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September 30, 2019
Law Enforcement News

NYPD officer shot dead with own gun in tussle with ex-con in the Bronx, possibly also hit with friendly fire
An NYPD officer was shot dead with his own gun by an ex-con as they grappled on the ground in the Bronx early Sunday — and authorities are investigating whether he was additionally hit by friendly fire from fellow officers, sources said. Mulkeen, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, was shot three times with his own gun as he grappled with the suspect, sources said. Mulkeen's gun went off five times during the clash.
New York Daily News

LAPD Officer Injured In Crash With Suspected Drunk Driver In Downtown L.A.
A motorcycle officer was hospitalized in stable condition Saturday morning with injuries suffered in a crash in downtown Los Angeles and a suspected drunken driver was in custody. The crash was reported at 7:55 p.m. Friday in the area of San Pedro and 14th streets, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison. The officer's motorcycle was struck by another vehicle, driven by a 37-year-old woman, that ran a red light, NBC4 reported. The officer was hospitalized in stable condition and a “possible DUI driver” was in custody, Madison said. The officer has been with the department for 20 years, according to NBC4.

LAPD Walks To Raise Awareness For Officer Suicides
The LAPD held its annual suicide awareness walk to bring attention to officer suicide. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. See the full NBCLA and Los Angeles Police Protective League behavioral health survey here.
NBC 4 Video

Man Shot And Killed In Koreatown
Detectives are investigating the shooting death of a man at a Koreatown apartment complex in the early hours Saturday. Officers responded to a report of a shooting near the 700 block of South Serrano Avenue around 3:15 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Upon arrival, officers were directed to a rear stairwell of a multi-unit apartment where a man had been shot. Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, where he died of his injuries. The victim's identity has not been released. The suspects are described as two Hispanic males, who fled the scene southbound on Serrano Avenue in a white sedan, police said.

Driver Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI After Fiery Sunland Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Hospitalized
Investigators arrested a motorist on suspicion of drunken driving after he allegedly lost control of an SUV that rolled over and caught fire in Sunland, leaving a Van Nuys man dead and three others hospitalized on Sunday, Sept. 29. Authorities were notified that the vehicle was engulfed in flames along the 12200 block of Big Tujunga Canyon Road at about 11:55 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Nicholson said. Firefighters extinguished the fire, and pronounced one person dead at the scene of the crash, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said in news release. Preliminary investigation suggested the SUV was traveling east on Big Tujunga Canyon toward Doske Road at about 11:05 a.m., when its 28-year-old driver lost control, CHP officials said.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Releases Video Of Hate Crime Suspect Spray-Painting Swastikas In San Pedro Area
The Los Angeles Police Department released video Friday in their search for a vandal who authorities say spray-painted swastikas on homes and businesses in the San Pedro area. On Sept. 1, the person drove into an alley west of Pacific Avenue between 20th and 17thstreets, got out of the driver's side and began spray-painting the walls of buildings near the 2000 block of Pacific Avenue, according to police. The vandal has been described by police as a hate crime suspect. A grainy, 33-second black and white clip released by LAPD shows a person dressed in a light-colored long sleeve shirt and light-colored pants appearing to scrawl something onto a wall. Authorities said at least eight locations were vandalized by the time the person fled the scene in a light-colored four-door sedan.

Encino Man Charged With Attacking Two Real Estate Agents, Three Other Women
An Encino man was charged Friday with assaulting or groping five women in the San Fernando Valley this year, including two real estate agents during open houses. Alen Karaboghosian, 45, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of assault with intent to commit rape and four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. Karaboghosian allegedly attacked a real estate agent in Encino last Sunday after she showed him a home that was listed for sale, according to Deputy District Attorney Brendan Sullivan. The defendant allegedly pushed the woman to the ground in an attempt to sexually assault her. After security video of the attack was released, other women came forward to allege that they had also been groped or assaulted by Karaboghosian, who's also accused of groping a second real estate agent during an open house Feb. 16 and three other women on public streets on March 23, Aug. 26 and Sept. 14.

3 Suspects Arrested In 'Latin Lotto' Scam Targeting Several Cities In L.A. Area
Three suspects in a "Latin Lotto" scam are behind bars facing Grand Theft charges as they left a trail of victims in several cities including Pacoima, North Hollywood, San Fernando, El Monte, Ontario, Pico Rivera, and Long Beach, police said. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Major Theft Task Force arrested Tito Lozada, Luisa Camargo, and Mercedes Montanez on Sept. 26. LAPD says the suspects had just completed a scam on a 65-year-old victim in the city of Long Beach. "The suspects traveled through neighborhoods in the city of Long Beach looking for elderly female Hispanics walking alone. Once a potential victim was spotted, a female suspect would walk up and engage the victim in conversation. The suspect asks for help cashing a winning lottery ticket," said a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. 
FOX 11

Sylmar Man Pleads No Contest To False Threat To LA County Fair
A Sylmar man who admitted sending a false threat warning of a mass shooting at the Los Angeles County Fair was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and three years probation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Friday. Erik Jonathan Villasenor, 24, was also ordered to stay away from the fairgrounds for three years, barred from possessing or owning deadly and dangerous weapons and providing false information to law enforcement officials and directed to pay about $13,300 in restitution to the Pomona Police Department for its costs to respond to the threat, according to the District Attorney's Office. Villasenor, who pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor count of false report of an emergency, emailed authorities Sept. 13 to falsely warn of an online threat of a shooting two days later, prosecutors said.

Public Safety News

73-Year-Old Woman Found Dead After Firefighters Extinguish Granada Hills House Fire
A 73-year-old woman was found dead after a fire ripped through a Granada Hills home marked by "excessive storage conditions" on Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The blaze erupted about 5 a.m. at a house in the 10407 block of North Densmore Avenue, prompting a response from more than 70 firefighters, according to the LAFD. The victim's 76-year-old husband managed to escape the burning home before firefighters arrived. Massive flames engulfed the single-story structure, whose roof partially collapsed, officials said. There appeared to be no smoke alarms in the home, they said. Firefighters' efforts were hampered by the storage conditions inside and outside the home, the LAFD said.

34 Fallen Firefighters, Including Six From LA And Long Beach Areas, Honored At Sacramento's California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony
Hundreds of firefighters and their family members, as well as community members, gathered in Sacramento's Capitol Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, for the 17th annual California Firefighters Memorial ceremony, which honors the firefighters who died in the line of duty. The honorees included several from the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas: Cecil Morris, a Los Angeles City firefighter; Los Angeles County firefighters Robert Brantley, Russell Fagan and Randall Duarte; and Long Beach firefighters Ryan Thornton, Sr. and Allen Chronister. This year, 34 names were added to the more than 1,400 fallen firefighters currently inscribed on the memorial, which dates back to 1850 when California became a state. The memorial honors firefighters who were killed amid on-duty incidents as well as those who have died from job-related illnesses.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

L.A. Wants State Of Emergency Declared As Homeless Crisis Worsens
Facing a deepening quagmire over homeless encampments, Los Angeles elected officials are increasingly looking to sweeping statewide initiatives to shake loose solutions. The latest proposal from Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and City Councilman Joe Buscaino would havethe governor declare a state of emergency on homelessness in California. Supporters view such a declaration as a novel strategy to free up state and federal funding typically reserved for natural disasters, such as earthquakes or wildfires, and to suspend or streamline the regulatory hurdles that often slow down shelter and housing development. It also could block NIMBY opponents from using environmental reviews to sue and delay or block homeless facilities from opening.
Los Angeles Times

In Time For 2020 Vote, LA County Shows Off New, Higher-Tech Voting Machines
Election season is well under way — does it ever really end any more? — and this weekend, the Los Angeles County registrar's office showed off how it is preparing for the 2020 vote. The public got a hands-on look at new, higher-tech voting devices by participating in a mock election at 50 sites around the county on Saturday, Sept. 28. The demonstration continues Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 to 4 p.m. For a list of sites near you, log on to Many locations made a party of the faux polling. The five main locations for fun stuff: Pan American Park in Long Beach, Salazar Park in East LA, the Carson Community Center, the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center and College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. Nonetheless, event organizers hoped that participants would check out the local voting center closest to them. 
Los Angeles Daily News

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