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April 5, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Report: 101 Police Officers Shot In The Line Of Duty, A 43% Increase From 2021
The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has released a shocking new report: 101 police officers have been shot in the line of duty as of April 1, including 17 fatally, so far in 2022. This statistic,  reported, is a 43% increase compared to officers shot during the same time frame last year. Moreover, it's a 63% increase compared to the numbers in 2020. "We are in the midst of a real crisis," National FOP president Patrick Yoes said. "Last year was one of the most dangerous years for law enforcement, with more officers being shot in the line of duty since the National Fraternal Order of Police began recording this data." Yoes continued to say that the data indicates "we are outpacing last year's numbers of officers shot and killed in the line of duty." "It is important to remember that when we look at these numbers, they represent people who are fathers, mothers, sons and daughters," Yoes said. The five states with the highest number of officers shot and killed in the line of duty this year are Arizona, Texas, New York, Georgia and Washington State. "This violence is completely unacceptable," Yoes said. "It is incumbent upon our elected officials and community leaders to stand up and speak out against the violence against law enforcement officers." PoliceOne

Mother Accused Of Killing 3 Children Appears In LA Court
A Reseda woman charged with murdering her three young children last year appeared Monday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Liliana Carrillo, 30, wearing a yellow inmate jumpsuit, hid from view behind her attorneys inside the defendant holding area of the Criminal Justice Center courtroom, while the father of her children and his family looked on from the gallery. Carrillo declined to enter a plea to the three murder charges filed against her in the April 10, 2021 deaths of 3-year-old Joanna, 2-year-old Terry, and 6-month-old Sierra. “Yes, ma'am,” Carrillo said when asked by Judge Victoria B. Wilson if she was waiving her right to a speedy trial. Monday's hearing played out just like the last six hearings. Prosecutors have sought to arraign Carrillo since August 2021. She has been in custody in Los Angeles County since April 2021, when she was arrested in Ponderosa, California near the Sierras, after she apparently attempted to carjack a man in Kern County as she fled from the L.A. area. The carjacking charges are still open in Kern County, according to court records. But her case has been transferred to L.A. County. She's being held on just over $6 million bail. Los Angeles Daily News

LA Model, Friend Were Drugged Before Being Left At Hospitals, Coroner Says; Deaths Ruled Homicides
The cause of death of two women who police say were given drugs and dropped off at separate Los Angeles hospitals last year was revealed Monday, and officials have ruled their deaths as homicides. According to police, Christy Giles and Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola were given drugs during a night out in November 2021. Investigators long believed an overdose resulted in their deaths. On Monday, a cause of death report showed Giles, a 24-year-old model and aspiring actress who moved to L.A. from Alabama, died of "multiple drug intoxication." The county's deputy medical examiner listed cocaine, fentanyl, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid - commonly known as GHB or the date rape drug - and ketamine as being found in her system. "Our hope is that this will really move the needle. From day one, we've always said that this is not a case of another unfortunate overdose," said Joshua Ritter, the attorney representing the husband of Giles. "There was wrongdoing here, and there was murder here, quite frankly." Cabrales-Arzola, an aspiring architect from Mexico, died of "multiple organ failure" and reportedly had cocaine and methylenedioxymethamphetamine - or MDMA - in her system. ABC 7

1 Dead, 2 Hospitalized From Suspected Overdose That Prompted Hazmat Incident In LA Neighborhood
One person is dead and two other people were hospitalized Monday morning suspected of overdosing on fentanyl in the area of Broadway-Manchester. The hazmat team responded to the scene near 232 W. 115 Street around 8: 55 a.m. to investigate possible exposure to an "undetermined product." According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, two people were found inside a vehicle in critical condition, and a third person was found outside the vehicle with minor conditions. One person, a 28-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene. One man in his 30s was transported to the hospital in serious condition, and another man in his 30s was transported to the hospital in fair condition, authorities said. "The evidence on scene indicates an overdose resulting in a death which leads to the suspicion of the unknown substance being fentanyl," the LAFD said in a statement later Monday. The Los Angeles Police Department was taking over the investigation. Additional details were not immediately available. FOX 11

Body Found In Ocean Near San Pedro
A body was found Monday in the ocean near San Pedro, and an investigation was underway. The body was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. near the 3700 block of South Stephen M. White Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Information was not immediately available on the identity or cause of death of the person.

2 Arrested For Burglarizing USPS Vehicle In Westchester: LAPD
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested two men who were witnessed breaking into a United States Postal Service vehicle in Westchester and stealing some of its contents on Friday, police said in a news release. The men were seen breaking into the USPS vehicle, which was parked in the 6000 block of Center Drive, around noon, and the witness, whom police did not identify, followed the men's red Honda Pilot to a parking lot in the 6500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. When the Honda left the parking lot later on Friday, LAPD officers pulled the SUV over and took the men, 25-year-old Benjamin Eichenblatt and 41-year-old Isaias Alfaro, into custody, police said. Inside the car, officers found a USPS jacket and hat, “a large quantity of USPS mail,” California ID cards, a loaded 9 mm pistol, burglary tools and other pieces of stolen property, police said. Eichenblatt and Alfaro were arrested on charges of burglary from a motor vehicle. The men, who have been arrested numerous times in the past, are being held without bail, jail records show. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Damien Levesque at 310-482-6367 or . KTLA 5

LAPD Hosts Free Catalytic Converter Etching Wednesday At Silver Lake Reservoir
People who want their vehicle identification numbers etched onto their catalytic converters as a preventative measure against theft can get the service done for free in Silver Lake on Wednesday. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Silver Lake Reservoir, 1863 Silver Lake Blvd, north of the dog park. The event is hosted by the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Auto Detectives and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Office Taskforce for Regional Auto Theft Prevention. Catalytic converters are devices under vehicles that convert toxic gasses and pollutants into less-toxic pollutants. They have become increased targets for theft because the costs of platinum, palladium and rhodium -- which are used for catalytic converters -- have risen in recent years. In February, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore and Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gasón called on state legislators to approve a measure requiring auto dealers to engrave vehicle identification numbers on catalytic converters. Moore said that one in five thefts from a vehicle in Los Angeles is a catalytic converter. CBS 2

Police Investigate Suspicious Package Found Outside Fire Station
The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the 4300 block of Vineland Avenue after a package with "suspicious" writing was found outside a Los Angeles Fire Department station. According to police, LAPD received a call from LAFD about the suspicious cardboard box at about 1:35 p.m. Police have blocked off the area near Vineland Avenue and Moorpark Street. The Bomb Squad has been requested and police are asking people to avoid the area. A bomb robot could be seen handling the package at about 5:00 p.m. It brought it away from the station and onto the street. After a brief investigation, police deemed the package not dangerous and an officer can be seen picking it up and moving it onto the median.  CBS 2

Man Fatally Shot By Security Guard During Compton Robbery
A security guard fatally shot a robbery suspect Sunday night during an exchange of gunfire with four men in Compton, authorities said. Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 6:54 p.m. in the 1500 block of South Wilmington Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The shooting occurred at a smoke shop in a strip mall on the block, local news outlets reported. The guard “told the deputies four male adult suspects entered the location and attempted to rob it at gun point,” according to a Sheriff's Department news release. “At that time, the security guard exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects. The suspects fled the location in a vehicle in an unknown direction.” The guard, whose name has not been released, was injured while exchanging gunfire with one of the men and was taken to a local hospital, the Sheriff's Department said. One of the suspects was dropped off at a local hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds. He later died from his injuries, the Sheriff's Department said. Authorities have not released his name. The other three men are still at large, the Sheriff's Department said. Both guns involved in the shooting were recovered at the scene. Los Angeles Times

The ‘Unspoken Pandemic': Fentanyl Manufacturing Explodes In Mexico, Leading To Overdoses In SoCal
The dangerous opioid fentanyl continues to contribute to overdoses in the United States, though where it's coming from has changed in the past few years. From 2014 to 2019, 70 to 80% of fentanyl seized by federal authorities came from China, according to a report from the U.S. Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking. The Chinese manufacturers “relied on the internet to sell their drugs and on the international mail and parcel delivery systems to ship their products to the United States,” the report said. Since 2019, however, production has shifted to Mexico, where precursors from China and other Asian countries are made into fentanyl, which is then brought by land into the U.S. “Fentanyl coming from Mexico is often of very low purity—generally, in powder form around or slightly above 10 percent—but now accounts for almost all the fentanyl that law enforcement has seized since late 2019,” the report added. Meanwhile, SoCal residents are overdosing on this powerful drug, some of them fatally, in what Dr. Thomas Yadegar calls the “unspoken pandemic.” KTLA 5

All 6 Killed In Downtown Sacramento Mass Shooting Identified. Here Are Their Names
Coroner's officials have identified all six victims killed in Sunday's mass shooting in downtown Sacramento. The three men killed were Sergio Harris, 38, of North Highlands; DeVazia Turner, 29, of Carmichael; and Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32, of Salinas. The three women killed were Johntaya Alexander, 21, of Selma in Fresno County; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21, of Elk Grove. Police said all six victims died at the scene, when multiple shooters opened fire just after 2 a.m. Sunday near 10th and K streets. Twelve others struck by gunfire were taken or self-transported to hospitals. Police Chief Kathy Lester has confirmed there were multiple shooters. A UC Davis Health spokesperson said two of the four victims it received had been discharged from UC Davis Medical Center. The other two remained in treatment at the hospital; their conditions were not disclosed. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified Harris in a statement Sunday night, then named the remaining five victims at 9 a.m. Monday. Sacramento Bee

Man Arrested In Sacramento Mass Shooting But Not On Homicide Charges. More Arrests Likely, D.A. Says
As Sacramento mourned the worst mass shooting in the United States this year with sidewalk shrines near the Capitol, authorities on Monday arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting. The suspect, Dandre Martin, 26, was booked on assault and possession of an illegal firearm charges, authorities said, adding that they've executed several search warrants and recovered a handgun. Yet beyond announcing Martin's arrest, Sacramento city officials didn't answer repeated questions about whether other armed assailants responsible for the shooting remain at large, despite the police chief having described the deadly incident as involving multiple shooters. In an unusual statement Monday afternoon, Sacramento County Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert said she anticipated more arrests in the case, adding that the one person apprehended thus far — Martin — “has not been arrested for any homicide related to this incident.” “The investigation is highly complex, involving many witnesses, videos of numerous types and significant physical evidence,” Schubert added. Authorities on Monday also identified the six people who were killed early Sunday in a barrage of gunfire outside a stretch of popular downtown nightclubs. Los Angeles Times

California May Let Citizens Sue Over Illegal Firearms
For all California's nation-leading attempts to regulate firearms, the state has not found a way to deter those happy to skirt the laws with stolen or homemade and increasingly prevalent "ghost" guns. In just two recent examples, police say the first weapon recovered after gunmen killed six people and wounded 12 in downtown Sacramento early Sunday had been stolen. The homemade assault weapon a father used a month ago and a few miles away to kill his three daughters, their chaperone and then himself was unregistered. "People argue that we've got the toughest gun laws in the nation. But they're clearly not tough enough," Democratic state Sen. Robert Hertzberg said Monday. The latest mass shooting in a nightclub area blocks from the state Capitol renewed calls for tougher firearms laws from President Joe Biden. Biden called for Congress to take many of the steps nationwide that California already has in place — imposing background checks, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and outlawing ghost guns. The most populous state will consider an innovative new approach Tuesday when Hertzberg, at the urging of Gov. Gavin Newsom, expects to take the first step to advance a bill allowing private citizens to sue anyone who distributes illegal assault weapons, parts that can be used to build weapons, guns without serial numbers, or .50 caliber rifles. FOX 11

Georgia Investigator Killed In On-Duty Car Crash
A district attorney investigator was killed in an on-duty car crash last week. Donald Crooms, 56, with the Houston County District Attorney's Office, was serving subpoenas for a trial this week at the time of the crash, reported . On March 30, Kandace Jackson, 27, drifted into oncoming traffic, hitting Crooms' vehicle. Police said Jackson died at the scene. As a result of the crash, Crooms' vehicle then struck another driver, 20-year-old Jesse Tomlinson. Tomlinson was not injured, but Crooms died of his injuries at the hospital. Crooms served with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office from 1986 to 2011, where he retired as lieutenant. He later trained future police officers at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center from 2013 to 2016. From 2016 to 2019, he served as a police officer at Middle Georgia University Police Department. And in 2020, he joined the Houston County District Attorney's Office as an investigator.  PoliceOne

Woman Fleeing Connecticut Police Crashes Into Cruisers, Injures 7 Officers
Seven Waterbury officers were injured Sunday when a wanted woman drove into their police cars before crashing in Monroe. The officers were treated at Saint Mary's Hospital and released, Lt. Ryan Bessette said Monday. Hannah Casperson, 25, was placed under arrest and taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport to be treated for injuries police said are not life-threatening. According to police, shortly before 8:45 am. Sunday they received information that Casperson was in a Hummer at Rutledge and East Main streets. She was a suspect in “recent criminal activity,” police said; Wolcott police said she was the getaway driver in a string of car break-ins in their town. When the officers went to talk to her, police said Casperson sped forward, striking a police car before leaving the area and then hitting another police cruiser at East Main and Brass Mill Drive. She then got onto I-84 West. In all, Bessette said, eight police vehicles were damaged. She later lost control of the Hummer and struck a utility pole near Wheeler Road and Monroe Turnpike, or Route 111, in Monroe, said police, who placed her under arrest before she was taken to the hospital. Hartford Courant

40% Of Crime In Atlanta Is Caused By The Same 1,000 People, Police Say
The Atlanta Police Department is cracking down on career criminals with its new Repeat Offender Tracking Unit. At a press conference on Tuesday, police and court officials announced they would be joining forces to keep track of repeat offenders, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The new unit will share information with prosecutors and judges who can choose to keep offenders in jail longer instead of bonding out. “Better decisions begin with better information,” Judge Christopher Brasher told the Journal-Constitution. “It helps the officers on the street, it helps the prosecutors and of course it helps the judges make better decisions.” According to the report, 30% of weekly arrests in Atlanta are individuals who have already been convicted of at least three felonies. What's more, Mayor Andre Dickens says just 1,000 people are responsible for about 40% of the city's crimes. “That's pretty much a textbook definition of a life of crime,” said Dickens. “We catch them, we arrest them, we convict them. But somehow they're back on our streets and often they're back to criminal behavior.” Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant says his department will be aggressive in going after repeat offenders.  PoliceOne

Public Safety News

LA County Urges COVID Precautions For High-Risk Residents
With many COVID-19 public-health mandates now lifted, Los Angeles County officials Monday urged people who may be more vulnerable to severe illness from the virus to continue taking precautions to reduce risk, particularly with growing spread of the latest highly transmissible variant. Most mask-wearing requirements have been lifted in the county and across the state as infection numbers dwindle, but face coverings are still strongly recommended, particularly for people more at risk. “With the more infectious BA.2 (variant) circulating and more holiday gatherings in the coming weeks, the millions of residents at elevated risk, including children under the age of 5 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, should take steps to protect themselves and their families,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement Monday. “Getting vaccinated or boosted, wearing a mask and getting tested before and after gatherings can help keep transmission as low as possible, which is key to protecting our healthcare system and our vulnerable residents.”

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