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May 10, 2022
Law Enforcement News

$100K Reward Offered For Information On Drive-By Shooting That Killed LAPD Officer's Son
The city of Carson is offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the January killing of a 28-year-old man. On Jan. 10, Rodquece Beezer was sitting in his car near the area of Northwood Avenue and Abbotston Street in Carson when he was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. The City had originally offered a $50,000 reward for information related to the death of the 28-year-old Beezer, but that reward has since doubled. Detective Campos of the Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division, said Beezer was the son of an LAPD officer and urged anyone with information to come forward. In a community alert shared by Campos on Twitter, city officials described the killing of Beezer as “senseless,” and said it could happen to “anyone sitting inside their vehicle.” Anyone with information about the shooting death of Rodquece Beezer is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. KTLA 5

Dave Chappelle is Not Happy DA Won't Charge Accused Onstage Attacker With Felony
Dave Chappelle's lawyer says the comedian is unhappy with Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón's decision not to file felony charges against the man who allegedly attacked him on stage. "It's a travesty of justice that Gascón is refusing to prosecute this case as a felony,'' Gabriel Colwell told the New York Post on Friday. "The city attorney, who filed the case, is doing his job but DA Gascón should also do his job and charge this as a felony. NBC 4

West Hills Murder: Mother Arrested In Triple Murder ‘Admitted To Killing Her Children'
Los Angeles police investigators said Monday a mother who was arrested on suspicion of murder for the deaths of three of her children in West Hills, "admitted to killing her children" with the assistance of a 16-year-old suspect -- believed to be her son. The mother was identified by authorities Monday as 38-year-old Angela Dawn Flores. She was booked on suspicion of three counts of murder, and her bail was set at $6 million. Flores was named as the primary suspect and is the mother of seven children. Her three other children live out of state with their father. Law enforcement sources told FOX 11's Gigi Graciette that her teen son has also been arrested in the investigation. The unidentified teen was booked on suspicion of one count of murder and is being held without bail at Sylmar Juvenile Hall, police say. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for consideration of filing charges, police said. FOX 11

Felon Pleads Not Guilty In Shooting Death Of 80-Year-Old Man In Encino
An ex-con pleaded not guilty Monday to fatally shooting an 80-year-old man in Encino. Timothy Kirkpatrick, 42, is charged with murder involving the March 2 killing of Stuart Herman, who was found with gunshot wounds at a residence in the 4500 block of Densmore Avenue. Kirkpatrick is also charged with one count each of assault with a firearm involving a second alleged victim and possession of a firearm by a felon, along with two counts of first-degree residential burglary with a person present. Co-defendant Hakop Keloyan, 48, is charged with one count of assault with a firearm involving the second alleged victim, two counts each of first-degree residential burglary with a person present and possession of a firearm by a felon, along with four counts of unauthorized use of personal identifying information. He also pleaded not guilty. The criminal complaint alleges that Kirkpatrick and Keloyan personally used a handgun during the crimes. Kirkpatrick has convictions for crimes including burglary and robbery dating back to 1998 while Keloyan was convicted for vandalism in 2021, according to the criminal complaint.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Hitting, Killing Charity Cyclist In Griffith Park
A driver who allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist in Griffith Park near the finish of a training ride for a charity event pleaded not guilty Monday through his attorney to murder and other charges. Jairo Martinez, 37, was charged last month with one felony count each of murder and hit-and-run driving resulting in death to another person, along with one misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended or revoked license for a DUI conviction after a prior offense, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Martinez allegedly struck 77-year-old Andrew Jelmert in Griffith Park at about 3:50 p.m. April 16 and then tried to flee the scene but was captured soon afterward, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Jelmert fell after the crash onto the roadway, where he suffered blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lt. M. McCommas of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division. Police said witnesses assisted officers in locating the driver. Martinez was arrested about 5 p.m. that day, according to jail records. "Alcohol was a factor in this collision," according to the LAPD. FOX 11

Security Beefed Up At Hollywood Bowl Following Attack On Dave Chappelle
The "Netflix Is a Joke" comedy festival is stepping up its security at the Hollywood Bowl. The LA Philharmonic promised an increase in security personnel following the on-stage attack of Dave Chappelle. The incident unfolded Tuesday. Isaiah Lee, 23, is the man accused of storming the stage to try and tackle Chappelle. The LAPD says he was carrying a replica gun with a knife. Lee appeared in court on Friday to face misdemeanor charges filed by the LA City Attorney's office. He entered not guilty pleas on charges of battery, possessing a deadly weapon with intent to assault unlawfully crossing from a spectator area onto a stage at a theatrical event and interfering with or delaying such an event with unlawful conduct, according to the Associated Press.  CBS 2

Watch: LAPD Launches Virtual Reality Training Program For Officers
The Los Angeles Police Department is getting into the virtual reality game. From de-escalation tactics to drills involving standoff situations and mental health crises, the department is teaming up with V-Armed, a company that creates custom 3D virtual reality simulations for large-scale training, to add a new training tool, NBC News reports. The simulator involves a motion capture studio being built in the police academy's gymnasium, with dozens of cameras and wearable sensors. “The systems that we're installing will monitor the heartbeat, the eye movements, the stress levels of the individual,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore told NBC News. “We see VR as a means of improving outcomes for instances that resulted in a tragic loss.” “I can take a scenario that I might train one day and put that on Hollywood Boulevard, and then the next day I can run a similar scenario and put it in Skid Row,” Sgt. Andrew Cullen of the LAPD Training Bureau told NBC News. LAPD's implementation of the tech for training follows similar moves from departments in areas like Sacramento, Calif., Moore, Okla., and Greenfield, Ind. PoliceOne

CHP Investigates Possible Shooting On 10 Freeway In Mid-City
An investigation is underway into a possible shooting on the 10 Freeway in Mid-City early Tuesday morning. A call reporting highway violence on the freeway near the La Cienega Boulevard exit was made shortly before 3:30 a.m., a California Highway Patrol spokesperson confirmed. The driver pulled the vehicle off the freeway and waited for officers at La Cienega and David Avenue. Video from the scene showed what appears to be a bullet hole in the shattered driver's side window of the vehicle. Investigators have not determined if the window was struck by a bullet or some other object. The driver did not appear to be injured as she was talking to investigators after the incident. KTLA 5

11-Year-Old Girl Missing Out Of Long Beach, Possibly Headed To LAX Airport
The Long Beach Police Department asked for the public's help Saturday in finding a child who went missing in Long Beach. Natasha Marie Korinek, 11, was last seen leaving her home at 8 p.m. Friday and left a note saying she was headed to Los Angeles International Airport to fly to Utah, the LBPD reported. Officers said that Korinek has no history of running away. The girl does not have a cell phone, but has a school-issued Google Chromebook that can only be used with Wi-Fi or a hot spot. She was described as a 4-feet-9-inch tall white female weighing 95 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a brown hoodie, a purple shirt with "Lakewood Christian School" on the front, beige pants, and white and black shoes. Long Beach police urged anyone with information regarding Korinek's whereabouts to call them at 562-435-6711 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. CBS 2

Lancaster Man In Custody In Shooting Death Of Woman In Gardena
A man was in custody on Monday, May 9, concerning the shooting death of a woman at a Gardena motel, police said. Alexander McGowan Jr., 42, of Lancaster was booked on suspicion of murder in the death of Chiquita Walton, 37, who also lived in Lancaster, according to the Gardena Police Department and the coroner's office. McGowan was being held on $2 million bail, according to the Sheriff's Department. Officers went to the Redondo Beach Motel, at 1351 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., before 5 a.m. Sunday on a report of a shooting and found the wounded woman, who died at the scene, Gardena police Detective Hugo Gualotuna said. Information was not available for release regarding a motive for the crime, Gualotuna said. Los Angeles Daily News

Northern California Parents Arrested In Death Of Toddler Found Near Suspected Fentanyl
The parents of a 15-month-old girl were arrested Monday in Santa Rosa after the toddler was found unresponsive near what was believed to be fentanyl, police said. The girl was pronounced dead at a hospital. Evan Frostick, 26, and Madison Bernard, 23, were arrested on suspicion of cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury or death after Santa Rosa police, fire and emergency medical services responded to their home Monday morning regarding an unresponsive toddler, police said. Officers found that the girl was not breathing, and after emergency medical personnel attempted lifesaving measures, the girl was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. A substance believed to be fentanyl was spotted near where the toddler was found, prompting detectives to take over the investigation, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department. Detectives obtained a search warrant and found “packaged and unpackaged suspected fentanyl and fentanyl paraphernalia” in the bedroom, including in the bed where the girl and her parents slept, police said. Los Angeles Times

Video: NYPD Patrol Car Responding To Call Bursts Into Flames After Crash
Two NYPD officers were injured Sunday after a driver slammed into their patrol car, which quickly burst into flames after careening into a pole. The two officers were responding to a call when the driver, a 39-year-old woman in a BMW, ran into their patrol car while driving through an intersection, according to the New York Post. The impact, according to the report, sent the cruiser into a pole, causing it to burst into flames. The driver, who failed to yield, fled the scene, but later returned. She was taken into custody for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, police said. The officers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The video below shows the cruiser fully engulfed in flames as firefighters responded to the scene.  PoliceOne

Gun Ownership Data Are Often Limited — And The NRA Knows It Stands In The Way
California has long played a pivotal role in the study of gun violence, maintaining a unique repository of detailed information on gun owners that it shares with researchers. The National Rifle Assn. and other gun rights groups have filed lawsuits challenging that long-established practice. The lawsuits — which come as researchers confront an uptick in gun-related injuries, driven by a surge in homicides — were filed a year after the NRA's research director acknowledged at a private meeting that the group's opposition to gathering such data has severely hampered gun violence studies in the United States. With narrow exceptions, all firearms transactions in California must go through licensed dealers, who relay information on purchasers — including name, address and date of birth — to the California Department of Justice. For more than 30 years, the DOJ has shared this data with public health researchers, who have used it to try to untangle the connections between gun ownership and homicides, suicides and other violence. They say this baseline information is key to understanding the risks and benefits of having a gun and, ultimately, to reducing injuries and deaths. Los Angeles Times

The FBI's Next Set of Crime Data Is Going to Be a Big Mess
On paper, the new National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is clearly superior to the Uniform Crime Report Summary Reporting System, which it replaces. NIBRS enables agencies to collect data on multiple offenses within the same incident (such as a robbery that leads to a murder), provides greater insight into a wider array of a jurisdiction's crimes compared with the old system, and allows for novel breakdowns of crime victimization by age, sex, and race. In the long run, NIBRS will provide “much more detail and context around crimes,” per the FBI, than the legacy system did, including the possibility of tracking nonfatal-shooting victims for the first time. But there are major issues. To begin with, of the nation's nearly 19,000 law-enforcement agencies, more than 7,000 are not yet reporting data to NIBRS. The Atlantic

Public Safety News

Brush Fire Breaks Out At Homeless Encampment In South Gate
A vegetation fire broke out near the 710 Freeway in South Gate Saturday evening. Los Angeles County Fire Department crews were dispatched just after 10:45 p.m. to a homeless encampment in the area near the 710 Freeway and Firestone Boulevard in South Gate. With Sky9 overhead, the fire appeared to have been contained by crews at around 11:10 p.m. No injuries were reported. It's wasn't immediately known what caused the fire. CBS 2

COVID Hospital, Death Numbers Remain Low Despite Case Increases
With COVID-related hospital numbers and deaths remaining low despite rising case numbers, Los Angeles County health officials Monday touted what they called the effectiveness of vaccines and boosters in preventing serious illness from infection. Over the past three days, another 7,709 new COVID-19 infections were recorded in the county, according to the Department of Public Health. More than 3,200 of those cases were registered Saturday, with lower numbers on Sunday and Monday likely reflecting standard weekend reporting delays. But while the case numbers have risen sharply over the last month — attributed to spread of the highly infectious BA.2 subvariant of the virus — the number of COVID-positive hospital patients has still remained relatively low, as have virus-related deaths. As of Monday, there were 242 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals, according to state figures. That's down six from Sunday. The number of those patients being treated in intensive care was 27 as of Monday, down from 33 on Sunday.

California COVID-19 Deaths Near 90,000, But The Per Capita Rate Is Among Lowest In U.S.
California's COVID-19 death toll is on the cusp of 90,000, a tally that comes as the U.S. is nearing its own milestone of 1 million deaths. As of Friday, California had reported 89,851 cumulative deaths since the start of the pandemic, up 269 from the previous week. At this pace, the state is likely to surpass 90,000 COVID-19 fatalities this week. No state has suffered more total pandemic-related deaths than California. However, on a per capita basis, California has the 11th-lowest cumulative COVID-19 death rate — with 229.5 deaths for every 100,000 residents, according to data compiled by The Times. Roughly a year ago, a similar analysis revealed California had the 22nd lowest cumulative COVID-19 death rate of any state. California also now has the lowest cumulative COVID-19 death rate of the nation's 10 most populous states. By comparison, the cumulative COVID-19 death rate in Florida is 359.4 per 100,000 residents. In New York, it's 348.8; and in Texas, it's 316.1. The worst rate can be found in Arizona, where the total reported death toll — just under 30,200 — amounts to 434.6 fatalities for every 100,000 residents. Los Angeles Times

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