollywood barricade involving a possibly armed woman has come to an end after a response by police and SWAT officers on Tuesday. The barricade began at about 6:30 a.m. after authorities received a call about a possibly armed and suicidal woman in the area of Franklin Avenue and Orange Drive. Authorities reportedly fired tear gas or pepper balls through some windows in an effort to get the woman out of a building. Fire officials said people in the building complained of tear gas which may have drifted toward them. The woman was later taken into custody. No other information was released.

Police Commission Recommends Witness Receive $75,000 For Providing Murder Info
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners signed off Tuesday on a $75,000 payout for a witness who provided information leading to a conviction and potential life prison term in a 2015 murder case. The unnamed witness provided information that resulted in the Dec. 6 conviction of Richard David Villa for the murder of 19-year-old Jose Andres Escobar and the attempted murder of William Barrera on Jan. 10, 2015, in Hyde Park, according to a commission report. The $75,000 reward was announced at a September 2015 news conference, and the witness came forward the following day. The reward was offered by the City Council, which must still give final approval for the reward to be paid out. “It is the opinion of the lead detectives … the witness is qualified to receive the reward offer,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore wrote in his report. “The information provided by (the) witness enabled murder charges to be filed on the defendant and was directly responsible for the identification and conviction of Richard Villa.”

Police Seeks Whereabouts Of Man Who Moved To L.A. From Michigan
Police in Los Angeles Wednesday sought the public's help in locating a man whose family last heard from him in June. Samuel Michael McLaurin moved from Michigan to Los Angeles in January and last spoke to his mother in June. He hasn't been heard from since, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Anyone with information about McLaurin, who has experienced homelessness and is known to frequent the downtown Los Angeles area, was urged to call the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1880 or 911. Tips can also be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or

Man's Life Prison Sentence Upheld For Female Clerk's Killing
A state appeals court panel Tuesday upheld a parolee's life prison sentence without the possibility of parole for gunning down a mother of five during a robbery at a South Los Angeles discount store. Eric William Atkinson was convicted in January 2018 of first-degree murder, dissuading a witness and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the Sept. 17, 2013, killing of Martha Sanchez at the Happy Bargain 99-cent store in the 7400 block of Broadway, where she worked as a clerk. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery, along with an allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a firearm and caused great bodily injury and death. “This shooting was, in the court's opinion, a very gratuitous and senseless act,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry said at Atkinson's February 2018 sentencing.

Former USC Gynecologist George Tyndall Charged With 29 Felonies In Sex Abuse Case
George Tyndall, the gynecologist accused of sexual misconduct toward hundreds of USC students, was arrested Wednesday and charged with committing more than two dozen felonies at the campus clinic where he practiced for decades. The physician was taken into custody at 7:45 a.m. as he exited his apartment in a high-rise near Lafayette Park. Los Angeles police said he was carrying a loaded .38-caliber handgun, a concealed weapon for which they said he did not have a permit. Immediately after detectives approached him, the 72-year-old began complaining of chest pains and was driven to L.A. County-USC Medical Center for treatment. He remained there Wednesday evening. The 29 felonies laid out in a criminal filing Wednesday by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office concern allegations by 16 women involving incidents between 2009 and 2016, and carry a potential prison term of up to 53 years, authorities said.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Imperial County Man Is Likely California's 1st West Nile Virus Fatality Of 2019
A Southern California man died last week after contracting West Nile virus in what is likely the first death caused by the disease this year in the state, officials said. West Nile virus, which is transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite, kills Californians every year. Last year, 11 people in the state died of West Nile, and 44 in the previous year. The man, who died on July 4, lived in Imperial County and had a history of other health problems, according to county health officials. The Desert Sun identified him as 74-year-old Robert Mears, a retired construction worker. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the resident that passed away as result of complications with WNV. This local death serves as a reminder to our community of the importance of taking precautions against mosquito bites,” Imperial County health officer Dr. Stephen Munday said in a statement.

Local Government News

LA City Council District 12 Forum Heats Up As Candidates Debate Solutions To Northwest Valley Issues – Like Homelessness, Public Transit
As the runoff election for the Los Angeles City Council's Northwest Valley seat approaches, both candidates laid down contrasting visions on key topics and promised to challenge the status quo in City Hall politics during a sometimes heated forum Tuesday, July 15. In the first of several upcoming town halls in the lead-up to the Aug. 13 election, John Lee and Loraine Lundquist drew a crowd of more than 200 people to Galpin Ford's second-floor Community Room in North Hills. They witnessed a fiery discussion about who has the best ideas with which to represent Council District 12, which includes the communities of Northridge, North Hills, Chatsworth and Porter Ranch. On one hand, Lee, 49, a Republican and former Councilman Mitchell Englander's chief of staff, and Lundquist, 41, a Democrat and sustainability instructor at Cal State Northridge, found common ground. Both candidates agreed on the need to advocate for shutting down the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility, which released more than 100,000 tons of methane into the air during the 2015 gas leak, prompting thousands of families to flee their homes.
Los Angeles Daily News

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