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August 19, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Man Suspected Of Shooting Missouri Deputy, Trooper Surrenders After Standoff
Authorities say a man suspected of shooting and wounding two law enforcement officers has surrendered after a seven-hour standoff in southern Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced around 5 p.m. Friday in a Tweet that the standoff had ended. Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson says it began when gunfire erupted as two troopers and a Carter County deputy were approaching a home to serve an eviction notice. The deputy, who was hit in the leg, groin and chest, was pulled to safety by one of the troopers. He was flown to St. Louis for treatment for injuries that aren't considered life-threatening. The other trooper was shot in the shoulder and his bulletproof vest and was released from a hospital after receiving treatment. The shooting came two days after six Philadelphia police officers were shot and wounded during a standoff.
Associated Press

Public Memorial Planned To Honor Slain CHP Officer Andre Moye
A public memorial service for a California Highway Patrol officer who was shot and killed by a convicted felon is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Riverside, authorities said. The tribute to 34-year-old Andre Moye Jr., who was shot while writing up impound paperwork during a routine traffic stop Monday, will take place at 10 a.m. at Harvest Christian Fellowship Church, 6115 Arlington Ave., according to the CHP. The public was invited to attend, but seating could be limited due to the large number of law enforcement officials anticipated to attend, organizers said. Officers were expected from “across the country,” said Charlene Ormonde, bereavement coordinator at the church. CHP officials instead recommended watching the memorial service on the agency's website, where it will be live streamed. The service was anticipated to last about 90 minutes, officials said. A private funeral will be held following the memorial. Prior to the service, a procession will lead Moye from Acheson & Graham Mortuary in Riverside to the church.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Says 1 Killed, 2 Hurt In Shooting In The Montecito Heights Area
Police were asking the public for help identifying suspects in the shooting death of a 21-year-old man and the wounding of 18- and 19-year-old men outside a liquor store in the Montecito Heights area. The deceased was identified as Victor Cortez Jr., the coroner's office said. The three were shot at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday at the corner of East Avenue 42 and Griffin Avenue, police said. A vehicle pulled up and a suspect got out of the car and began arguing with the victims, police said. At some point, the suspect pulled a gun and opened fire on the men, killing one and wounding two, police said. The surviving men were hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds, police said. Hollenbeck detectives believe the shooting is gang-related and have detained two people they believe were involved, police said. Anyone with information to call Detective J. Ramirez at 323-342-8964 or 877-ASK-LAPD. Anonymous tips can be made through Crimestoppers at 800-222- TIPS (8477).
Los Angeles Daily News

Astrophysics Student And A Soon-To-Be Dad, Boyhood Friends, Die In Drive-By Shooting
Jose Antonio Flores Velazquez, 23, and Alfredo Carrera, 24, were childhood friends who each had a bright future. Flores Velazquez was a doctoral student at UC Irvine and well on his way to realizing his dream of becoming an astrophysicist. Carrera was about to become a father. On Wednesday, both men were fatally shot on the street where they grew up in South L.A. The gunman remains at large, police said. Family members said that the two men were not involved in gangs or drugs and that they had no idea why the men were targeted. The two were in Carrera's driveway in the 1100 block of East 68th Street in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood about 7 p.m. when they were shot, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A caller told authorities that a vehicle approached and a passenger pulled out a handgun. An argument ensued and shots rang out, said Sheriff's Lt. Derrick Alfred. Flores Velazquez died at the scene and Carrera was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No weapons were found on the victims, authorities said. The suspect's vehicle was described only as a dark-colored sedan. The families of both men said they were devastated by their loss. Flores Velazquez's dream was to get a good job at a prestigious institution so he could one day afford to buy a home for his parents, who are immigrants from Mexico, so that his father would not have to work such long hours at his construction job.
Los Angeles Times

Man Shot Dead In Westlake Area, Suspect Arrested
A 33-year-old man was shot to death Sunday in the Westlake community of Los Angeles and a man between 35 and 40 years old was arrested in connection with the homicide, police said Sunday. The attack took place about 5:20 p.m. on Wilshire Boulevard, between Westlake and Alvarado streets, Officer Rosario Cervantes of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section said. The victim, identified by the coroner's office as Michael Smiley, was pronounced dead at the scene. LAPD officers patrolling the area around MacArthur Park heard a gunshot and saw a man put a gun in his backpack, Fox 11 reported. When the patrol car turned on Wilshire Boulevard from Alvarado Street, the man took off running and the officers got out of their patrol car and ran after him, authorities said. The man threw away the backpack with the gun inside it and then got down on the ground and surrendered to the officers, according to Fox 11.

2 People Shot In North Hollywood, LAPD Investigates
A shooting investigation is underway in North Hollywood. Two people were hurt, according to LAPD. The condition of the victims is unknown at this time. The shooting happened shortly after 6 p.m. in the area of Victory Boulevard and Lankershim near a Uhaul location. Police responded to a report of shots fired. The victims were taken to the hospital. Their age and gender are unknown. Los Angeles police say they're looking for two individuals last seen running south on Lankershim. One of the suspects is described as a Hispanic man wearing a red shirt and black jeans. Police say he was carrying a black-colored handgun. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male but no further description is available at this time. No other details were immediately known.
FOX 11

Man Fatally Shot After Ambushing Officers In El Sereno, Police Say
A man was fatally shot by officers after ambushing a patrol vehicle that was stopped at a red light in El Sereno Sunday night, police said. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. as the patrol vehicle was stopped in the area of Alhambra Avenue and Lombardy Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Barry Montgomery said. While the officers were waiting for the red light to change, a man with a handgun shot at their patrol vehicle, Montgomery said. The man fled on foot through an alley just north of Alhambra Avenue as the officers gave chase. “At that point the suspect fired additional rounds at the officers and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Montgomery said. The suspect ran again from officers and was on Alhambra Avenue when he was encountered by an additional responding unit. Officers opened fire on the man, who was still armed with a handgun, Montgomery said. The suspect was struck by the gunfire and taken into custody at that point. Paramedics were called to the scene and transported the suspect to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Missing 13-Year-Old With Autism Leads Police On Pursuit, Causes Multiple Crashes In SF Valley
A missing 13-year-old boy led police on a pursuit that featured multiple hit-and-run crashes in the San Fernando Valley Saturday, and the boy's parents say the teenager has autism and is deaf. The driver was wanted for a felony hit-and-run near the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department said while the pursuit was ongoing. Newschopper4 Bravo arrived over the scene where the pursuit ended around 3:30 p.m. and observed multiple damaged vehicles, including a truck that had crashed into an apartment building in the 7200 block of Troost Avenue in North Hollywood. Lopez confirmed that the person in the pursuit was a missing 13-year-old boy, and police later said that the truck had been reported stolen. The boy's family told NBCLA that he has autism and said it is unclear how he ended up in the truck. The boy's mother said he is also deaf and wears a cochlear implant in one ear. The teenager's parents reported the boy missing from South Los Angeles Saturday morning, and it is not clear how he ended up taking police on a pursuit through the San Fernando Valley, eventually crashing in North Hollywood.

Arrest Made In Hit-and-Run In The Fairfax District
A man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run in the Fairfax District, authorities said Sunday morning. A man was standing near the back of a parked car on Beverly Boulevard when he was hit from behind, severely injuring his legs. The car drove off. About 30 minutes later, LAPD found an abandoned car, less than half a mile away from the original crash scene. The hood of the car was covered in blood and the car's airbags were deployed. Drug paraphernalia also was found in the car. The injured man is at Cedars-Sinai hospital. A suspect has now been arrested, according to authorities. 

The LAPD Is Recruiting New Officers
Sergeant Cassandra Britt-Nickerson of the LAPD speaks about the unique way the LAPD is trying to attract people to join the force on Today in LA on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (Published Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 | Credit: NBCLA)
NBC 4 Video

South L.A. Man Gets 6 Years And 6 Months In Prison For Killing 77-Year-Old Woman In Hit-and-Run
A 26-year-old South Los Angeles man was sentenced Friday to six years and six months in state prison for a hit-and-run crash that killed a 77-year-old grandmother last year, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Brandon Rosendo Mazariego was driving an SUV along Budlong Avenue on Nov. 13, 2018, when he turned onto West 28th Street and fatally struck Maria Asuncion Reynoso as she crossed the street, prosecutors said. “He made no effort to stop and continued driving,” the DA's office said in a news release. He was arrested within a week of the crash after authorities identified his white Nissan Armada through surveillance footage, according to police. Authorities said he confessed during an interrogation. “We understand accidents happen … but she was not a piece of trash,” her granddaughter, Julia Stranges, said after Mazariego was arrested. “Maybe she would have had a chance. Maybe she would still be with us.” Reynoso lived a few blocks away from the scene of the crash in the Adams-Normandie neighborhood, according to prosecutors. Loved ones have said she was walking on her way to church when she was fatally struck.

Customs And Border Protection Officers Seize $2.3 Million Worth Of Marijuana Inside Shipment Of Jalapeño Peppers
Officials say they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeno peppers at a Southern California port. A Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit alerted officers to a shipment of peppers Thursday at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego. A CBP news release says officers discovered more than 7,500 pounds (3,401 kilograms) of marijuana in the peppers' pallets. Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan congratulated the officers on Twitter and noted it was the second large seizure of marijuana there within days. Authorities seized more than 10,600 lbs (4,808 kilograms) of marijuana in a shipment of plastic auto parts at the port Tuesday. 
FOX 11

Public Safety News

L.A. Firefighters Manually Remove 1,000-Pound Horse From Thick Mud In Hansen Dam Area
Los Angeles firefighters worked for nearly two hours to free a 1,000-pound horse from the mud in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area Saturday, Aug. 17, authorities said. Firefighters were called to the area around 11770 W. Foothill Boulevard just after 11:45 a.m. on a report that the horse was stuck up to its belly in mud in a remote area of the park, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Firefighters hiked to the area and, with assistance from the Los Angeles Animal Services Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team, manually freed the 14-year-old male Peruvian Paso horse from the thick mud sometime before 2 p.m., Humphrey said. The horse was reportedly in minimal distress and a veterinarian was at the site to examine him. Firefighters prepared to decontaminate the horse. A female rider who was on the horse was located near the animal and was uninjured, Humphrey said.
Los Angeles Daily News

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