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July 26, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Off-Duty Sheriff's Deputy Shot In Dispute In Harbor City; One In Custody
An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy was shot during a dispute in Harbor City Monday evening, and one person was taken into custody. The shooting was reported about 7:30 p.m. in the area of Dorset Place and Woodbury Drive, near the Harbor (110) Freeway, and the deputy was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, the sheriff's department reported. Details leading up to the shooting were not clear, but ABC7 reported the shooting occurred during a dispute, and that one person was taken into custody. The events of the shooting were under investigation.

Hit-and-Run Crash Leaves LAPD Motorcycle Officer Down On 10 Freeway
A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer went down on the 10 Freeway after being involved in a hit-and-run collision in West Covina Monday morning. The crash was reported shortly after 6:30 a.m. on the westbound side of the freeway just east of Azusa Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol's traffic incident log. There were no details about any other vehicles involved in the crash, but the incident was listed as a hit-and-run collision by the CHP. The officer was a member of the LAPD, a spokesperson confirmed. There was no immediate word on any injuries sustained by the officer. KTLA 5

Suspects In San Pedro Park Shooting Still At Large; 8th Victim Found At Hospital
Community leaders are calling for better security and enforcement after two unpermitted events bringing hundreds of people to a usually family-friendly San Pedro ended with a fatal shooting. Two people were killed Sunday in the gunfire that erupted at Peck Park, in the 500 block of Western Avenue. A man and four women were immediately identified as having been wounded, and police now say a sixth person drove themselves to the hospital with a gunshot wound. All six who were wounded are in stable condition, according to the LAPD. The shots were fired as hundreds of people were at the park — as many as 500 for an unpermitted car show, and even more for a softball game between teams of former gang members looking to bring peace. The gunfire is believed to have occurred near the softball game, at the same field where Roterria Scott's 10-year-old son's baseball team won their league championship just the weekend before. "We would never imagined that on a beautiful Sunday like it was, that people would be getting murdered and shot," Scott said. Scott, her son, and several members of the community gathered at the park Monday to call for more enforcement of park permits and security. CBS 2

Murders Involving Homeless On The Rise. Westside Feels Impact
A report released from the nonprofit organization Crosstown shows a rising homicide rate across Los Angeles–and even more concerning is that one aspect of the increase in killings is among the homeless. Last year, 85 people experiencing homelessness in the city were murdered, the highest number ever recorded, according to Los Angeles Police Department data. Crosstown reported that number represented a 47% increase from 58 unhoused victims the previous year, and a 102% spike over the 42 victims in 2019. According to information the Westside Current obtained through a public records request–on the Westside, 62% of homicides last year were homeless related. Although, unlike the citywide number, not all victims were unhoused. Last June a homeless man was brutally stabbed to death in his tent on the Venice Boardwalk. Pacific officers arrested 38-year-old Michael McClain, of Venice, who was booked for the murder of 49- year old Michael Hall. Both the victim and suspect were persons experiencing homelessness, according to police. LAPD officers were called to an encampment located in the area of Ocean Front Walk and Dudley Avenue. When officers arrived, they found Hall who had suffered blunt force trauma to his head. WestSide Current

Police Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide In Palms
Police are investigating after two bodies were found inside an apartment in the Palms neighborhood of Los Angeles Monday afternoon. Officers responded to the 9700 block of Regent Street around 1:30 p.m. for a report of gunshots heard. When police entered the apartment where the gunshots were reported, they found the bodies of two people who died from apparent gunshot wounds. Homicide detectives have assumed the investigation, but early evidence suggests that the deaths were a murder-suicide. A man and a woman have been identified as the victims, although their names have not yet been released. If you or someone you know is experience mental distress or suicidal thoughts, you can contact the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by phone call or text. You can also visit . KTLA 5

Hesperia Murder Suspect Arrested In Van Nuys
A man wanted in connection to a deadly shooting in Hesperia was taken into custody in Van Nuys earlier this week, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Sarkis Krdotyan, 39, of Van Nuys was arrested in connection to the shooting death of 37-year-old Heidi Allred in Hesperia. Allred was found shot dead Wednesday on the 16400 block of Sequoia Street in Hesperia. Krdotyan was immediately identified as a suspect in her killing, but he had already fled the scene before deputies arrived, the Sheriff's Department said. On Thursday, San Bernardino sheriff's deputies alongside the U.S. Marshals Service located Krdotyan at a residence in Van Nuys and took him into custody. He has since been booked into jail where he is being held on a $1 million bail while he awaits possible charges for murder. Jail records indicate he is due back in court on Monday. KTLA 5

As More French Bulldogs Are Stolen, Pet Lovers Want To Know: What's Going On With This Breed?
What's going on with French bulldogs? These dogs, it appears, are being stolen more frequently from their pet owners than in prior years. The Suffolk County Police on Long Island, N.Y., shared this note on Monday about seven stolen French bulldogs in the early morning hours. "Suffolk County Police are currently investigating a robbery that occurred over the weekend in Shirley where suspects stole 7 French bulldog puppies," the department noted in a tweeted message. "Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS," the police continued. More information has come out about it as well from authorities. "An unknown person or people broke into a detached building at approximately 3:15 a.m.," noted on Monday, "and stole two six-month-old French bulldogs and five one-month-old French bulldog puppies." The owner, who was reportedly asleep, did not awaken during the burglary. But that is not the only case of stolen French bulldogs lately. FOX News

'Missing A Big Piece Of The Puzzle': California Deputies Remember Fallen LEO
A Year Later A solemn sight greets SWAT team members in their basement locker room at the Kern County Sheriff's Office headquarters. A black flag bearing badge number 1392 drapes a table where slain Deputy Phillip Campas always sat during meetings with dozens of SWAT members. One year after he was killed in the line of duty, no one claims his spot. Campas died July 25, 2021, in a Wasco mass shooting which also left the shooter dead. Jose Manuel Ramirez, 47, killed his wife, Viviana Ruiz Ramirez, and sons Jose Manuel Ramirez III, 24, and Angel Ramirez, 17. Campas and fellow SWAT member Senior Deputy Dizander Guerrero were responding to the house when bullets hit them both. Guerrero survived, but Campas died at Kern Medical. "(It feels) like something is missing," said KCSO SWAT team member Ralph Lomas, who is also Phillip Campas' cousin. "(The SWAT team is) just missing a big piece of the puzzle." Campas' death didn't just impact the SWAT team, which is like a family, Lomas noted. Everyone in the KCSO knew Campas because he was a recruit training officer, served on the honor guard and excelled at shooting guns on the range. He was a leader on the SWAT team, was revered as a Parris Island drill instructor in the Marine Corps, and achieved No. 1 in the KCSO academy and No. 1 when trying out for the SWAT team. The Bakersfield Californian

Sergeant Who Grabbed Officer's Throat Arrested On Battery, Assault Charges
A police sergeant with more than two decades on the force is now facing battery and assault charges months after he grabbed a female officer by the throat and wielded pepper spray during a heated arrest in Sunrise. A Sunrise Police Department spokesperson confirmed in an email Thursday that an arrest warrant was issued for Sgt. Christopher Pullease. He is facing charges of battery on an officer, tampering with evidence, assault on an officer and assault on a civilian male, the Broward State Attorney's Office said in a news release Thursday evening. Pullease, 47, was booked into the Broward Main Jail on Thursday afternoon, jail records show, and had been released after posting bond later in the night. The 21-year veteran was placed on paid administrative leave in January as the police department and the State Attorney's Office conducted a criminal investigation. He was assigned to desk duty days after the incident. On Nov. 19, 2021, Pullease and several other Sunrise police officers placed a handcuffed man into the back of a police car when Pullease pulled his pepper spray from his belt, video originally published by WSVN-Ch. 7 shows. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Public Safety News

Woman Rescued After Falling In Los Liones Trail In Topanga
After falling and suffering facial trauma, a woman who was hiking in the Topanga State Park was airlifted to a local hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department air operations. The woman, who has not been identified, was hiking on the Los Liones Trail when she fell and suffered a facial injury. LAFD ground and air operations managed to safely rescue the hiker from a remote part of the trail. A flight paramedic medically assessed and stabilized the woman before she was airlifted into the LAFD helicopter to be transported to a hospital. An hour before LAFD crews rescued the woman, a senior male hiker was rescued in the Topanga State Park after he dislocated his shoulder, according to an LAFD press release. The condition of the man and woman is unclear at this moment but it doesn't appear that either suffered life threatening injuries. CBS 2

LA County's Indoor Mask Mandate Could Come Back This Week
If it feels like a lot more people you know have been catching COVID-19 recently, it's not just your imagination. Cases are on the rise again fueled by highly contagious omicron subvariants. Boosters don't seem to be preventing most people from getting sick multiple times. And, this week, LA County is poised to bring back the indoor mask mandate. "It's very likely that it's going to happen and if not by the end of this week perhaps next week or sometime before the end of the year," Alice Benjamin, a registered nurse and clinical nurse specialist, said. "I think it's important for people to understand that we need to get in a mind of readiness." Infection rates aren't the only thing going up, so are the number of people being hospitalized for COVID. "Rates are up and it's not just infection rates but it's the COVID positive hospitalization rates which have triggered this," Benjamin said. LA County has also seen a steady increase in the number of COVID related deaths. "Just at the end of last week we were seeing 100 deaths a weeks from COVID and just a month ago it was at 50," Benjamin said. "This mask mandate might be a very good idea." NBC 4

California Child Among 2 In US Diagnosed With Monkeypox, Officials Say
Two children have been diagnosed with monkeypox in the U.S., one of whom was in California, health officials said Friday. The child in California is a toddler, and the other is an infant who is not a U.S. resident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The children were described as being in good health and receiving treatment. How they caught the disease is being investigated, but officials think it was through household transmission. Other details weren't immediately disclosed. Los Angeles County had a reported 147 cases of monkeypox as of July 21. Due to demand and lack of availability, pre-registration for the monkeypox vaccine was paused by the county July 20. Hundreds of doses of JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccines from Riverside County's limited supply were distributed to health clinics in the Coachella Valley, a Riverside University Health System spokesman said Friday.  NBC 4

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