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February 18, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Arizona LEO Killed In Shooting
An officer was shot and killed early Monday after responding to reports of shots fired near a casino. According to AZ Family, 26-year-old White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood responded to the call near the Hon-Dah Resort around 1 a.m. Monday and located the suspect, who "immediately engaged in a violent, physical altercation with the officer, during which the officer was shot," said Brian Swanty, chief deputy for the Navajo County Sheriff's Office. The suspect fled and was shot and killed shortly after by another officer. No one else was injured. The investigation is ongoing. Kellywood served with the department for about nine months. Prior to that he served as a detention officer for the Navajo County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Teen Killed, Two Wounded In Arleta House Party Shooting

A 17-year-old boy was killed and two other people were wounded in a shooting at a house party in Arleta on Valentine's Day. Police are looking for the shooter and two possible accomplices. Officers responded to a shots-fired call at a home in the 13400 block of Rangoon Street, near Canterbury Avenue, at 10:45 p.m. Friday and found a man in his 20s, unconscious, with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to police. The wounds to the other victims were not considered life-threatening, according to Officer Rosario Cervantes of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. A witness told police he heard at least 10 gunshots. The shooter fled in an unknown direction, possibly with two other people, police said.
FOX 11

Family Therapist Amie Harwick Killed In Hollywood Hills, Police Say
Amie Harwick, a well-known family therapist, was killed Saturday at her Hollywood Hills home by a former boyfriend, authorities said. The Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday afternoon arrested Gareth Pursehouse, 41, of Playa del Rey on suspicion of murder in Harwick's death, according to a release from the agency. He is being held on $2-million bail, according to county jail records. Harwick was previously engaged to TV star Drew Carey, and the therapist appeared in the 2015 documentary “Addicted to Sexting.” LAPD officers responded about 1:16 a.m. to a call of a woman screaming in the 2000 block of Mound Street. When officers arrived, they were met by her roommate in the street. He informed officers that Harwick was being assaulted in her home. The roommate had jumped a wall and went to neighboring residences to call for help.
Los Angeles Times

Suspect Arrested In Koreatown After Allegedly Shooting At Police During Chase
A man accused of shooting at officers during a chase was arrested after a search by police in Koreatown. The man was suspected of stealing a car and led police on a pursuit starting around 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the 101 Freeway through Silver Lake, onto streets and then back north on the 101, Los Angeles police said. As the suspect was entering the 101, he allegedly fired at officers, with several rounds hitting a patrol vehicle. The chase continued in the Rampart area, and the suspect later abandoned the vehicle on Berendo Street and Wilshire Boulevard. A perimeter was setup and a K-9 and SWAT arrived to the scene. The man was arrested around 1 a.m. Monday.

Information Sought In Hancock Park-Area Hit-and-Run Crash That Left Victim Seriously Injured
Police are seeking information about a Hancock Park-area hit-and-run crash that left a person with serious injuries last month. The crash occurred about 7:15 a.m. Jan. 30 near the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Third Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A Mitsubishi Montero was heading south on La Brea when it crashed into the victim who was walking east on Third. The driver left the scene without identifying themselves or helping the victim, who sustained serious injuries. No further information about the victim has been released. The vehicle was described as a 1998 or 1999 Montero, possibly dark green or maroon with a brush guard on the front and a spare tire mounted on the back, police said.

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Cabbie's Stabbing Death In Los Angeles
A Los Angeles man pleaded not guilty Thursday to fatally stabbing a 68-year-old taxi driver near a fast-food restaurant in downtown Los Angeles nearly three months ago. Victor Daniel Torres, 32, is charged with murder for the Nov. 15, 2019, killing of Burbank resident Oganes Papazyan, who died in a parking lot near a Burger King at Grand and Cesar E. Chavez avenues. The murder charge includes the special-circumstance allegations of murder during the commission of a carjacking and murder of a taxicab driver, along with an allegation that he used a box cutter in the commission of the crime, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Torres, who is also charged with one count each of attempted first-degree robbery of a transit operator and carjacking.

LASD Searching For Man Suspected Of Sexually Assaulting Victim Inside Apartment Near Pepperdine
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released a special bulletin Monday with security images of a man they say attacked a victim at a Malibu apartment complex near Pepperdine University. Detectives said the suspect, described as a 6 foot tall man weighing about 170 pounds with blonde hair and a long beard, entered a unit in a gated complex down the hill from the university that is largely rented by students. “She was terrified,” Erika Hoang, a student who knows the victim, said. “I can completely understand, because you want to feel safe wherever you're living.” Police said the suspect was a transient who walked in through an unlocked door. “He was very intoxicated,” Hoang said. “And he woke her up saying, ‘I'm drunk. I need help.'” 

In ‘Horrific Night' For SoCal Roads, Officials Respond To Deadly Wrong-Way Crashes In Bel-Air, Monrovia

L.A.-area officials responded to at least two fatal wrong-way crashes early Sunday, one on the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center and another on the 210 Freeway in Monrovia. "It was a horrific night on Los Angeles area streets and freeways, with multiple violent and deadly crashes, including those involving at least four wrong way drivers and/or head-on collisions," Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey wrote in a Reddit post on Sunday morning. "While cause investigations continue, driver impairment is strongly suspect." Humphrey said the night was busier than usual for the agency, which responded to 730 traffic incidents between sunset and sunrise on Sunday. The Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol confirmed two deadly collisions involving a driver heading in the wrong direction.

Three Teens Arrested After Shootings Kill 2, Hurt 10 In California
Police on Friday arrested three teens suspected of killing two people and wounding 10 others in a rash of shootings in a Southern California city. Police in Long Beach said the 16- and 17-year-old gang members are suspected of carrying out seven shootings since November. Two of the teens are being investigated for murder and attempted murder, and the third is being investigated for attempted murder, the agency said. “It is unacceptable that we have 16- and 17-year-olds who are being recruited into the gang lifestyle and choosing to terrorize, injure or end the lives of others,” Police Chief Robert Luna told reporters. Authorities searched two dozen locations in the operation and seized five handguns, a rifle and at least three pounds of methamphetamine. Ten adults were arrested in connection with other crimes such as unlawful possession of a firearm, police said. Luna declined to state the name of the gang.
FOX 11

States Are Embracing Red Flag Laws for Gun Owners. Here's How They Work.

On February 13, the New Mexico House narrowly passed a so-called red flag law and sent it to the governor's desk. The move came just weeks after the Virginia Senate passed similar legislation. Red flag laws have emerged as one of the most popular solutions to gun violence. But how do they work? And do they work at all? We break down the basics: What exactly is a red flag law? These policies have several names. While the term “red flag law” is the best known, in this story we will use “extreme risk protection order” — a verbose but more accurate description. An ERPO is a legal tool to remove firearms from people who are deemed to be at high risk of committing violence. In most of the states that have these policies, law enforcement or family members may petition a court to temporarily suspend an individual's right to possess or purchase a firearm.
The Trace

Public Safety News

Group Addresses Suicide Rate Among Firefighters, Pushes For Support and Prevention
Whether it's a house fire, a car accident, or even a helicopter crash that claimed nine lives, what firefighters see and experience over time can take a toll. Research shows Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression rates for firefighters can be five times higher than the civilian population. Just last year, more than twice as many firefighters committed suicide than died while on duty. In fact, every year since 2014, reported suicides outpace on-duty deaths for firefighters. The Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance actually believes the numbers could be worse. It estimates that only 40% of suicides are reported. If that's true, the 154 reported suicides in 2015 would be closer to 385 nationwide. "When he went on children, it just tore him up," said Sophia Johnson, widow of Los Angeles County firefighter. Billy Johnson worked for Los Angeles County Fire Department for over 20 years, earning the Medal of Valor for saving a young girl from a burning building. Sadly, he took his life in 2017.

Local Government News

Watch It Live: LA City Council District 12 Forum Tonight
The race for the Northwest San Fernando Valley's LA City Council seat winds its way to a West Hills school on Monday. LA City Councilman John Lee will face off with challengers Loraine Lundquist and Asaad Alnajjar in a forum that will be livestreamed on youtube. So, if you can't make it to the campus of deToledo High School from 6 to 7:30 pm. Monday night, no worries. You can watch it live right here on your cell phone or on your computer screen: The forum, organized by deToledo High School, the League of Women Voters and the LA Daily News, will feature a student panel who will ask questions generated through LA Daily News reader input and organizers. They'll tap into issues related to housing, homelessness, traffic and their general approach to representing a district that includes Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, North Hills, Northridge, West Hills, Granada Hills and part of Reseda.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Leaders To Consider Ban On Use Of Wild Animals At Parties
The display of wild animals at house parties, and their use for other entertainment purposes, would be banned under a proposed law that could be approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday. While circuses featuring animals have been barred in Los Angeles, at the urging of animal rights activists, the exhibition of animals at house parties and other private events for entertainment is still allowed. Councilman David Ryu, who authored the ban being considered on Tuesday, Feb. 18, said the issue came to his attention in 2016 due to reports of exotic and potentially dangerous animals being rented out to private parties in the Hollywood Hills. On one such instance, a “baby giraffe and an elephant were being marched up to the Hollywood house party, so that party-goers can poke and prod at them for a cheap thrill,” Ryu said at a recent City Council committee meeting.
Los Angeles Daily News

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