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August 22, 2019
Law Enforcement News

A Law Alone Impacts No One
To expect police officers to effectively de-escalate situations, including using specialized mental health tactics or deploying less lethal options during dangerous high-pressure scenarios without the proper training, is both unrealistic and unfair. California's elected leaders must invest heavily in new, frequent and ongoing police training.

Search Underway For Shooter After Deputy Is Wounded Outside Lancaster Sheriff's Station
A search was underway late Wednesday in an apartment building where authorities believed they would find a sniper who wounded a deputy in the parking lot of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lancaster station. About 2:50 p.m., Sheriff's Deputy Angel Reinosa, 21, suffered a “graze wound” to the shoulder while walking to his car in the station's lot. Preliminary reports are that someone fired at the deputy from a nearby four-story apartment building. Reinosa was taken to a hospital , where he is expected to recover. Authorities said Reinosa's bulletproof vest saved his life. “He is doing great, thankfully,” Sheriff's Capt. Todd Weber said. “The wound was minor and he's been treated and he's doing well, in high spirits.” No surgery was needed, Weber added. Through Wednesday afternoon into the evening, deputies had the area blocked off and believed the shooter was contained. The Sheriff's Department said the shot came from a considerable distance. It was unclear how many shots were fired. Officials believe the suspect is inside the apartment building. Deputies used binoculars to scan the building for a possible sniper, and officers were positioned nearby. The SWAT team and armored vehicles were also at the scene. Because of concern for sniper fire, deputies were told to approach the area only from the west. Deputies spent several hours clearing nearby buildings, including a library and an apartment complex. The public was told to avoid the area. A Sheriff's Department source said the shooter fired a high-velocity rifle round that hit Reinosa.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Man Sentenced To More Than 3 Years In Prison After Crashing Into Police Cars, Vehicle With Baby On Board During Chase
A Los Angeles man was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison after pleading no contest to crashing into multiple vehicles during a pursuit earlier this year, including one carrying a baby, officials announced Wednesday. Pharuehat Wilaisophakun, 27, pleaded to one count each of assault on a peace officer and fleeing an officer's vehicle while driving recklessly, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Wilaisophakun led LAPD on a chase April 4 after an officer witnessed him crash into a vehicle while in a 2018 Prius near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue and he did not stop. He then drove away at a high rate of speed, ran red lights, weaved in and out of traffic and hit multiple vehicles, officials said. At one point, three police vehicles tried to block Wilaisophakun's car and he rammed them. He also crashed into a parked vehicle with a baby inside, but the baby was not injured, officials said. The pursuit ended in East Hollywood when Wilaisophakun's car crashed into a truck and police pinned him in, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

Woman With ‘Significant Criminal History' Arrested In West Adams Arson Fire: LAFD
A 52-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire in West Adams in April that forced three residents to jump out a window of the burning building to safety, fire officials said this week. Tameca Walker was taken into custody without incident after a warrant was issued for her arrest, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department statement. Walker is suspected of setting a duplex ablaze in the 2900 block of South Rimpau Boulevard on the morning of April 21. Around 6 a.m., she allegedly dumped gasoline outside the residence. Walker then broke a window with a crowbar before lighting a match and igniting the gasoline, according to LAFD. Three people were home at the time, and they all scrambled upstairs after the blaze ripped through the first floor of the home. The residents then jumped out of a second-story window to escape. The jump resulted in one of the victims breaking her back, fire officials said. Walker, who has a “significant criminal history,” was found with a loaded firearm at the time of her arrest, according to LAFD.

Man Arrested In Connection To Double Murder In South L.A.
Homicide investigators with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department made an arrest in Santa Clarita in connection to a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles that claimed the lives of two best friends. A group of childhood friends were standing near a vehicle in the 1100 block of East 68th Street near Central and Florence Avenues around 7 p.m. on August 14 when a suspect's vehicle pulled up and the passenger opened fire, sheriff's officials said. Arriving officers located a body near the victim's vehicle on the street. The shooting victim, identified by family as Jose Flores, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second shooting victim, identified as Alfredo Carrera, was rushed to a local hospital where he died. The third shooting victim was treated and released from a local hospital. Two days later, deputies from Santa Clarita Sheriff's station located a 2004 blue Nissan Maxima near the corner of Via Princessa and Sierra Highway. The vehicle license plate matched the plate listed as the suspect's vehicle used in a double murder that killed Flores and Carrera. Jonathan Charles Johnson, 26, of Lancaster was arrested at the scene.
FOX 11

Police Say Mass Casualty Event Thwarted After Man Arrested For Making Threats Targeting Long Beach Marriott
A man accused of making a violent threat against a Long Beach hotel was found to have access to weapons and "had a plan" was arrested, Long Beach police announced Wednesday. The Long Beach Police Department held a news conference to announce the arrest of the 37-year-old Huntington Beach resident Rodolfo Montoya. Chief Robert Luna and Mayor Robert Garcia said if the threat hadn't been taken seriously, it could have resulted in a mass casualty incident. Montoya, who works as a chef at the Long Beach Marriott, allegedly told a coworker he had planned to shoot coworkers and guests at the Long Beach Marriott where they both work. After Montoya made the threat, the employee contacted police who immediately started investigating. They determined he had access to weapons and ammunition. Police said Montoya was angry that he was facing disciplinary action at the hotel near the Long Beach Airport when he allegedly said he planned a shooting attack. Chief Luna said the man "had clear plans" and "intent and means" to carry them out, which could have resulted in mass casualty incident.

Not Guilty Plea In SoCal Home Fraud Case
A 34-year-old Sherman Oaks man accused of involvement in a Southern California mortgage fraud scheme pleaded not guilty Wednesday in an Orange County courtroom to nearly five dozen felony charges. Michael Charles Jackson was charged July 31 with four counts of grand theft and 53 counts of attempting to file a false or forged instrument, with sentencing enhancement allegations of aggravated white-collar crime between $100,000 to $500,000 and property damage exceeding $200,000. Jackson is due back in court on Friday for a pretrial hearing at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. According to a motion to increase Jackson's bail from $40,000 to $344,000, investigators alleged he “was an integral part of the fraud scheme used by (co-defendant) Patrick Soria's companies West Inc. and West H&A LLC to transfer title on residential properties via fraudulent substitution of trustees and fraudulent assignment of mortgages/deeds of trust… without the authorization of the beneficiary lender.”

Serial Killer Who Claimed To Murdering 90 Women, Including L.A. Victims, To Plead Guilty In Ohio Slayings: Prosecutors
Authorities say a serial killer who claims to have murdered 90 women will plead guilty and be sentenced this week to resolve two decades-old Ohio cases. Samuel Little was indicted earlier this year for the 1981 murder of 32-year-old Anna Stewart, last seen alive in Cincinnati. Her body was dumped in Grove City, near Columbus. The 80-year-old Little also is charged with a second murder in Cincinnati. Her identity remains unknown. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'turz) says Little will plead guilty and be sentenced on Friday. He was previously convicted of killing three Los Angeles-area women among the dozens of slayings he's claimed to have committed nationwide. Little will appear via Skype from a California prison where he is serving multiple life sentences for other killings. A message seeking comment was left with Little's attorney Wednesday.

California Arms Traffickers Used Snapchat To Market Illegal Weapons
One post showed the man walking through a home brandishing a gun with a high-capacity magazine and tapping an unidentified woman on her buttocks with the barrel. In another, he waved a pistol loaded with a 50-round drum magazine in the air while driving a car. They're two of several Snapchat posts by Anthony Reed, a 22-year-old Nevada resident who prosecutors allege used the social media platform to market weapons in California. Arms traffickers have long used the internet to connect with potential buyers, and there have been growing reports of weapons dealers across the US using platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to market their guns. Several recent law enforcement investigations show that in California's Bay Area, social media is playing a significant role in the sale of firearms outlawed in the state.
The Guardian

Public Safety News

Man Dies, Woman In Grave Condition After Being Rescued From Fire In Exposition Park
A man has died and a woman continues to fight for her life after being pulled out of a fire burning at board-and-care facility in Exposition Park. The fire broke out at about 12:45 a.m. at a home on Leighton Avenue near Budlong. The flames left the front of the home totally burned out. A man and a woman had to be rescued from the burning home and were rushed to the hospital, where the man died. The woman remains in grave condition. An engineer who assisted with the rescue was also hospitalized for smoke inhalation, but he is expected to be OK. It took a half hour for 53 firefighters to put out the flames. The home was a board-and-care facility for mental health patients. Sixteen people, including four children, were inside when the fire broke out. Investigators are on the scene working to determine the cause of the fire.

California Fire Mystery: No Major Summer Brush Fires After Years Of Record Destruction
Gawking tourists hung halfway out their car windows, cameras aimed at firefighters and flames along the shoulder of Generals Highway. Typically by this point in the summer, fire officials are dealing with multiple blazes across California , including ones that brush up against this area of Sequoia park. But so far things have been remarkably calm — giving firefighters time to prepare with prescribed burns and offering a respite, however brief. After two years of devastating wildfires that burned more than 1.8-million acres in 2018 and 1.2-million acres in 2017, as of Sunday only 51,079 acres have burned this year across state and federal lands in California . Late spring rains , cooler summer temperatures and fewer extreme wind events, among other factors, have combined to help keep the state from burning uncontrollably, experts say. But weary fire officials know that can change at any moment — all it takes is an intense wind event or a prolonged heat wave and then a spark. A year ago at this time, California was on fire. The largest blaze in state history — the Mendocino Complex fire — was roaring through Lake County. A monster fire was taking aim at Lake Elsinore. And in Redding, hundreds of residential lots were in rubble from a blaze that made a deadly march into city subdivisions, with a “fire tornado” adding to the the destruction. Conditions this summer have been much more tame.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

As Fire Season Looms, LA City Council To Consider Tougher Rules For Removing Homeless Encampments From Fire Zones
Los Angeles will consider giving public safety officials more leeway to force campers and homeless people out of the city's high-fire danger areas as hot, dry and windy weather makes hillsides more prone to destructive wildfires. The new rules, which will go before the City Council's public safety committee on Aug. 28, would allow city police to charge anyone found in L.A.'s hilly fire zones with trespassing if they're camping or living anywhere outside of public roads, residential areas, hiking trails or campsites. While city officials said the motion to amend the city's municipal code could affect hikers and campers, Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the Los Angeles Fire Department's hangar at Van Nuys Airport the rules would primarily target homeless encampments. The potential rule change comes after a fire in the San Fernando Valley's Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area consumed about seven acres of brush and razed dozens of makeshift dwellings at a large homeless encampment on July 30.
Los Angeles Daily News

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