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January 6, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Louisiana Man Gets Life Sentence For Police Officer's Death
A Louisiana man found guilty of murder in the shooting death of a police officer will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Grover Cannon was formally sentenced Thursday in Caddo District Court, news outlets reported. Cannon was convicted of first-degree murder in November for the 2015 shooting death of Shreveport police Officer Thomas LaValley. Cannon could have been sentenced to death, but the jury did not agree on the death penalty, according to news outlets. Therefore, the sentence automatically defaulted to life in prison.
Associated Press

Record Number Of LEOs Died By Suicide In 2019
A record number of current or former law enforcement officers died by suicide in 2019, according to Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit that works to reduce the stigma around mental health issues in law enforcement. According to figures announced by Blue H.E.L.P. on Thursday, 228 current or former officers died by suicide, compared with 172 in 2018. About 90% of those officers were male and approximately 25% were veterans with at least 20 years of service. "I'm really hoping that 2020 will be the year this turns around," Karen Solomon, Blue H.E.L.P.'s founder, told ABC News. "I'd love to see suicide prevention receive the same efforts we put forth for traditional line-of-duty deaths." New York had the highest number of deaths by suicide at 27, followed by California at 23. Among those 27 deaths in New York, 10 were NYPD officers.  

Police Involved In OIS With 22-Year-Old Man In Montecito Heights
No one was injured or wounded during an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning in Montecito Heights, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. About 12:15 a.m., officers stopped to talk to a 22-year-old man at the corner of Griffin Avenue and East Avenue 43. The man ran north on Griffin and after a brief foot pursuit, an officer-involved shooting occurred, the LAPD reported. The man was taken into custody and no officers were injured. A firearm was recovered by officers. The man's identity was not immediately disclosed.

Homeless Man Arrested In Fatal Stabbing At Downtown L.A. Restaurant
A homeless man suspected of stabbing to death a fellow diner at a downtown Los Angeles Mexican restaurant on New Year's Day has been arrested, police said. A civilian called police around 4 p.m., after learning about the crime, to report seeing the suspect inside the downtown Central Library, located at 630 W. 5th Street, police said. Officers quickly responded and took the suspect, identified as Devan Lampkin, 49, into custody without incident, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Lampkin was wanted for the stabbing death of Homer Garcia, 56, after the two got into an argument inside Margarita's Place, located at 103 E. 7th, about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Relatives said Garcia was an avid musician. Surveillance video from inside the restaurant released by police showed the attack, then Lampkin calmly pick up his belongings off the counter and walk away.
Los Angeles Times

2 Children Injured After Hit-and-Run Driver Crashes Into Backyard In South LA, Police Say
Two children were injured in the Central Alameda neighborhood of South Los Angeles Friday afternoon after a hit-and-run driver crashed through a fence and into a yard, police said. The crash happened at 48th Street and Ascot Avenue at about 2:20 p.m., according to Los Angeles police. The children were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The children's grandmother says she was sitting on the porch and the kids were playing in the yard when a driver in a black pickup truck plowed into their property. The grandmother went on to say that after the crash, she didn't see her 2-year-old grandson on the ground at first because he's so little, but she then spotted him under some metal and pulled him out. She says her grandson is OK and that people rushed after the driver and caught him. Police arrested the driver on suspicion of DUI.

Video: Man Wounded In Shooting At Northridge Yard House Restaurant
A man was wounded after fight escalated into gunfire at a Yard House restaurant in Northridge on Sunday night, according to authorities and witnesses. The shooting took place about 8:10 p.m. at the business at 9301 Tampa Ave., Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. Two men became involved in a fight when one of them pulled a gun and opened fire, Officer Orris of the LAPD's Operations Center said. A 26-year-old man suffered a wound to his abdomen and was hospitalized in stable condition, he said. The gunman, described as a man between 25 and 30 years old, fled the scene before police arrived, Orris said. Investigators suspected the fight may have been gang related.

2 Injured In Separate Shootings Within 1/2 Mile Of Each Other In Westlake District: LAPD
Two people were injured in separate shootings that happened within a half-mile of each other early Saturday in the Westlake District of Central Los Angeles, officials said. The Los Angeles Police Department first received a call about an assault with a deadly weapon at 12:52 a.m. at Seventh Street and Rampart Boulevard, an agency spokesperson told KTLA. Officers and the Los Angeles Fire Department descended on the scene at Silver Platter, a bar just a few blocks away from MacArthur Park. According to LAPD, two people became involved in a heated conversation when one of them pulled out a gun and fired at the other. The victim, a man in his early 30s, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said. The shooter fled and was last seen heading west on Seventh Street toward Hoover Street, officials said. LAPD described him as a Hispanic man in his late 30s who has tattoos on his neck. He was wearing a white shirt and white pants, according to investigators.

LAPD Working To Determine If Homeless Community Was Target In Suspicious Device Investigation
Los Angeles police are working to determine if the homeless community was targeted after several objects resembling explosive devices were discovered on and near a construction site for a new housing facility in Venice. Authorities are asking the public for help identifying anyone who may have been involved in placing these suspicious devices at the scene, witnessed suspicious activity, or have any video evidence that may help investigators. The first objects were found in the area of Sunset Avenue and Main Street at about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 2. Through the course of the investigation, more suspicious devices were located in the vicinity, LAPD says. All of the objects were found on and near the construction site of a new Bridge Home facility leading authorities to believe the suspect or suspects responsible for leaving the suspicious devices there may have possibly been targeting the new housing project or the homeless community. All of the objects were deemed safe and removed from the area. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the LAPD's Major Crimes Division at 213-486-7280.
FOX 11

Sherman Oaks Man Arrested, Accused Of Killing His 2 Kids' Mother In Front Of Them On New Year's Eve
A Sherman Oaks man who allegedly gunned down the mother of their two children in front of them and wounded her father shortly after midnight New Year's Day in Compton was behind bars on Thursday. Eduardo Ubiarco, 37, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with the shooting that occurred at 12:38 a.m. that day in the 2200 block of West 154th Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The woman died at a hospital. Her father remained in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his upper body, sheriff's officials said. The couple's two children were not injured. Ubiarco was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. A possible motive for the shooting had not been released, and the weapon had not been found, sheriff's officials said.
Los Angeles Daily News

2020 Will Be A Big Year For The Gun Issue
There are plenty of reasons to believe that 2020 is poised to be pivotal for the issue of gun violence. Yes, there's that looming election, and all the policymaking power it puts up for grabs. But between now and November, plenty of other storylines will also unspool. From the Supreme Court, we'll get a decision with a wide range of possible implications for state and local gun regulations. Red flag laws are gaining acceptance at the state level, but they could face increasing resistance from far-right extremists. Researchers probing the causes of and possible cures for shootings will welcome an infusion of government funding, even as they lobby for more robust spending. To begin to get a sense of how it all may play out, we asked 13 experts on the policy, politics, and science of gun violence to size up the year to come. 
The Trace

Public Safety News

Woman Found Dead Inside Burned-Out Garage In South Los Angeles
A deadly structure fire in South Los Angeles claimed the life of a 58-year-old woman. The fire erupted just before 2 a.m. Sunday on 42nd Street and Broadway Avenue. The woman appeared to be staying in the vacant garage. When firefighters arrived, the garage was engulfed in flames. After crews extinguished the blaze, they located the body of a woman inside. The location of the fire had sold a few months ago and was expected to be torn down, according to area residents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. “We're still working with LAPD, our partners at LAPD and the Arson-Counter Terrorism Unit, to investigate any witnesses who may know her, how long she may be staying here, cause at this point, we are not real sure of how long she may have been here,” said Capt. Cody Weireter of the LAFD.

Unconscious Woman Pulled From Burning Home In L.A.'s Exposition Park
A woman was hospitalized in serious condition after she was overcome by smoke in a burning home in Exposition Park and then rescued and resuscitated by firefighters on Friday night, officials said. The fire was first reported shortly before 9:30 p.m. at a single-story duplex in the 2000 block of Browning Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. “Despite the presence of an apparently functional smoke alarm within the premises, the adult female occupant collapsed unconscious within the heavily smoke-charged residential duplex prior to LAFD arrival and was rescued by Firefighters, who commenced an aggressive resuscitation effort,” Humphrey said in a written statement. The woman's condition was initially described as critical, but later upgraded to serious. No other injuries were reported, Humphrey said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Local Government News

L.A. To Curb Developer Donations, But Some Fear Corporate Contributions Could Mask Source Of Giving
Real estate developers pushing to get new projects approved at Los Angeles City Hall will be banned, under a new law, from giving campaign contributions to the council members vetting their projects. But Los Angeles leaders have held off on another change that critics say is needed: Barring donors from giving through limited liability companies and other business entities that can make it difficult to tell who is donating. Doing so, they argue, would prevent prohibited donors from using LLCs to camouflage their campaign contributions. Banned donors are not legally permitted to give through such entities, but it could be tougher for the city and watchdogs to detect them. Los Angeles allows political donors to give not only as individuals, but also through companies and other groups. But some corporate entities don't have to publicly reveal who owns them, leaving it unclear to the public who is giving the money. In some cases, donors have funneled money through such companies to evade restrictions on campaign contributions.
Los Angeles Times

Metro Announces Street Restoration Project For Little Tokyo, Arts District; Detours Planned
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will begin an eight-month street restoration project in the area of the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station next week, affecting traffic through Aug. 31. The work is part of the Regional Connector Transit Project, a 1.9-mile underground light-rail extension that will connect the A Line (Blue), the E Line (Expo) and the L Line (Gold) in downtown Los Angeles and will include three new stations at First Street/Central Avenue, Second Street/Broadway and Second Place/Hope Street. Metro officials said the rail line is expected to serve 88,000 riders daily, including 17,000 new riders, and save commuters up to 20 minutes by eliminating the need to transfer between the rail lines. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.
Los Angeles Daily News

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