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January 16, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Texas Officer Shot; Suspect Dead After Stealing Police Vehicle
A Forest Hill police officer was injured in a shooting and a suspect was dead after leading officers on a chase into Fort Worth in a stolen police vehicle Wednesday morning, police said. The officer was shot around 2:30 a.m. in the 6500 block of Forest Hill Drive, police said. After that, the suspect drove away in the officer's unmarked vehicle, fled east on Interstate 20 and turned north on U.S. Highway 287 toward downtown Fort Worth, police said. The vehicle was found near Riverside Drive with the suspect dead inside, police said. It was unclear how the suspect died. The suspect's name has not been released. The officer who was shot was hospitalized in unknown condition. The Texas Rangers are handling the investigation, police said.
Dallas Morning News
Gravely Wounded' Minnesota Officer Makes Steps To Recovery
A southern Minnesota police officer who was shot in the head has shown small signs in his fight for recovery, his pastor said. Waseca Officer Arik Matson remains hospitalized in critical condition. Matson was gravely wounded Jan. 6 as he and three officers responded to a call about a suspicious person roaming backyards in Waseca, a city of about 9,400 located 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Minneapolis. Matson's pastor, Kaleb Hurley, said he has a long road ahead of him, but has responded to questions by squeezing a finger or giving a thumbs-up sign, the Star Tribune reported. The bullet entered the front of Matson's head and exited the back, Hurley explained. “It's a miracle that he's alive,” he said. Tyler Janovsky, 37, the man accused of shooting Matson and firing at two other officers, has been charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder.
Associated Press

5-Year-Old Girl Shot Inside South LA Home

An investigation is underway and a five-year-old girl is fighting for her life after she was shot inside her South Los Angeles home Wednesday night, officials said. The shooting occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of E. 41st Place and Woodlawn Avenue. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, someone not associated with the family who resides at the home heard a gunshot, which prompted them to call 911. Responding officers found the young victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Officers also discovered blood in at least two different areas of the house, which included the stairs, authorities said. The little girl was rushed to LAC + USC Medical Center by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics. The young victim underwent surgery and was transferred to intensive care overnight. It's unknown where on her body she was struck. 
FOX 11

L.A. Homicides Are Down Again. Police Credit Thousands Of Extra Patrol Hours

The Los Angeles Police Department had extra boots on the street last year — more than 300,000 patrol hours of them. It's a strategy that city officials say has helped continue to drive down Los Angeles' violent crime. Homicides dropped from 260 in 2018 to 253 in 2019 — the 10 th consecutive year the city saw fewer than 300 homicides. “We needed to increase the instances that officers and the community could work together,” Chief Michel Moore said Wednesday at a news conference at the agency's downtown headquarters. “The prioritization of field work was critical.” Los Angeles is much safer than in previous decades. In 1992, almost 90,000 violent crimes were reported. Homicides rose to almost 1,100 that year before dropping sharply in the 1990s and continuing to do so in the 2000s. The number of homicides began to grow in 2014, with 2017 marking the first decrease. Last year, the LAPD added 200 personnel to the field, said Moore, who explained that the increase has proved essential despite coming at the cost of other resources.
Los Angeles Times

Burglary Suspect Seen In Surveillance Video After Allegedly Targeting Residents At West Los Angeles Apartment Complex
Surveillance video from an apartment complex on the 11000 block of Dorothy Street in Brentwood allegedly shows a man walking through the building's parking garage last week before leaving with a cart full of stolen property. "You could tell he had an M.O.," said Brentwood resident Kelly McWilliams, who is one of at least three or four victims at her complex. "He knew that coming in at 5:30 in the morning is a very bold time to be breaking and entering. That's when people are going to work, going to the gym, etc. He knew I think that carrying a briefcase, he wasn't going to look as suspicious." She says she posted the video to the Nextdoor app and realized her apartment complex wasn't the only one that's been hit in the area. "From doing that, I've had responses from other individuals in the same neighborhood that have sent back photos of the same gentleman doing the same thing," she said.

New Mental Health Units Respond To Threats At LAUSD Schools
Looking nothing like old-school police patrols, new mental health units travel in unmarked cars, wear Polos, and carry computers to gather information about a person making a threat at Los Angeles Unified schools. There are eight new mental health units evaluating and responding to threats at LAUSD schools. "Every threat is credible; every threat is real," said Sgt. Joseph Ivankay, who evaluates the credibility of school threats and oversees eight mental health evaluation teams created two years ago, after the Parkland School shootings. It's a new way of operating, to determine if counseling and medical assistance are better alternatives than traditional arrests, he said. Tony Beliz, who helped start the Los Angeles County school threat assessment response team over a decade ago, says most school shootings create an after-action report which details all the elements that led up to the incident.

Man Who Shot And Critically Wounded Bar Patron In Venice Beach Gets 20 Years In Prison
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that a man charged with shooting and critically wounding a bar patron in Venice Beach was sentenced to 20 years in state prison. Robert Leo Mewhorter, who authorities describe as a 48-year-old transient, pleaded no contest to attempted murder on Jan. 10. He admitted to firing a handgun at the victim following an argument on March 7, 2018, at the now-closed Surfside bar located at 23 Windward Ave. along the highly trafficked Venice boardwalk. Prosecutors later said Mewhorter had left the bar after the initial argument before returning later and opening fire. He was arrested across the street from the bar the following day, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He told officers at the time that he was offended by something the victim said.

Gun Deaths Inched Up In 2019
At least 15,292 people were fatally shot in The United States in 2019, excluding suicides, according to data gathered by Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks shootings. That's a roughly 3 percent increase over 2018. The number of nonfatal firearm injuries grew to 29,613, a 5 percent increase over the previous year. In 2018, gun injuries and deaths had declined for the first time since GVA began collecting data in 2014. The numbers crept higher this past year, but still fell below the peak recorded by the organization in 2017. Gun Violence Archive collects its data from law enforcement data and media reports, so these figures should be considered a preliminary accounting. As more data becomes available throughout the year, the nonprofit's final counts of fatalities and injuries may change slightly. Importantly, the nonprofit's data does not include most suicides, which make up the majority of gun deaths.
The Trace

Public Safety News

Emergency Rooms Fill Up As Flu Season Reaches Peak
Emergency rooms are filling up as the flu season reaches its peak. Dignity Health California's Director of Infectious Disease Dr. Suman Radhakrishna has been busy with sick patients suffering from the flu. “All of a sudden it stepped up in the last ten days, just about every other patient in the ICU now is diagnosed with Influenza A or B,” she said. Radhakrishna said that as flu season begins to peak, doctors have found that this year's vaccine covers most of the A strains, but just 50 to 60 percent of one type of the B strain that is making people sick. “Until recently, Tamiflu was the only prescription I was giving. There is another mediation called Baloxavir, which is a single dose, one time,” she said. “All of these medicines work if they're taken within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms.”

Local Government News

L.A. Council President: It's Time To Reexamine How We're Handling Homelessness
Nury Martinez outlined a “families first” agenda Tuesday as the new president of the Los Angeles City Council, vowing to reassess how homeless services are provided to needy residents, help struggling families and foster youth, and clean up city streets sullied with trash and encampments. “I am a child of the working poor,” said Martinez, the daughter of a dishwasher and a factory worker who emigrated from the Mexican state of Zacatecas. “And this is why I champion issues of the working poor.” Martinez is the first Latina to hold the powerful position, which gives her the authority to decide when new proposals are vetted at council meetings and choose who sits on committees that oversee crucial matters such as homelessness and the budget.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. City Council To Vote On Asking MLB To Award Championship Trophies To Dodgers

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote within the next week on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to recall the championship trophies presented to the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018 “and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers.” Councilman Gil Cedillo, one of the sponsors of the resolution, said he expects the council to approve it. As of late Wednesday, the city clerk had not yet determined what day the resolution would come up for a vote. Cedillo, whose district includes Dodger Stadium, said neither the Dodgers nor his constituents had requested the resolution. “This is an equity and justice thing,” Cedillo said. “Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They got beat by teams that were cheating."

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