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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

May 6, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Missouri Officer Wounded In Ambush
A Webster Groves police officer has been shot, according to multiple law enforcement agencies. Police have not confirmed any information about the suspect, but a body was seen on the side of the highway a few hours after the alleged shooting. The shooting happened Tuesday evening along Interstate 44 near the Elm Avenue exit, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesperson Dallas Thompson. The officer initially stopped to help what he thought was a stranded motorist, police said. When the officer exited the car, the suspect fired at the officer. They exchanged gunfire, and both the officer and the suspect were shot several times. The call for an officer in need of aid came in at 8:30 p.m., Thompson said.

LAPD Employee Assaulted With A Rock While Jogging, Agency Says
A Los Angeles Police Department employee was attacked while jogging Tuesday morning and struck in the head with a rock, a department spokesman said. The employee was running near the LAPD Academy in Elysian Park about 9:30 a.m. when an assailant — identified by police as Danny Ramirez, 28, of Los Angeles — armed himself with a rock, hit the employee in the head and ran off with some personal property, Officer Mike Lopez said. Ramirez was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of robbery, Lopez said. He declined to specify the LAPD employee’s rank or what property was stolen. The employee suffered a head injury but is in stable condition, Lopez said.

Garcetti Joins Other Mayors To Call For More Federal Funding To Fight Violence During Pandemic
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and more than a dozen other mayors from across the country have called on Congress to provide more federal funding to fight gun violence, which has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mayors, along with the gun policy reform organization Giffords, specifically called for assistance in maintaining violence interruption programs as economic turmoil related to the coronavirus continues to create budget shortfalls. “Our emergency resources are dedicated to protecting public health and safety, but we do not have enough healthcare resources to fight both these battles,” Garcetti and the other mayors wrote. “We need our healthcare resources to combat COVID-19, and we need specific resources to tackle gun violence and support the frontline workers and organizations who are already working to do so.”

Police: Woman Attacked, Spit On Officers After Being Asked To Wear Mask In Grocery Store
Police say a Macomb County woman allegedly spit on a police officer and attacked a grocery store employee after refusing to wear a mask inside the store. The attack occurred at Nino Salvaggio grocery store in St. Clair Shores on April 26, WXYZ- Detroit reports. The 33-year-old Roseville woman allegedly entered the store and when an employee asked her to leave because she was not wearing a mask, she allegedly attacked the store employee and refused to leave. Police were called to assist with the suspect, who allegedly behaved erratically. She then allegedly attacked and spit on police officers, WXYZ- Detroit reports. She was charged with a felony of assaulting a police officer and misdemeanor assault and battery.

Bicyclist Hit By Two Vehicles, Killed In Wilmington Area
A bicyclist was hit by two vehicles and killed Tuesday in the Wilmington area, police said. The victim was injured about 5:30 a.m. on Pacific Coast Highway near Eubank Avenue and died at the scene, according to Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman. Information on his identity was not immediately available. According to the preliminary investigation, the man was riding north on Eubank Avenue across PCH when he was hit by a vehicle that was heading eastbound on PCH, and he was then hit by a vehicle that was going westbound on PCH, Eisenman said. Both motorists stopped and were interviewed by authorities, and neither was arrested or cited, she said.

Pursuit Of Stolen Box Truck Ends In Crash In Downtown Los Angeles
The driver of a stolen box truck was taken into custody at the end of a police pursuit Tuesday night after crashing the vehicle in downtown Los Angeles. The driver crashed near Los Angeles and Seventh streets about 10 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Details of where the pursuit began were not immediately available. The suspect was quickly taken into custody and treated at the scene for unknown injuries, police said. The name of the suspect was not disclosed.

Teen Charged In Connection With Fatal Stabbing Of Man In Inglewood
A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of another man in Inglewood over the weekend, officials said Tuesday. Inglewood police responded to an alley at 10400 South Prairie Avenue about 8:35 a.m. Saturday. The victim was found suffering from stab wounds to his upper torso. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The victim was identified as Horacio Maldonado, 43. Investigators found evidence at the scene that led to the identity of the suspect, Luis Casillas, who was known to them, police said. He was found and arrested that same day. The case was presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, who charged Casillas with murder, according to police.

Police Seek Public Help To Find Man With Dementia Who Walked Away From Home
A 64-year-old man with dementia walked away from his home in Inglewood, and authorities sought public help Tuesday to find him. Albert Demetruss Ivra was last seen Friday about 5 p.m. at his residence, according to the Inglewood Police Department. He is described as black, 6 feet, 6 inches tall and 170 pounds, with brown eyes, a beard and no hair on his head. He was last seen wearing a black and white Sean John jean jacket and black tennis shoes, police said. Ivra does not have any identification or a cell phone with him, according to police. He previously went missing and was found in Downey. Anyone with information about Ivra’s whereabouts was encouraged to call Detective Gordon with Inglewood Police Department’s Missing Persons Section at 310-412-5182.

When The Shootings Don’t Stop
The coronavirus landed in Milwaukee’s black communities like a spark on kindling. By the end of April, a month and a half after the virus arrived, more than 2,000 residents were infected. Black people, who account for just over a third of the population, made up two-thirds of the city’s coronavirus deaths. As the public health crisis rages, feeding on decades of compounded inequality and segregation, it’s moving alongside another fire. Milwaukee saw 48 homicides between the start of the year and April 29 — double the number during the same period in 2019. The night of Sunday, April 5, there were four separate shootings. Across America, most forms of crime have plummeted over the past month and a half. Traffic stops, burglaries, and drug offenses are down. But data collected by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks shootings in real time, shows a 6 percent increase in fatal shootings nationwide compared with the same period in each of the past three years. The first two weeks of April have been the deadliest.

Public Safety News

Crews Knock Down Aggressive Wood Pallet Fire In LA, Residents Evacuated
A large pallet fire engulfed a metal-clad building and threatened residential homes in the Central-Alameda area of Los Angeles late Tuesday night. Several residents were evacuated, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire broke out shortly before 11 p.m. in the 1700 block of E. 57th Street and quickly engulfed a 300-feet by 500-feet pellet yard. The fire was elevated to a Major Emergency Structure Fire by LAFD and approximately 116 firefighters were battling the fire as of 11:23 p.m. Fire crews deployed heavy streams and are in a defensive mode, LAFD said. LAFD said the dense storage of wood pallets fueling the fire was making it hard for crews to knock the blaze down quickly.

58 New Coronavirus Deaths In LA County, Hospitalizations Down For Fourth Straight Day
The number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County Tuesday neared the 28,000-mark as officials gear up to announce a reopening plan later this week. There were 1,638 new coronavirus cases and 58 deaths reported in L.A. County Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 27,815 and the death toll to 1,313. The high number of cases was due to both an increase in testing and a lag in reporting from commercial laboratories. However, L.A. County saw the number of hospitalizations decrease for the fourth straight, showing signs that the curve is flattening. “We will continue to track this information in hopes that we’re starting to see a leveling off or slight downward trend on our hospitalization data,” L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said.

L.A. County Officials To Release Reopening Guidelines This Week As CA Moves To Ease Coronavirus Restrictions
Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday revealed they will be tracking numerous factors ahead of reopening the economy and said they will release specific guidelines businesses and individuals can follow later this week. Public health officials will be examining mortality and hospitalization rates by age, poverty level, and race and ethnicity, as well as making sure high-risk populations have sufficient access to testing. Additionally, they will make sure they have enough hospital capacity, including ventilators and intensive care unit beds, personal protective equipment, testing capacity and supplies, and the capacity to do extended case and contact tracing. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, said as businesses start to reopen and as residents start to slowly return to normalcy, it is important that deaths don’t spike and hospitalization rates remain steady.

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Votes To Loan $75 Million To Its Coronavirus Emergency Response
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday, May 5, in favor of putting $50 million toward a COVID-19 emergency fund and $25 million to expand the Senior Meal Program, using money from the city’s Building and Safety Permit Enterprise Fund. The money is being used as a loan and it will have to be reimbursed. Councilman Paul Krekorian said of the $25 million for the senior meals program, 94% is due to be reimbursed through the state and Federal Emergency Management Agency, but the city will have to identify funding to pay back the remaining 6%. Currently, City Council members have been using their district discretionary funds to support the meal program, sometimes as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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