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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

November 16, 2020
Law Enforcement News

2 Women Shot, Killed At Warehouse Party In South Los Angeles
Two women were shot and killed at a warehouse party in South Los Angeles, authorities said. Investigators said the women were at a large gathering overnight when the incidents unfolded on S. Hill Street and West 32nd Street. Before 2 a.m. Sunday, authorities received the first call of shots being fired. When they arrived, they found a large group of people at the scene. One of the victims was found on the sidewalk near the warehouse, while the second victim was pronounced dead inside the warehouse. Police said both women appear to be in their 20s or early 30s. “At this point, we are processing the scene,” said Lt. Ryan Rabbett of the LAPD. “We have canvassed the area, we have located cameras. We have talked to witnesses. And right now, the detectives are continuing that effort to get this scene processed.”

Tow Truck Driver Shot to Death While Working on Car in Downtown LA
A tow truck driver working on a stalled vehicle in downtown Los Angeles was shot to death, authorities said Monday. It happened at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at 8th and Mateo streets, said Officer A. Delatorre of the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. A witness heard a shot and found the 26-year-old man bleeding from the neck, Delatorre said.

Two Shot In South LA Area; Suspect Sought
Paramedics and police surrounded a car in South Los Angeles Friday after two people were shot and the gunman remained at large. The shooting occurred shortly after 12 p.m. at 104th Street and Broadway, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victims were able to drive themselves to a medical plaza on South Main Street, where their vehicle remained as police investigated. The wounded pair was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The suspect, described only as a man, fled and remained at large as of Friday evening. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call police at 877- LAPD-247.

LAPD Releases Video Of Suspect Sought In Deadly Westlake Shooting
Surveillance footage released by the Los Angeles Police Department Friday shows a man suspected of shooting and killing another man in L.A.’s Westlake neighborhood earlier this year. Homicide detectives continue to search for the man, who police believe killed 48-year-old Erik Perez as he walked through the 900 block of South Alvarado Street on Jan. 6. Perez was on a sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest when officers responded around 7:30 p.m., according to LAPD. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Investigators believe the shooter was walking southbound along the east sidewalk of Alvarado when he stopped, turned around and shouted at Perez, according to LAPD. It’s not clear what was said but Perez then turned and faced the suspect. Both men then walked toward each other, and the suspect pulled a handgun from his waistband, police said. The suspect then fired a single shot, wounding Perez in the chest before fleeing southbound on Alvarado to eastbound Olympic Boulevard.

One Person Shot, Second Person Injured In Shooting At ARCO Station In South LA
A man was injured by gunfire and another person sustained a shrapnel wound on Saturday in a shooting at an ARCO gas station in South Los Angeles. The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. near the intersection of Grand and Gage avenues, Los Angeles police Sgt. Juan Guerra said. The victims were transported to a hospital for treatment. Their conditions are unknown. A motive for the shooting was not yet known, he said. No suspect information was immediately available.

Of The San Fernando Valley’s 52 Homicides In 2019, Only Michael Kelly’s Remains Unsolved
On Feb. 15, 2019, a dark-colored sedan cruises north on Van Nuys Boulevard, where it cuts through row after row of squat, suburban homes in the San Fernando Valley’s northeastern corner. This is dense and historic Pacoima, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with a deeply rooted Hispanic culture. The driver of the sedan, shrouded inside, drifts toward Glenoaks Boulevard. Up ahead, two young men walk across Van Nuys. It’s 8 p.m. on a Friday, cold and rainy. But there are still plenty of people inside the stores of the VanGlen Center, an aging strip mall on the corner. Some are eating at a mariscos restaurant, others shopping at a T-Mobile store. A tax-preparing business is still busy. The car is in the leftmost lane but suddenly swoops all the way to the right so that it’s hugging the curb. The driver makes a right onto Glenoaks. The two men are now on the sidewalk, a few feet from the car. The passenger-side window rolls down, and a .40-caliber handgun is pointed at them. “Do you ‘bang?!” a man from the car yells out. Michael Kelly, 18 years old, answers: “No.” And immediately the man with the gun squeezes the trigger five times.

$25K Reward Offered For Info On Driver In Hit-and-Run Crash Caught On Camera In Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking help in identifying the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash in downtown that was caught on camera. Just before 7 a.m. Sunday morning, the driver of a dark-colored vehicle ran a red light, into oncoming traffic, and smashed into a man who was crossing the intersection at 7th Street and Broadway, according to the department. Surveillance video shows the driver pulled over a block from the scene of the crash and got out to check if the vehicle had been damaged, and then continued driving. The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries. Additional details about the man's condition were not immediately available. Authorities described the driver as a "heavy-set" man or woman wearing a yellow vest. The vehicle is believed to be a dark-colored Dodge Avenger. A $25,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information leading to the driver's identity or arrest. Those with any details on the crash are urged to contact detectives at (213) 833-3713.

Man Fatally Shot In Florence-Firestone Area
A man believed to be in his 60s was found shot to death Sunday in his home in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone area. The shooting was first reported as a rescue response call just before 4 p.m. in the 8700 block of Bandera Street, between the Harbor (110) and Long Beach (710) freeways, near Huntington Park, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Koerner. “The call indicated that a friend of the victim had arrived at the house and while looking through a window, saw the victim on his sofa, unresponsive,” Koerner said. “Deputies arrived on scene and made entry into the location and saw the victim was suffering from one gunshot wound to the upper torso,” he said. The man, whose name was withheld, was pronounced dead at the scene, Koerner said. A motive for the shooting was unknown and suspect information was not immediately available. Anyone with information on this killing was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Off-Duty L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Is Wounded In Gunfight
An off-duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy was wounded in a gunfight early Sunday in unincorporated East Los Angeles. A statement released by the Sheriff’s Department said the deputy, who was not identified, was driving with two passengers in the 800 block of North Hazard Avenue about 2:25 a.m. when he was approached by a Latino man about 20 years old. The man fired at the deputy with a handgun, and the deputy returned fire, the statement said. The deputy was struck one time in the lower body and drove himself to a hospital for treatment. His wound was not life-threatening. The suspect, who ran, was reported to be wearing a red sweatshirt and black shorts. The deputy’s two passengers were not injured.

CHP Plans Education, Enforcement To Curb Street Racing In LA Area
The California Highway Patrol has announced the kick-off of a campaign to educate motorists about the dangers of street racing, highway takeovers and sideshows through enforcement and events. “Speed is the No. 1 cause of traffic crashes in California, and combined with aggressive driving, contributes a significant portion of serious crashes,” CHP Sgt. Rob Ruiz said in a news release. During the 2017-2018 federal fiscal year, there were more than 25,828 speed-related crashes resulting in 113 deaths and more than 30,000 injuries, the CHP said. The agency received a one-year federal traffic safety grant titled “Communities Against Racing and Sideshows” (CARS) to carry out the education and enforcement campaign in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Besides stepped-up enforcement, the CHP will conduct focused enforcement and outreach events for motorists, including teens. Sideshows are takeovers of public intersections and private lots to stage automotive stunts while bystanders look on, many dangerously close to the cars.

Suspect In Arkansas Cop's Shooting Death Captured
A man wanted in the fatal shooting of a police officer in eastern Arkansas was arrested Friday in northwest Mississippi, according to Arkansas State Police. Latarius Howard, 29, surrendered to U.S marshals shortly after 6 a.m. in Shaw, Mississippi, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said. Howard was wanted in a previous shooting that wounded a man when Helena-West Helena Officer Travis Wallace stopped an SUV on Thursday after seeing Howard in the passenger seat, Sadler said. Howard then got out of the vehicle and opened fire, striking Wallace, 41, who returned fire, according to Sadler. Wallace died at a hospital, while Howard was apparently not injured, Sadler said. A second officer at the scene was not injured, according to Helena-West Helena Police Chief James Smith, and the vehicle in which Howard as a passenger fled the city, which is about 100 miles (161 kilometers) east of Little Rock.

Public Safety News

LA County Coronavirus Surge Continues With 3,061 New Cases
Los Angeles County reported 3,061 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths Sunday, bringing the county's totals to 339,560 cases and 7,269 fatalities. The low number of deaths reflects reporting delays over the weekend, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The high number of cases, however, is a continuing concern, coming day after the county reported 3,780 new cases for the highest number of positive cases in one day, not associated with a backlog, since mid-July. The number of L.A. County residents hospitalized with the virus surpassed 1,000 on Sunday for the first time in months, jumping from 966 on Saturday to 1,014, with 27% in intensive care. The department said last week that the elevated number of cases in recent days reflects increased testing across the county. Nearly 3,386,000 individuals have been tested as of Sunday, with 9% of all people testing positive.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Says LA County Public Health Could Propose Curfew As Coronavirus Cases Spike Locally
As hospitals throughout Los Angeles County are once again seeing a spike in coronavirus patients, Los Angeles County could be looking at taking a step back to help slow the spread. Just this weekend, more than 1,000 people with coronavirus were hospitalized countywide and 27% of them are in the ICU. The way things are going, it does appear some new restrictions could be on the way. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas released the following statement, saying: “We are expecting (the L.A. County Department of Public Health) to propose a set of recommendations for the board to consider this week… Potential options could be instituting a curfew so businesses do not have to completely close down again, but are more limited to essential activities.” The increase in cases is not only pushing officials to take actions but locals, too, are becoming more anxious.

Local Government News

L.A. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell Hosts Monthly Food Box Distribution
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, partnering with the Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund, and the Sustainable Economic Enterprises of L.A. hosted their first monthly food box distribution to aid residents of Council District 13 on Saturday in Chinatown at O’Farrell’s district office. They sought to help those who found themselves facing economic difficulties due to the pandemic. The food distributions will take place on the second Friday of every month through 2021, a Thursday news release said. “As my constituents continue to struggle due to the pandemic, my office is doubling down on our efforts to keep people fed and housed, moving forward with our work to help our most vulnerable residents and their families,” O’Farrell said in a statement. Residents in the 13th Council District can register for the monthly event by emailing Julio Ramos of the Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund at

Parking Enforcement, Citations Resume In Areas Of Los Angeles County
Parking enforcement, citations and vehicle towing resumed Sunday in all unincorporated Los Angeles County areas after being halted at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Also back in effect Sunday, are citations for posted street sweeping time violations, blocked emergency access such as driveways and fire hydrants, expired registrations and for vehicles that appear abandoned. Notices on red-tagged vehicles may also again result in towing and impounding of tagged vehicles within 72 hours. Parking enforcement was temporarily suspended in March after Los Angeles County’s Health Officer issued Safer-At-Home orders, but officials said it’s now time to adjust for challenges caused by inclement winter weather. “With the winter storm season approaching L.A. County needs to keep streets clean and clear,” Steven Frasher, spokesman for the county’s Public Works Department, said in a statement.

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