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October 12, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Gunman Kills Woman On Metro Train In Hollywood; Suspect Remains At Large
Police were searching Sunday morning for a gunman who shot and killed a fellow passenger on a predawn Metro train in Hollywood. The fatal shooting occurred shortly after 5 a.m. as the B Line train was stopped at the Hollywood and Vine station, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. Witnesses told police officers that the gunman had been pacing the train in an agitated manner as it moved between stations and got into an argument with a woman seated near him in the car, the release said. After the train pulled into the station, the man shot the woman and then “exited the train onto Hollywood Boulevard in an unknown direction,” police said. Fellow passengers performed CPR before police arrived, according to City News Service, but the victim, who was not identified, died at a hospital. The suspect was described as a Latino man in a blue jacket, blue shorts, a dark hat and a surgical mask. LAPD asked that anyone with information contact West Bureau homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470. Los Angeles Times

LA Police Officer And Firefighter Fall Ill After Coming In Contact With Patient During Call
An LAPD officer and an L.A. firefighter are recovering Monday morning after they suddenly fell ill when they came in contact with a patient outside of a Walgreens in downtown. It happened at the store on 7th Street around 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, according to authorities. The two agencies were responding to a call about a fight at the store. The officer and the firefighter suffered blurred vision and tingling hands. According to an update issued Monday morning, LAPD says it's unclear what drug was detected on the scene but tests for fentanyl came back negative. The fire department reported the presence of cocaine. The officer and firefighter received decontamination showers and were ultimately released from the hospital. They're expected to make a full recovery. ABC 7

Suspect Killed After Going On Violent Crime Spree In Downtown LA; Hostage Rescued
A suspect, who took a woman hostage, was shot and killed after going on a violent crime spree in downtown LA Friday evening. Part of the hostage situation was caught on video. Just after 4 p.m. the Los Angeles Police Department began receiving calls of a man armed with a gun in the area of 8th and Broadway. According to police, the suspect randomly approached a man on the sidewalk, pulled out a gun, pointed it to the man's face and pulled the trigger. Fortunately the gun did not fire. Police say after that incident the suspect went into a business in the 700 block of Broadway. Three family members were inside the businesses including a 14-year-old boy. The suspect pointed a gun at the group and opened fired…causing one of the bullets to graze the side of the teen's head. Following that crime, the suspect then made his way to the area of 6th and Spring where he attempted to carjack a woman, police said in a statement Friday. The suspect's attempt was unsuccessful and he fled up the street to the intersection of 7th and Spring where he later got into a confrontation with a man on his bike. At this point security officers in the area flagged down officers. Once officers attempted to make contact with the suspect he fled and ran into an apartment complex on 6th and Main. The suspect had barricaded himself inside one of the units with a hostage.  FOX 11

Cities Across The U.S. Are Restoring Police Budgets After Temporary Defunding
Per a New York Times report, increased crime rates and public pressure from pro-police political groups have led to funding reversals for law enforcement departments nationwide. Local leaders in cities across America are ramping up previously reduced funding allocations for law enforcement departments as crime rates have risen and pressure from the public has seemingly decreased, the New York Times reported. Following the murder of George Floyd and the killing of Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of law enforcement officers in 2020, a tidal wave of worldwide protests affiliated with the Black Lives Matter Movement ensued, promoting, among other things, meaningful police accountability and reform action. Many advocates of the movement have demanded that police funding be reduced in order to commit more money towards community care networks that could mitigate the systemic factors that push many towards crime in the first place. Several U.S. cities complied — at least temporarily. Now, per the  Times , departments whose budgets were slashed are being given the money back. The New York Police Department, for example, was allocated an additional $200 million following a budget passed in June, the Los Angeles Police Department was given a 3% funding boost in April, and the Burlington Police Department in Vermont was allocated nearly $1 million.  Yahoo! News

Suspect Arrested In Sexual Assault Of Homeless Woman Sleeping Under Business' Security Camera
A man was arrested in the sexual assault of a homeless woman who was sleeping on a sidewalk outside a business in the San Fernando Valley, according to Los Angeles police. The woman was sleeping outside a Sepulveda Boulevard business, under a security camera and light, when she was attacked at about 2:30 a.m. in Van Nuys. “It's a pretty brazen attack,” said LAPD detective Jeff Briscoe. “It's likely he's done it before. “She was sound asleep under a fully lit canopy.” Video showed the woman in what appears to be a sleeping bag when the man approached. She tried to push him away and took out a cell phone. That's when the man lunged at her with his pants down. Briscoe she the woman fought off the man, kicking him and swinging at him with an empty bucket. About nine minutes later, the man returned wearing only a shirt, socks and underpants. “This time, he's removed his shoes and his pants, and he exposes himself, and attempts to have an unwanted sexual encounter with the victim,” Briscoe said. The man appeared to have distinctive tattoos, including cross on the back of his neck. Details about the arrest of the 30-year-old suspect were not immediately available. A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday. Police responded to at least five similar cases involving homeless people in the last year, the LAPD said.  NBC 4

Woman Shot On Watts Street
A 34-year-old woman was wounded Saturday evening in a shooting in front of a Watts apartment. The shooting was reported at 6:30 p.m. at 2225 E.115th St., according to a desk officer at the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. The woman was standing in front of the apartment building when she heard gunshots, then realized she had been wounded, he said. Paramedics took her to a hospital, where she was listed with stable vital signs, he said. A suspect description was not available.

Authorities Seek Public's Help To ID Person Who Stabbed 25-Year-Old Man In Woodland Hills
The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the person responsible for fatally stabbing at 25-year-old man Sunday in Woodland Hills. Around 2:00 a.m., officers responded to a call about a stabbing at an apartment complex in the 22100 block of Erwin Street, the department said in a news release. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries. The victim was identified as 25-year-old Christopher Westley Pearson, the LAPD said. Pearson was stabbed during a verbal dispute with another man, according to the department. Information on the assailant was not yet available. The cause of the dispute is still unknown, police said. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the LAPD Valley Bureau Homicide at 818-374-9550. KTLA 5

Man Taken Into Custody After Barricading Self In South L.A. Liquor Store For Hours
A man surrendered to authorities after several hours of barricading himself inside a liquor store in the Florence-Firestone area of unincorporated South Los Angeles Friday, officials said. In a news release, the Sheriff's Department said deputies received reports of three people who were assaulted with a deadly weapon about 4:05 p.m. Deputy Miguel Meza-Palomo, a public information officer for the agency, said the incident began with a woman reporting to police that a man had pulled a long gun on her son. Based on the vehicle description provided by the woman, police located the car and ran its plates to discover that it had been used in a past carjacking, Meza-Palomo added. Deputies attempted a traffic stop, but instead of stopping, the driver exited the car, ran into a liquor store in the 6500 block of Holmes Avenue and barricaded himself in the store with three people still inside, officials said. After a few hours, the three people inside the store when the standoff began were freed, and the man surrendered and was taken into custody “without further incident,” the Sheriff's Department said. Meza-Palomo said the long gun was determined to be a BB gun, though a pistol was also recovered. KTLA 5

2 People Die In Murder-Suicide In North Hills, LAPD Says
Two people were found dead from gunshot wounds on Saturday, Oct. 9, in what the Los Angeles Police Department said it believes was a murder-suicide. Police were called to the 15400 block of Rayen Street in North Hills at 2:23 p.m., Officer Jeff Lee said. Police found a woman in her 50s dead, and the person who shot her unresponsive and suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Lee said. Paramedics pronounced both people dead. Lee did not have any description of the second person.  Los Angeles Daily News

Man Found Dead In Water Near Venice Fishing Pier
Authorities are continuing their investigation into a man found dead in the Venice beach waters on Saturday morning. A jogger spotted the body inside the waters at the 3000 block of Ocean Front Walk near the Venice Fishing Pier, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The LAPD and LA County Lifeguard responded to the 911 call and pulled the body out of the water. It's unclear how long the man was in the water or how he got there. Authorities say the deceased man is approximately 30-years-old. The man has not been identified yet and due to the body's advanced decomposition, the LA County Coroner's Office will determine the cause of death. CBS 2

Chase: LAPD Pursuit Of Stolen SUV Ends In El Sereno With 2 Suspects In Custody
Two suspects in a stolen SUV were taken into custody after a chase through Los Angeles Monday night. AIR7 HD was over the scene around 9:10 p.m. as the driver was traveling on surface streets in East L.A. and then went onto the northbound 110 Freeway toward downtown. Around 30 minutes later, the driver stopped on Huntington Drive in El Sereno and exited the vehicle alongside a passenger. Both surrendered without incident. The Los Angeles Police Department said they were taken into custody on suspicion of felony evasion. During the course of the chase, the driver at times would drive erratically - racing through neighborhoods and colliding with another car. LAPD said the suspects were in a Toyota RAV4 that was stolen Sunday in City Terrace. In that incident, a person was shot and had the vehicle stolen. It wasn't immediately clear if the two suspects taken into custody were sought in connection to Sunday's carjacking and shooting. ABC 7

4 Shops Owned By Same Business Owner Broken Into Within 4 Days In Glendale, Simi Valley And North Hollywood
Four eateries owned by the same business owner were all broken into within four days of each other, the latest being in Glendale Monday morning. Arthur Arushanyan says he received one call after another about his businesses being burglarized: on Friday, a PokiTomik location in Simi Valley; on Saturday, right next door, his ice cream shop Whats Rollin; hours later, another PokiTomik in North Hollywood; and Monday at 5 a.m., the PokiTomik location in Glendale. “It's tough because money comes and goes but emotionally, me and my wife have been on it because every morning now we are getting a call from another location broken into,” Arushanyan told KTLA. Surveillance video shows the thieves breaking into the Simi Valley eatery, breaking a small window and crawling to get to the registers and the safe. The safe contained not only about a weeks worth of cash but also all of the employees' tips, Arushanyan says, adding that he's going to replace the tips out of pocket. Video from the North Hollywood location shows a man breaking the window and waiting behind a getaway car, a silver Mercedes, as his accomplice breaks in. The accomplice is seen wearing the same outfit as in the previous break-in, but this time, he is captured without a mask. KTLA 5

Newsom Signs Bills Restricting Sentencing Enhancements For Many Crimes
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed laws aimed at reducing prison sentences for people convicted of drug- and gang-related crimes, despite concerns from prosecutors that the measures will hinder their effort to protect Californians. Legislation signed by the governor includes Senate Bill 81, which seeks to reduce the number of sentence enhancements in criminal cases that can double prison terms. More than 150 enhancements exist for aggravating factors that include prior criminal records, use of a gun in the commission of a crime and offenses involving minors. The California State Sheriffs' Assn. opposes SB 81 “because it will likely result in many otherwise appropriate sentence enhancements being dismissed,” said Cory Salzillo, the group's legislative director. A companion measure signed by Newsom, SB 483, allows the retroactive repeal of sentence enhancements for prior prison or county jail felony terms. The governor also signed Assembly Bill 333, which restricts the use of sentence enhancements for alleged gang crimes. The measure was opposed by the California District Attorneys Assn., which said it shows a misunderstanding of the way street gangs operate by requiring prosecutors to show a crime was committed to advance a gang as an organization. “Street gangs don't operate that way,” “We are seeing crimes throughout the state of California up dramatically directly related to gangs,” said El Dorado County Dist. Atty. Vern Pierson, president of the association . “Unquestionably [the new law] will hamper our ability to go after criminal street gangs.” Los Angeles Times

Georgia Police Officer, 26, Shot To Death In First Shift On Job
A man accused of gunning down a Georgia police officer during his first shift with the department ambushed him in retaliation for the officer's arrest of an associate hours earlier, authorities said Sunday evening. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 43-year-old Damien Anthony Ferguson has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Officer Dylan Harrison outside the Alamo Police Department early Saturday. Harrison 26, was in law enforcement since 2018, reports CBS Macon affiliate WMAZ-TV. Before becoming a police officer, he had jobs with the east Dublin, Georgia police and an Oklahoma Drug Task Force. Harrison was also a firefighter and paramedic, the station says. On Friday afternoon, Harrison approached a driver in the parking lot of the Circle K convenience store across from the police department after he observed a traffic violation, authorities said. The driver refused to identify himself and the interaction escalated when the man pushed Harrison. Harrison used his Taser, arrested the man and took him to jail, authorities said. "It is believed that the ambush-style attack on Officer Harrison was retaliation for the incident and arrest of the man," the bureau said in a statement. They did not identify the man. CBS News

Arizona Deputy Dies After Being Beaten Unconscious By Suspect
A Phoenix sheriff's deputy succumbed to his injuries Monday after being beaten unconscious over the weekend. Juan Miguel Ruiz, a three-year veteran of the force, responded to a call Saturday around 11 a.m. about a suspicious person, later identified as 30-year-old Clinton Robert Hurley, Sheriff Paul Penzone said during a press conference Monday. The deputies were unable to locate Hurley and returned later that night, eventually tracking him down and taking him into custody around 9:30 p.m. Ruiz escorted Hurley back to a Maricopa County substation, brought him into the holding area and removed his handcuffs, according to Penzone. Hurley was “initially passively resistant, then turned on the deputy and a fight ensued,” the sheriff said. “During the fight, on several occasions, Deputy Ruiz attempted to transmit for assistance on his radio unsuccessfully,” Penzone said. “The suspect beat him unconscious.” Ruiz was found unconscious and taken to the hospital by paramedics. He was placed on life support and his family is now arranging to have his organs donated. New York Daily News

Public Safety News

One Dead, 4 Injured In South LA House Fire
One person was found dead and another four people injured in a house fire in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Florence-Graham late Monday night. The fire was reported at 11:43 p.m. in the 8700 block of Compton Avenue. According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, crews responded and quickly knocked down the blaze. However, one person was found dead at the scene. Four others were rushed to local hospitals in unknown condition, the fire department said. No names were released. The cause and circumstances of the fire were unknown. CBS 2

LAFD Investigating RV Fire Near Venice Whole Foods
The Los Angeles Fire Department says the cause of a fire that destroyed an RV outside Whole Foods remains unknown. Firefighters say they received a call for a structure fire around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at 225 Lincoln Boulevard. Twenty-five personnel were sent to combat the fire. One truck put out the RV fire while other firefighters worked to make sure the fire did not spread to Whole Foods. No one was injured. The fire remains under investigation.   WestSide Current

COVID Hospitalizations Continue Drop From Summer Peak In LA County
The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals continues to fall, declining from 670 on Saturday to 656, according to state figures released Sunday. The number of those patients in intensive care remained the same at 202. It was the 36th time in the past 41 days that the number of COVID patients in county hospitals declined, down from a summer peak of nearly 1,800 brought on by the more contagious Delta variant. The latest hospitalization numbers came one day after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 1,195 new cases of COVID-19 and 28 additional deaths, bringing the county's cumulative totals to 1,469,790 cases and 26,308 deaths since the pandemic began. Officials have said that about 90% of the fatalities associated with COVID-19 occurred in people with underlying health conditions. Saturday's test positivity rate was 0.93%. The health department also reported that between Aug. 29 and Sept. 25, unvaccinated Black and Latinx people had the highest case rates with 587 to 594 new cases per 100,000 people. Across all racial and ethnic groups, infection rates among unvaccinated people remained two to three times higher than among vaccinated people. NBC 4

California Coronavirus Death Count Tops 70,000
As Cases Fall California's coronavirus death toll reached another once-unfathomable milestone — 70,000 people — on Monday as the state emerges from the latest infection surge with the lowest rate of new cases among all states. Last year at this time, cases in the state started ticking up and by January California was in the throes of the worst spike of the pandemic and was the nation's epicenter for the virus. Daily deaths approached 700. The latest surge started in summer and was driven by the delta variant that primarily targeted the unvaccinated. At its worst during this spike, California's average daily death count was in the low 100s. Data collected by Johns Hopkins University showed the state with 70,132 deaths by midday Monday. It's the most in the nation, surpassing Texas by about 3,000 and Florida by 13,000, although California's per capita fatality rate of 177 per 100,000 people is well below the overall U.S. rate of 214. “There's very little if anything ever to compare that to,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California's health secretary, said of the level of deaths. Associated Press

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