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June 14, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Suspect Sought In Shooting Death Of 22-Year-Old Man In Downtown Los Angeles
A 22-year-old man was found fatally shot in downtown Los Angeles early Monday morning, prompting an investigation. The shooting happened on 14th Street near San Pedro Street just after midnight. When officers arrived, they found the victim, who'd been shot in the head. Detectives say the victim got into an argument with a 25-year-old man who shot him and then left the scene. Detectives were trying to determine if there was a warehouse party going on in the area when the man was killed. No arrests have been made. ABC 7

Nipsey Hussle Murder: Jury Selected, Opening Statements To Start Wednesday
A jury was chosen Monday to hear the trial of a man charged with murdering Nipsey Hussle outside the rapper's clothing store in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles just over three years ago. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke II ordered the 12-person panel to return to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse Wednesday morning, when opening statements are tentatively expected to begin in Eric Ronald Holder Jr.'s trial. The judge has said he wants six alternate jurors to be chosen in case any of the jurors have to be replaced, with a new batch of prospective alternate jurors due in court Tuesday morning for questioning. Holder, now 32, was indicted in May of 2019 on one count each of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm. The indictment also included allegations that Holder personally and intentionally discharged a handgun and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury. Deputy District Attorney John McKinney told the grand jury in 2019 that Holder used two guns on March 31, 2019, to fire multiple shots shortly after a conversation that included allegations of "snitching." FOX 11

Man Fatally Shot In Athens Area Of LA County; Investigation Underway
A man was shot to death Monday in the Athens area of south Los Angeles. The shooting was reported about 11:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of West 117th Street, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Information on his identity was not immediately available. No arrests were reported, and no suspect description was released. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Tipsters may also use the website .

Man Holed Up In South LA Taken Into Custody
A man holed up inside a home in South Los Angeles for at least six hours has been taken into custody, authorities said Sunday. The incident in the 2000 block of East 77th Street began at 4:26 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported, but no further information was available about what prompted the situation. The area has been deemed safe and all neighborhood evacuees were allowed to return to their homes. No further information was immediately available.

Glendale Police Searching For Group That Broke Into Apartment
Glendale Police are searching for a group of thieves they say ransacked a local apartment, and are asking for the public's help to identify them. The robbery happened back on May 26, that's when officers say four people broke into an apartment on the 300 block of N. Belmont Street through a kitchen window. Police say the suspects tore apart a bedroom in the apartment, stealing two passports and a small safe. Glendale Police did not offer detailed descriptions of the suspects, just that three of them were men somewhere in their 20s and 30s of average build. Police say the fourth suspect is a woman aged 28-35 with blond hair. Police are also searching for the car the thieves used, a white Kia Sportage, perhaps around a 2016 model year. Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspects is asked to call the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-4911. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call 1-800-222-8477. FOX 11

Man And Woman Arrested In Connection With Fatal Shooting Of Rapper Slim 400 In Inglewood
Two people were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Compton rapper Slim 400 late last year in Inglewood, authorities said Monday. Michael Lanell Terry, 33, of Los Angeles and Tamara Lynn Bell, 42, of Inglewood were arrested Thursday, according to the Inglewood Police Department. Terry was booked in Inglewood on suspicion of murder, police said. His bail was set at $3.025 million. Bell was booked on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact. Her bail was set at $1 million. The case was presented Monday to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office for consideration, police said. Slim 400, whose real name was Vincent Cohran, was shot while exiting his vehicle in the 8600 block of South 7th Avenue in Inglewood about 7:50 p.m. on Dec. 8, police said. He was 34 years old. Officers patrolling the area found the wounded musician on the ground after hearing gunshots. Paramedics treated Slim 400 before the L.A. County Fire Department transported him to a hospital for emergency traumatic care — reportedly Harbor-UCLA Medical Center — where he was pronounced dead. Los Angeles Times

LASD Investigating Deadly Shooting In Compton
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a man was found shot dead in Compton Saturday afternoon. Deputies responded to the 4000 block of East Pauline Street around 2:25 p.m. for a report of a shooting, according to a press release. At the scene, deputies found an unidentified man in his 50s who had been shot in his torso. His injuries were severe and he was pronounced dead at the scene, sheriff's officials said. The man's identity has not yet been released, pending the notification of his family. At this time, there is currently no information about any suspects or vehicles connected to the deadly shooting. The LASD Homicide Bureau is investigating the shooting and anyone with information is urged to contact them at 323-890-5500. You can also submit an anonymous tip through . KTLA 5

Investigation Underway After 2 Women Killed In Street Takeover Crash In Compton, Authorities Say
An investigation is underway after two women were killed in a wild street takeover crash in Compton overnight. The women were identified by the coroner's office as 18-year-old Jennyfer Flores from Long Beach and 20-year-old Michellie Gonzalez from Cudahy. The crash happened around 11:40 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Wilmington Avenue and Stockwell Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "The Nissan Rogue was traveling southbound on Wilmington Avenue, crossing over Stockwell Street, while the red Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on Stockwell and the two vehicles collided," Detective Jaeton Wilson told reporters Monday morning. The driver of the silver Nissan, who asked to not be on camera, said he was driving through the intersection with a green light going about 45-50 mph when the collision happened. Treyshawn Cooley added he was on his way home from dropping his cousin off.  ABC 7

Maryland Deputy Killed Trying To Arrest Fugitive
A 20-year-old man was arrested and charged Monday in the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy who was trying to arrest him on multiple felony warrants, authorities on Maryland's Eastern Shore announced. Wicomico County Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard and another deputy went to an apartment complex in Pittsville on Sunday evening to arrest Austin Davidson of Delmar, Maryland, but initially they did not see anyone who matched the description and they left, Sheriff Mike Lewis said at a news conference. When Hilliard returned to the complex parking lot about 10 minutes later, he spotted a man leaving a stairwell who matched Davidson's description “to a T,” down to the description of the backpack he was carrying with caution tape on it, Lewis said. When Hilliard drove closer, the man ran off and the deputy chased him around the back of the complex, Lewis said. Hilliard gained on him quickly, announced that he would use a stun gun and deployed it, but it was not effective, Lewis said. As Davidson approached the woods, he turned and fired multiple shots, striking Hilliard at least once, Lewis said. The shooting was captured on Hilliard's body-worn camera, he said. The deputy did not get a chance to get his gun out of the holster, Lewis said. Associated Press

Police Identify Florida Officer Killed In Crash With Fleeing Suspect
A Tallahassee officer who was killed in the line of duty last week has been identified as Christopher Fariello, the Tallahassee Democrat reported on Saturday. Fariello, 34, was struck head-on by a shooting suspect who was fleeing police, the report said. The incident began early Wednesday when Tyrone Cleveland, 37, shot and wounded three family members, according to the report. Deputies responded to the call and began a pursuit. Cleveland began driving the wrong way and struck Fariello, killing the officer. Fariello became a police officer in 2019. He was remembered as a brave public servant committed to serving his community, the report said. "Officer Fariello's death is a stark reminder of the sacrifice the brave men and women of this department make every day," said Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell in a statement. Two of the suspect's shooting victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the third is stable, the Tallahassee Democrat reported last week. Cleveland suffered minor injuries in the crash and is now facing numerous related charges.  PoliceOne

‘No One Wants To Be A Cop These Days': Massachusetts Police Chiefs Talk Recruitment
For Attleboro Police Chief Kyle Heagney, hiring new recruits over the past year and retaining current officers at his department has been a “nightmare.” “No one wants to be a cop these days,” he said. “... Salaries are not equal to their civilian salaries [at] their current position, so a lot of them are telling me that they'd lose money becoming a police officer, they can't do that.” Police chiefs from different parts of Massachusetts who spoke to MassLive in recent weeks said they are experiencing difficulties as they look to hire new people to fill gaps left by retirements, transfers, or departures and are running into trouble keeping current officers around. Among the problems: Low pay at smaller departments leads officers to seek better-paying jobs, police chiefs say negative rhetoric around policing makes it hard to attract new recruits into the industry, and civil service requirements lead to lengthy onboarding timelines. All of this is accentuated by increased public pressure for transparency and accountability of police following several high-profile cases of police misconduct that resulted in criminal charges including the deaths of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor by Louisville, Kentucky police officers. PoliceOne

Public Safety News

Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus In L.A. County
A mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus in Los Angeles County, marking the first such sample this year, health officials announced Monday. The positive mosquito sample was collected from a mosquito trap in Bellflower, confirming the presence of the virus in mosquito populations within the community, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. While this confirmation serves as the first positive mosquito sample this year, West Nile virus was detected in three dead crows found in the North Hills neighborhood on May 26, the agency said. Surveilling dead birds serves as an early warning detection tool that helps authorities identify when the virus is actively being transmitted between birds in the area. “West Nile virus is spread among bird populations and transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito,” said Steve Vetrone, director of Scientific-Technical Services. “It is very important to remember that at this time the virus could be anywhere, even though we may not have detected it yet.” West Nile virus is endemic to L.A. County, and it's usually detected in the region during summer. KTLA 5

LA County Reports Nearly 13,000 New COVID Cases Since Saturday
Los Angeles County reported nearly 13,000 new COVID-19 cases Monday covering infections from the past three days. The new cases brought the county's total caseload to 3,038,588. According to the county Department of Public Health, 6,385 virus cases were confirmed Saturday, 3,583 were reported Sunday and 2,998 were announced Monday. Officials also reported 17 deaths since Saturday bringing the death toll to 32,218. As of Monday, there are 593 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals with 62 people being treated in intensive care. "The concern with the rapidity of emerging highly infectious variants is that for each new variant, we need to reassess how much the new strain evades vaccine protection, causes severe illness, and avoids detection with current tests," Ferrer said in a statement Monday.  CBS 2

Garcetti Signs Ban On Sale Of Flavored Tobacco; Ordinance Goes Into Effect On Jan. 1
A ban on the sale of flavored tobacco in Los Angeles was signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti Monday. The ordinance was unanimously approved June 1 by the Los Angeles City Council and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2023. The ordinance includes an exception for hookah lounges with valid tobacco retailer's permits that prohibit entry to anyone under the age of 21. "Today the city of Los Angeles became the largest city in the United States to adopt an ordinance restricting the sale of flavored tobacco — including menthol. This tremendous step in public health will save lives and will pave the way for other cities across the country to prioritize health above Big Tobacco profits," Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, said in a statement. The City Council nearly approved the ordinance with an exemption for menthol cigarettes, but the council's three Black councilmen at the time — Mark Ridley-Thomas, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and Curren Price — amended the motion to remove that exemption, citing the high rates of Black people who smoke menthol cigarettes. CBS 2

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