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September 13, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Woman Cradling 3-Year-Old Baby Struck, Killed In Playa Del Rey Hit-And-Run
A search was underway for the hit-and-run driver who killed a woman in Playa Del Rey and injured her 3-year-old son. The victim was struck by a dark-colored sedan around 10:30 p.m. Saturday while crossing Vista Del Mar to get to her vehicle. At the time, the woman was cradling her baby, who was taken to a hospital and was expected to be OK. As of Sunday, he had been released. The deceased was identified as Wendy Galdamez Palma, 33, of Downey. Galdamez was married with two boys, ages 3 and 4. A day after the tragic incident, some neighbors are saying that something needs to be done about people speeding down Vista Del Mar. Investigators said the driver of the dark-colored sedan did not stop at all after hitting two people. Members of Galdamez's family showed up at the scene early in the morning. While they did not want to speak on camera, they said that 33-year-old mother shielded her son with her own body, protecting her son from the car that killed her. The crash remains under investigation by the LAPD for felony hit-and-run. The suspect vehicle is believed to have sustained significant front-end damage. Anyone with more information was asked to call the LAPD. CBS 2

LAPD Investigating After Deadly Shooting In East Hollywood
Homicide detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department were investigating after a man was shot to death in East Hollywood early Friday morning. The shooting was reported around 3:05 a.m. near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. Witnesses said they heard about six shots and believe that the victim may have been running from the gunman. When paramedics arrived, the victim was unconscious and he was pronounced dead at the scene. No further information has been released.  FOX 11

Man Found Shot To Death In Los Angeles Park Hiking Trail
A man was found shot to death Friday on a trail in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Northeast Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Fire Department received a call just before 3:30 p.m. from a person who discovered the man unresponsive and not breathing on a paved trailed north of the park's picnic grounds, the department's Brian Humphrey said. The LAFD dispatcher instructed the caller to perform lifesaving measures on the man as paramedics were sent to the scene. LAFD paramedics took over resuscitation attempts once they arrived, but found the man was beyond help and declared him dead at the scene, Humphrey said. His name was not immediately released pending notification of his next of kin. While administering CPR, paramedics discovered the man appeared to have suffered an unspecified wound, and cordoned off the area to allow for a Los Angeles Police Department investigation, Humphrey said. LAPD detectives arrived and determined the man was killed by a gunshot wound, though it was not immediately known when the shooting occurred, Officer Rosario Cervantes said.  NBC 4

Authorities Renew Calls For Public's Help For Information In Connection With Sylmar Homicide
A 36-year-old woman was killed inside her Sylmar residence last week, and on Sunday, police renewed calls for the public's help in identifying the suspect or suspects involved. Last Tuesday, officers responded to the 14500 block of Lyle Street following a call of a possible homicide. When they arrived, they located Virgina Cantero who they said had been a victim of a violent homicide. Homicide detectives with the Valley Bureau were working with the Los Angeles County coroner's office to investigate Cantero's death. Witnesses were being sought. Anyone with more information was asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-9550. CBS 2

Man Shot And Killed In San Fernando Valley Saturday Night
A 27-year-old man was shot and killed in his Canoga Park apartment Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 7000 block of Vassar Avenue at 8:45 p.m., and when they arrived, they found a Filipino man who had been shot twice. The LAPD is not yet revealing the man's identity, pending notification of next of kin. Police have no descriptions of the shooter or shooters, and anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 818-374-9550. KTLA 5

Man Critically Wounded In West Adams Shooting
A man was critically wounded when he was shot in the stomach in the West Adams area of Los Angeles, authorities said Sunday. The shooting was reported at 9:14 p.m. Saturday at 36th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard, according to Officer G. Todd of the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. The 37-year-old man was in his vehicle when another vehicle pulled alongside him and someone fired gunshots at him, Todd said. Paramedics rushed the man to a hospital in critical condition, he said. Suspect information was not available.

LAPD Seeks Assailant In Stabbings Near La Brea Avenue
Police are asking for the public's help after multiple people were stabbed Saturday morning. The first call about a stabbing came in at approximately 9:15 a.m., when a female jogger reported that she was stopped by a man and stabbed in her upper torso with a knife, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division. The woman told police she was stabbed after she stopped running and removed her headphones to hear what the man was yelling at her. The man ran from the scene, though police received another call a few minutes later about a man fitting the same description threatening others with a knife. At about 9:35 a.m., officers found another victim bleeding from their face at Washington Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. All victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials believe all of these reports involve the same man, a bald Black man who appears to be about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. At the time of the assaults, he was wearing a baggy purple shirt and gray cargo shorts. Anyone with information is asked to call Wilshire Major Assault Crime Detectives at 213-922-8235. KTLA 5

Police Seek Woman In Larry Elder Attack As His Supporters Claim A Double Standard
As the Los Angeles police investigators try to identify a woman wearing a gorilla mask who threw an egg at Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder in Venice, some of the talk show host's supporters are complaining that the Wednesday incident that forced Elder to cut his campaigning short is not generating more outrage. The gorilla mask prompted conservative commentators to suggest that the incident was racially motivated, given the white supremacist history of dehumanizing Black people with ape imagery. Two law enforcement sources told The Times on Friday that the department was working the case as a misdemeanor battery because the woman gave no indication she was moved by hate in a video taken at the scene. But they stressed that no decision will be made until she's identified and police get more details about what happened. The altercation occurred when Elder, as part of his “Recall Express” campaign bus tour, was visiting homeless encampments Wednesday morning when he was angrily surrounded by a group of homeless people and advocates. Los Angeles Times

Man Killed In Early Morning Shooting In Compton
A man was shot and killed in Compton Saturday and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives are looking for suspects in the shooting. Deputies were called at 3 a.m. to Gateway Drive and Greenleaf Boulevard where they found the male victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information available at this time. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at .

Watch: Traffic Stop Ends With Fatal Shootout, Florida Deputy Wounded
A Brevard County deputy sheriff was injured and an occupant of a vehicle stopped by deputies was killed in a shootout Monday afternoon, officials said. The occupant of the vehicle, who was not identified, opened fire on two deputies conducting the traffic stop on State Road 192 near Interstate 95 about 1 p.m. Monday, said Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey. The man who was killed was a passenger in the vehicle with two other people, including a 2-month-old baby, Ivey said. When he was asked to exit the vehicle, the occupant took a short stock rifle and fired it at the deputy closest to him in the lower leg. The deputies returned fire, killing the person. One deputy was injured in the shooting, but he is expected to make a full recovery, Ivey said. In a video posted to Facebook, Ivey declined to name the occupant but called him a “career criminal” and decried the criminal justice system for allowing him to be out on bond. “He deserves exactly what he got, and now he can't ever harm anyone else,” the sheriff said. Orlando Sentinel

Texas LEO Collapses, Dies After Traffic Stop And Foot Pursuit
Grayson County's Sheriff's Office lost one of its own Wednesday evening. 38-year-old investigator Dusty Wainscott died in the line of duty after having been with the department for 13 years. GCSO announced the death in a social media post Wednesday evening, but held a news conference on the event Thursday morning. "Tonight at approximately 7 p.m., GCSO investigators where conducting a traffic stop in the area of Park Place and McGee St in Sherman. Investigators apprehended the suspects after a short foot pursuit and physical altercation. After the altercation, one of our investigators collapsed and died," the post said. Wainscott received medical treatment at the scene and then was transported to Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center where he died. Sheriff Tom Watt appeared to fight back emotions as he talked about Wainscott's death. "He served this county with integrity and pride," Watt said. "His passing will leave a tremendous void in our agency and in our county. Dusty was one of the good ones. He had work ethic like you can't imagine. Those that knew him intimately knew a sense of humor that was sometimes a little different than everybody else's. He could make you laugh on a dime." Herald Democrat

Tennessee Officer Dies After Being Found Unresponsive At Police Station
The Ripley Police Department is in mourning after Officer Tim Mullen dies late Wednesday while on duty. According to WREG, Mullen was taken to the hospital after a staff member found him unresponsive at the police station. Mullen died despite life-saving efforts. Mullen had worked with the department for over a decade, according to police. “Officer Tim Mullen will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of the Ripley Police Department and this community,” the department wrote on Facebook “Tim was an amazing police officer, a friend to many, and a wonderful husband.”  PoliceOne

Public Safety News

Los Angeles County Sees 3 Consecutive Weeks Of Decline In Weekly Infection Rate
The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals fell slightly today, declining from 1,226 to 1,218 for its 13th consecutive decrease. The number of those patients in intensive care dropped from 368 to 360, according to state figures. The county is not reporting daily COVID-19 case and death numbers Saturday or Sunday, with officials saying the health department will be working on upgrades to its data processing systems. The data will still be collected, however, and will be reported early this week. On Friday, the department reported 50 coronavirus-related deaths and 2,024 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county's totals to 1,427,817 cases and 25,611 fatalities since the pandemic began. However, officials also said Los Angeles County has seen three consecutive weeks of decline in its weekly infection rate, an improvement the public health director attributed in part to mask mandates and slowly rising vaccination numbers. NBC 4

L.A. County Contact Tracers Struggle To Reach, Interview People With COVID-19
Los Angeles County has continued to struggle to reach people infected with the coronavirus as the pandemic drags on, with contract tracers interviewing only around 40% of the people they were tasked with reaching during the last week of August. That number has slumped since last summer, when contact tracers were interviewing as many as 70% of the infected residents whose cases they were assigned per week. The contact tracing system — considered a key tool in slowing the spread of the virus — has faced obstacles from the start of the pandemic, when it repeatedly faltered in containing workplace outbreaks. Now contact tracers, who are tasked with ensuring that infected people isolate themselves, notifying others who may have been exposed and offering county resources, are finding it increasingly difficult to reach people and get them to agree to an interview. Public health officials worry that younger people — who now make up a larger share of coronavirus infections since seniors have gotten vaccinated at higher rates — may be less likely to answer a phone call from an unfamiliar number. Los Angeles Times

Weather Helps Firefighters Make Progress Against California Blazes
Improved weather conditions helped crews make progress fighting two massive wildfires in Northern California this weekend, but challenges still loomed as they sought to wrestle hundreds of miles of open fire lines under control. The Dixie fire north of Sacramento had burned 959,253 acres and was 62% contained as of early Saturday, officials said. About 426 people remained evacuated, with those in the Old Station area ordered to flee earlier this week. Roughly 100 miles to the southeast, the Caldor fire was at 218,489 acres and 60% contained, with about 10,000 people still unable to return to their homes. The blazes were straining resources amid an intense fire season that experts say has been stoked by the interplay of climate change, drought and a buildup of vegetation in Western U.S. forests. “This fire season started early,” said Josh Rubinstein, public information officer with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “And we still have the rest of September and October, and projected into November, yet to come.” The Dixie fire grew by about 8,000 acres overnight, mostly on the northern end in Lassen Volcanic National Park, according to authorities. Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA Postpones Its First Vaccine Deadline For City Workers
The City of Los Angeles has extended the deadline by which all of its employees were to provide proof of at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or make a formal request for a religious or medical exemption. Several city officials, who were not authorized to speak to reporters about the effort, said as the first deadline passed on Monday, Sept. 7, roughly one-quarter of the CIty's workers had failed to complete an online form. Some employees told their labor representatives that the online form for submitting the information was not working. The deadline for submissions is now set for Sept. 13, the officials said. The extension for compliance was set during a closed-door meeting of the City's Executive Employee Relations Committee, or EERC, that met late Wednesday to discuss the status of the vaccination mandate and possible methods of enforcement. NBC 4

LA Metro Service Returns To Pre-Pandemic Levels
Metro bus service will return to pre-pandemic levels today, with service added on dozens of bus lines. L.A. Metro initially planned a return to pre-pandemic levels in September 2022, then December 2021, but the date was moved to September 2021 thanks to $1.6 billion allocated to the L.A. region's transit systems from the federal American Rescue Plan. While service returns Sunday to the same 7 million annualized service hours, which was the level before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the network is not the exact same as it was pre-pandemic due to Metro implementing its NextGen Bus Plan service improvements since December 2020. Effective this week, additional trips every day of the week were added to bus lines 2, 4, 16, 33, 45, 55, 70, 76, 92, 110, 117, 152, 162, 165, 169, 206, 212, 224, 242/243, 246, 258, 602 and 690.  WestSide Current

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