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    Two police officers were caught off-guard when they were attacked by a pet squirrel as they tried to arrest his owner on Monday. According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, two deputies were wrapping up a traffic stop east of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Monday night when they went to arrest an unidentified tow-truck driver. But when they searched the vehicle, a 'pet feral squirrel' leaped onto the back of one of the deputies, the Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook. As he ran in circles trying to get the squirrel off his back, jumping and grabbing at the rodent, his partner could be seen in video taken from the sheriff's car trying to swat at the animal, but he moves to different parts of the man's body as he tries to run away. The deputies were eventually able to get the rodent back into his cage without anyone - not even the squirrel - getting hurt, the Sheriff's Office said. While conducting a traffic stop on Monday night, a 'pet feral squirrel' leaped onto the back of one of the deputies The...
      Sean Rayford/Getty Images A Georgia law enforcement officer who gloated online about Ahmaud Arbery’s death following last week’s sentencing has been given a termination date. Last week, Judge Timothy Walmsley sentenced Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan to life sentences for the February 2020 killing of Arbery. Arbery was out jogging in 2020 when he was shot to death in a Georgia neighborhood after he was accused of being a suspect in a series of burglaries. Walmsley slammed the McMichaels for their lack of remorse when he handed down sentences of life without parole for the two men. “There’s been discussion about remorse,” said Walmsley. “Remorse is something that’s felt and demonstrated, in this case, getting back to the video, again, after Ahmaud Arbery fell, the McMichaels turned their backs.” One law enforcement officer who had been following the case apparently did not feel justice was served, but he did signal an endorsement of the vigilante killing of the 25-year-old. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported when Walmsley handed down the sentences, Houston County, Georgia, Deputy Paul Urhahn reacted to a...
    Houston police on Sunday said a suspect has been arrested in connection with the October 16 shooting that killed a deputy and wounded two others.  HPD officers and Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a male suspect believed to be the shooter in the murder of Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Deputy Kareem Atkins, 30, and the attempted murders of Deputies Juqaim Barthen, 26, and Darrell Garrett, 28.  L-R: Juqaim Barthen, Darrell Garret, and Kareem Atkins.  (Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4) The three deputy constables were shot in an ambush attack on October 16. They had been working a police-related extra job when they responded to a report of a suspect robbery outside a bar and lounge around 2:15 a.m.  CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH MURDER OF MOTHER OF HIS CHILD IN SHOOTING Two deputy constables were trying to arrest someone when a man with an AR-15 style rifle ambushed them from behind, the sheriff’s office said. The third deputy was shot when he came to help.  The approximate area where the ambush took place.  (Google...
    SAN JOSE — The father of a brother and sister who were hit and killed by a driver fleeing from a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy has filed a legal claim against the county, alleging the deputy engaged in an improper pursuit that failed to signal the victims to the approaching danger. Al Nievas, the father of 25-year-old Precious Nievas and 22-year-old Philip Nievas, both of whom died in the April 26 crash, contends that a deputy’s failure to activate his vehicle’s siren contributed to his children’s deaths. “The loss of my daughter and son has left my life empty and every day is full of ache,” Al Nievas said in a statement to this news organization. “The sheriff (deputy) never used a siren to warn my children that there was an emergency. They had no chance. This never should have happened.” The sheriff’s office referred an inquiry to the County Counsel’s Office, which declined comment through a county spokesperson. The legal claim, which now must be evaluated by the county, is a procedural requirement that typically precedes a lawsuit....
    LYNWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Two suspects have been arrested after a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded in Lynwood.Investigators say deputies responded to a robbery call near Alameda Street and Fernwood Avenue just after 7 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A citizen in the area flagged them down and indicated he had been robbed at gunpoint, and provided a description of the suspects and vehicle, a black Dodge Ram pickup.The deputies spotted the vehicle leaving the scene and then located it at the end of a cul-de-sac where it "made a U-turn and began driving towards the deputies."Authorities say the deputies were then met with a "barrage of gunfire from the suspects." A shootout occurred near 112th and Lorraine streets and one deputy was struck by gunfire.The deputy, who has not been identified, was transported to a hospital in stable condition, and his injury is described as a graze wound to the head. The injured deputy is expected to make a full recovery.One suspect was arrested at the scene and three handguns...
    Editor’s note: This story includes discussion of domestic violence. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). By STEFANIE DAZIO | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES  — Authorities have identified the gunman involved in a California standoff that killed a sheriff’s deputy and three others who were held hostage in a San Joaquin Valley home. The shooter, identified Tuesday as Jose Manuel Ramirez Jr., was fatally shot by Kern County sheriff’s deputies. He had a history of arrests on domestic violence offenses and a restraining order was supposed to have prohibited him from having guns and approaching the home where the attack occurred Sunday in Wasco, a small community in the middle of farm fields northwest of Bakersfield. The sheriff’s office has not said what led to the deadly shootings or the specifics of the 41-year-old’s previous arrests. He had been armed with an AK-47 style rifle and a handgun on Sunday. The county coroner identified the victims who were held hostage inside the home as Ramirez’s sons, 24-year-old Jose Manuel...
    The California sheriff's deputy who was killed while approaching a home following a chaotic standoff that also ended with the death of the gunman, his two sons and their mother was officially identified Monday as a former Marine who served in Afghanistan and was a married father of three children.  Kern County Sheriff's Deputy Phillip Campas, 35, was shot Sunday outside a home in Wasco, just outside Bakersfield and located 140 miles north of Los Angeles. Authorities initially responded to the home around 1 p.m. following reports of shots being fired.  The 41-year-old suspect was the subject of a restraining order that prohibited him from possessing weapons, officials said Monday.  As deputies arrived at the residence, they were told by a female outside that two or three shooting victims were inside and a man was inside with a gun. As deputies approached the home, the suspect began firing at them from inside, authorities said.  They were not struck and took cover. Other law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, responded to the scene.  Almost two hours later, SWAT team...
    An Arkansas sheriff fired one of his deputies for failing to activate his body camera prior to a shooting that resulted in the death of a teenager.  Sgt. Michael Davis allegedly shot a 17-year-old during a traffic stop on June 23. Brittain was taken to a North Little Rock hospital, where he died from his injuries. Fox News doesn't name minors. CALIFORNIA HOMICIDES JUMPED 31% LAST YEAR, STATE REPORT SAYS Davis failed to activate his body camera, meaning the incident was not recorded. Many people gathered outside of the sheriff’s office after the incident, demanding the release of any footage, WBTW reported.  Any footage of the aftermath has yet to be released due to the independent investigation by the Arkansas State Police and the prosecuting attorney.  Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley on Thursday posted a video statement on Facebook in which he repeatedly cited the need for transparency in his decision-making process regarding the incident.  Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley during a video statement posted on Facebook July 1, 2021. (Courtesy: Lonoke County Sheriff's Office Facebook page) ...
    A deputy shot and killed an adult pet chimpanzee named Buck after it attacked a woman in Eastern Oregon, sheriff's officials said. The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office said the chimpanzee, who had lived with Tamara Brogoitti for 17 years in Pendleton, started attacking Brogoitti's daughter on Sunday morning, CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reports. Brogoitti, 68, called 911 and said the animal had bitten her 50-year-old daughter in the torso, arms and legs and that her daughter was hiding in a basement bedroom, sheriff's Lt. Sterrin Ward said. In 911 audio, a dispatcher can be heard asking a woman if she is applying pressure to the wound, KOIN-TV reports. "I'm trying to guard her from a 200-pound ape, so I can't really put pressure on it, ma'am," the caller says. When deputies arrived, the ape was roaming a fenced area outside the house, he said. The sheriff's office said the animal needed to be "put down" so they could get medical aid to the daughter and that they had Brogoitti's permission to shoot it. The chimpanzee was shot once in...
    MODESTO (CBS13) – The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday released bodycam footage of a deadly officer-involved shooting involving a Modesto 16-year-old. The footage starts with a deputy approaching a vehicle during a traffic stop and asking the driver, 16-year-old Xander Mann, to roll down his window. Officials told CBS13 he was reportedly pulled over for expired registration and a broken headlight. READ MORE: Wildfire Risk Soars Along With California Temperatures Just a short moment later, the driver takes off from the scene and the deputy rushes back to the patrol car to chase after the vehicle. The chaotic chase lasted more than 20 miles at times reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour, Stanislaus Sheriff Jeff Dirkse said in the video. You can watch the full video here. Viewer discretion is advised. Criminal defense attorney Linda Parisi questions if the chase was warranted. “The young man stops, the officer sees him, he has got the license plate,” Parisi said. “Don’t they have what they need to ultimately have for the traffic infraction?” Continued footage shows authorities in-chase discussing a...
    PERRIS (CBSLA) – Deputies with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released a video of a shootout that left one person dead. “When we have a critical incident we want to share as much information as possible,” said Sheriff Chad Bianco in a video posted to YouTube by the department. READ MORE: LAPD Arrests And Indicts 12 Individuals In $15 Million Mortgage and Green Loan Scheme In Southern California The shooting unfolded on March 21 near San Jacinto Avenue and Bond Road. One deputy was injured, according to the department. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was found deceased inside a residence on Bond Street. Deputies identified him as Christian Alejandro Castaneda. READ MORE: LAX Runway, 2 Taxiways Reopen After $17.3 Million Renovation Sheriff Bianco said the night before, Castaneda aimed a loaded gun at a deputy during a traffic stop. When Castaneda pulled the trigger the gun malfunctioned and did not fire. Castaneda led deputies on a pursuit and then abandoned the vehicle, escaping on foot. Deputies received word that Castaneda was inside a home...
    A former Georgia deputy has admitted to amassing a cache of nearly a dozen unregistered firearms, after an FBI investigation into an extremist group uncovered the officer's text messages in which he boasted about beating up a black man, used racial slurs and praised Nazis.   Cody Griggers, 28, of Montrose, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm before US District Judge Tilman Self, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia said in a news release. 'This former law enforcement officer knew that he was breaking the law when he chose to possess a cache of unregistered weapons, silencers and a machine gun, keeping many of them in his duty vehicle. Coupled with his violent racially motivated extreme statements, the defendant has lost the privilege permanently of wearing the blue,' Acting US Attorney Peter Leary said. Cody Grigger, a former Wilkinson County sheriff's deputy in Georgia, has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm following an FBI probe into an extremist group Federal officials raided Grigger's...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Dash camera video of the shooting that left Deputy Adam Gibson and K9 Riley dead in January has now been released by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened back on the night of Jan. 18. As previously detailed by the department, the situation started as a traffic stop near Arden Way and Avondale Avenue. RELATED: ‘We’re All One Community’: Fundraiser Held To Support Family Of Fallen Sacramento Deputy Adam Gibson Deputies say the vehicle matched the description of a car that had been reported stolen. The driver was soon identified as a man who was on active parole – 46-year-old Robert Stephen Calderon. The suspect took off and a search for him started. A short chase soon ended inside Cal Expo near the horse racing track. As seen in the dash camera video, Calderon crashed into a concrete curb and a chain-link fence. Deputies soon swarmed the car. Calderon refused to get out of the car. Deputies then used less-lethal projectiles at the windows of his car to try and see inside. A K9 was...
    CONTENT WARNING: This article contains information regarding suicide. If you are struggling with depression or have thoughts of suicide, there is help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK(8255). CALAVERAS COUNTY (CBS13) — It’s a moment Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputy Corporal Andrew Long will never forget:  when his split-second move saved a man’s life. A man was threatening to jump off a bridge near Angels Camp early Monday morning. Law enforcement began searching for the man once the 911 call came in. CBS13 asked Long what was going through his mind as deputies and search and rescue teams from different agencies searched for this man. “I was just hoping that we weren’t too late, to tell you the truth. We always want to get there before something happens,” Long said. But getting to that bridge was half of the battle for this particular call. The first call was vague and didn’t specify which bridge the individual was threatening to jump from on Monday. So deputies searched for 10 hours, finally landing on the Parrots Ferry bridge in Calaveras County....
    This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images A deputy sheriff in Prince William County, Virginia, was fired after it was discovered he was the owner of an account on the right-wing social media website Parler that made threatening posts against governors, politicians, judges, and CEOs.  "Find them. Remove them from their sanctuary. Bring the nightmare to where they lay their heads and kiss their loved ones. Show them that they are NOT untouchable," one post read. In one photo posted to Parler, the user behind the account appeared to share a photo of a myriad of weapons in his possession, including some inside a vest with the word "SHERIFF" inscribed on it.  Aaron Hoffman, the fired deputy, told The Washington Post that he had recently created a Parler account but said he didn't make the posts. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A deputy sheriff in Prince William County, Virginia, was fired after it was discovered he was the...
    Don't mess with Gunner and Richard Wilbanks. The Florida puppy who was rescued from the jaws of an alligator by his fearless owner has been named a Deputy Dog by the local sheriff's office. Gunner the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and his proud owner accepted the award from the Lee County Sheriff's Office this week, as Sheriff Carmine Marceno praised the pup’s “tenacity” as deserving of the honor. MASSIVE 10-FOOT LONG ALLIGATOR SPOTTED ON GOLF COURSE IN FLORIDA “Do you swear to uphold the constitutional law for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Gunner?” Marceno asked the 4-month-old pup, in a cute clip shared to Facebook. Sworn in for duty, Gunner looked ready for action with a police patch on his harness. “OK, this is a big day. You’re going to be a detective now,” Marceno said. When asked to describe the heroic rescue from the hungry gator, Wilbanks said he “wasn’t letting him have my puppy for breakfast.” The Estero man went viral when footage from the Florida Wildlife Federation hit the Internet, showing the 74-year-old prying his pet from...
    SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (CBS13) – A San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a dog over the weekend that was attacking a sheriff’s K-9. Maximus (credit: San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Dept.) Just after 10 p.m. Saturday night, sheriff’s deputies, including K-9 Maximus, attempted to make catch a suspect in the area of Olive St. in Stockton, when another dog reportedly charged at and attacked Maximus. Maximus’ handler, a deputy, shot and killed the attacking dog, according to a statement from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. Maximus was rushed to a veterinary emergency clinic and treated for his injuries. He has since been released and is resting at home. The incident is under investigation.
    TORRANCE (CBSLA) — The chief medical officer of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where a patient was shot by deputies last week, called on Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to review how law enforcement operates in a hospital where there is already trained behavioral response staff. Dr. Anish Mahajan, the acting chief executive officer and chief medical officer of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, issued a statement Friday about the Oct. 7 shooting and the sheriff’s response. “During his October 14 news conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva discussed the shooting of a psychiatric patient at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy from the South Los Angeles Station and why the use of force was appropriate,” Dr. Mahajan’s statement said. “This deputy, who fired multiple shots at the patient, is not a member of the hospital’s on-site Sheriff’s unit and was assigned to provide security to another deputy who was an inpatient in a nearby room.” Earlier this week, several members of the hospital’s staff joined protests of the shooting. The deputy had opened fire on the patient...
    COMPTON, Calif. (KABC) -- Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigators want to speak to a key witness, seen on surveillance video, in connection with the ambush shooting of two deputies in Compton.In the footage, the witness being sought can be seen walking nearby on the sidewalk as the gunman runs away.The male deputy who was shot last weekend has been released from the hospital.The female deputy remains in the ICU, but is expect to recover. Neither deputy has been publicly identified.The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction has now increased to a combined total $640,000RELATED: Video shows wounded deputy struggle to aid partner after Compton shootingEMBED More News Videos As a manhunt continues for the gunman who ambushed two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in Compton, new surveillance footage shows how one deputy struggled to help her partner even as she was bleeding from her own wounds. WATCH: Protesters show up to hospital after Compton deputy shooting EMBED More News VideosA small crowd of demonstrators gathered outside a Lywood hospital Saturday night where two L.A. County Sheriff's...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state sheriff's deputy suffered a stroke while on patrol last month and his cruiser hit a parked car, killing the woman inside it. The deputy has now died, The Seattle Times reported. The victims in the Aug. 29 crash were King County Sheriff’s Deputy Reginald “Reggie” Thomas, 56, and attorney Sarah Leyrer, 41. Leyrer suffered a blunt-force injury to her head and died at the scene. Thomas was removed from his vehicle and taken to a hospital, where his condition worsened. He was put into a medically induced coma and his family members were told he would never talk or walk again. He died on Monday. Thomas had spent 30 years at the sheriff's office and was planning to retire next year. He was a two-time All-American basketball player at Roanoke College and served as a Korean linguist in the U.S. Army. Leyrer was a senior investigator with Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards and previously worked as a lawyer with Columbia Legal Services. Her cat also died in the crash. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    A Florida sheriff's deputy is under investigation after he made multiple comments about George Floyd on Facebook, stating that his death was 'the best outcome'.  Deputy Matthew Archambeau made the comments in August on a Facebook page called 'Police Blotter' and argued with those who criticized his words, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  Archambeau called Floyd 'scum' and falsely claimed he was previously guilty of threatening to shoot a pregnant woman. An internal investigation is now underway at the Hillsborough County sheriff's office work to determine if the comments violated office policies.   Deputy Matthew Archambeau at Hillsborough County sheriff's office in Florida is under investigation for his Facebook comments in a pro-cop group about George Floyd's death  Deputy Matthew Archambeau commented in the pro-cop Facebook page Police Blotter that he believed George Floyd's death while being placed under arrest was the 'best outcome' 'At the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, we strive to educate all of our employees about the importance of being responsible, respectful, and accountable for what they post online,' the Sheriff's Office said in a...
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – A suspect is now in custody after his alleged involvement in a shooting that left a Comal County sheriff’s deputy injured and hospitalized, according to the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was identified as Brian Scott Sharp, 59, of Spring Branch. Officials said he is being held on the original arrest warrant for evading arrest with a vehicle and is being booked Friday on two charges of aggravated assault against a public servant. The suspect in yesterday’s shooting has been identified as 59 year-old Brian Scott Sharp of Spring Branch, Texas. He is...Posted by Comal County Sheriffs Office on Friday, August 21, 2020Deputy Eddy Luna was shot Thursday after he and other deputies were serving the warrant at a home in the 1400 block of Springwood in Spring Branch, according to officials. As of Friday afternoon, the deputy underwent a third surgery and the sheriff’s office said they believe there will be more ahead as he recovers.Deputy Eddy Luna was shot after he and other deputies were serving the warrant at a home in the 1400...
    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva's chief of staff is under fire for comments he made on Facebook about the case of Andres Guardado, the 18-year-old shot in the back five times by a deputy in Gardena last month.Captain John Burcher wrote, among other things, that Guardado "CHOSE his fate."Burcher was using his personal Facebook account and replying to a local news story posted on Facebook about the Guardado case.He wrote, "Why so much coverage over Guardado? What about Isabella Cortes and Patricia Alotorre? Why does this guy, who CHOSE his destiny get so much coverage from you, but the two slain, one raped and slain, 13 year old girls get NOTHING??"Eyewitness News reached Captain Burcher briefly by phone. He confirms he made the comments and says he was trying to get more publicity for these other cases. He says his comments led to an argument on Facebook. Captain Burcher then declined to comment any further."You're an idiot," he wrote to a commenter on Facebook. "Read the facts you moron. Stop it and shut up."To another Facebook commenter he wrote:...
    A retired Florida County Sheriff’s Deputy who flew a “Blue Lives Matter” flag over his garage was told by his homeowners’ association to take it down. The homeowners association sent a “violation notice” to Sean Kennedy that stated, “During a recent inspection, it was noted that you have an improper flag displayed on your property. While we support your patriotism, the American flag does need to be the traditional American flag. No lawn ornaments or freestanding flagpoles shall be placed or maintained on any Lot without the prior approval of the Architectural Review Committee. Please have this violation corrected within 14 days from the date of this letter. If the violation is not corrected within this timeframe, further action will be taken.” Kennedy, a Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy who has served 25 years on the police force, lives with his wife and kids in in New Port Richey. He told WFLA, “People don’t really understand that flag. It’s nothing to do with police. It’s police that have been killed. The meaning of the flag is to support police that have...
    Photo via Adobe A New Port Richey homeowners association sent a former Pasco County Sheriff Deputy Sean Kennedy a letter telling him to remove the Blue Lives Matter flag flying above his garage―and he refuses. In the letter dated June 22, the Fox Wood Community Association wrote, “During a recent inspection it was noted that you have an improper flag displayed on your property. While we support your patriotism the American flag does need to be the traditional American flag.” According to the letter, if the flag is not removed by July 6, “further action will be taken.” In response, Kennedy told WFLA-Channel 8, “I’m not taking it down. It’s something I’ve worked for for 25 years and I believe in, so, and it’s definitely not racist, it’s definitely not hatred,” he said. “It’s a tribute to law enforcement officers and firefighters who died.” Kennedy, who was an officer for 25 years, believes that he understands why he was asked to remove the flag. “I think it’s self-explanatory what’s going on in the world,” he said to the station. “The...
    A week after a deputy shot and killed an 18-year-old man in Gardena, setting off heated demonstrations, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has yet to fully explain how the shooting occurred and has not interviewed the two patrol deputies involved. But details are emerging about the deputies, including earlier allegations faced by the officer who fatally shot Andres Guardado. Sources with knowledge of the case identified them to The Times as Deputies Miguel Vega, who opened fire, and Chris Hernandez, who did not shoot. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the events began when the two deputies saw Guardado, who family members said worked as a security guard, speaking with someone in a car that was blocking the entrance to a body shop about 6 p.m. June 18. Authorities said Guardado “produced a handgun” and ran away, and the deputies chased him. When the deputies caught up, Vega fired his weapon, officials said. Family members and activists have expressed skepticism about the narrative. Vega joined the Sheriff’s Department in 2009, said Capt. John McBride, who heads the department’s...
    SAN ANTONIO – An investigation has been launched after the discovery of another troubling social media post that appears to have been made by a Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy, this one calling for someone to be lynched. Aside from saying it is investigating, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office would not provide any details Tuesday. ”It was extremely concerning,” Eliza Reyes, said referring to the Facebook post she reported to authorities yesterday. ”I saw someone post something about a man stealing mail, and then I was going through the comments, I just go through comments... And then I saw a comment and it just said, you need to lynch this man or something.” Reyes’ concerns grew when she realized the comment was made by a man who appeared to be a Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy. ”First of all, nobody should be saying that. And then for him to be, you know, protect like someone who’s supposed to protect us and look out for the community was really scary and disgusting, really uncalled for,” Reyes said. Reyes sent the post to the...
    Protesters and sheriff’s deputies engaged in a tense standoff Sunday evening over the officer-involved shooting of a Gardena man, with authorities using what appeared to be tear gas to disperse a small group who had broken off from the otherwise peaceful demonstration. “We don’t want to see your children hurt,” someone announced from a sheriff’s helicopter that circled overhead, urging families to leave so that they were not exposed to pepper spray or tear gas and to protect themselves from troublemakers. The crowd of about 100 gathered in Gardena earlier to demand justice for Andres Guardado, an 18-year-old Latino man fatally shot Thursday by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. Authorities said Guardado was armed and had fled from deputies, but have not said what prompted the shooting. “He ran because he was scared,” one of the protesters’ signs read. “Why’d you kill that kid?” the crowd chanted. People in cars raised their fists in solidarity and honked their horns. Aztec dancers beat drums at the front of the procession. Protesters marched down West Redondo Beach Boulevard, where...
    Gardena, California (CNN)A makeshift shrine has formed outside an autobody shop in Gardena, California, where mourners have left bouquets of flowers, balloons, notes and pictures of 18-year-old Andres Guardado, who was shot and killed Thursday by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy. "He was a baby, he was a baby," Guardado's cousin, Celina Abarca, told CNN through tears on Sunday. "I don't know -- it's still not real. I close my eyes and I hope and I pray that it's not really happening." On Sunday, Guardado's family, which hails from El Salvador, gathered at the body shop for a march to honor the late 18-year-old. They wore the blue and white of the Salvadoran flag -- and the blue and white of the Los Angeles Dodgers, of which Guardado was a fan."We just want answers," Celina Abarca said. Guardado's cousins remembered him as an "energetic" and "happy" person, someone who was always willing to help people, particularly his grandmother. Read MoreAnother cousin, Steve Abarca, told CNN the 18-year-old was working at the autobody shop as a security guard the...
    A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy fired six shots at 18-year-old Andres Guardado following a short foot pursuit, killing him near a car-related business near Gardena where he hung out and volunteered his time to stop potential taggers, authorities said Saturday. But Sheriff’s investigators said they have not obtained any video evidence of the incident and, though they said Guardado was armed, it was still unknown whether Guardado pointed that weapon at deputies when he was confronted at the rear of the businesses at 420 West Redondo Beach Boulevard in unincorporated Los Angeles County near Harbor Gateway on Thursday, June 18, Capt. Kent Wegener said. Sheriff’s officials shared few additional details of the fatal confrontation during a news conference Saturday, a day after family and friends held a press conference at the scene of the shooting demanding justice. Guardado’s family has asked for an independent investigation into the shooting. In a statement Saturday, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas also called for an “immediate and independent investigation” by the Office of the Inspector General. But Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, while he...
    Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials on Saturday said a Gardena man shot by a deputy this week was armed with an illegal handgun but did not provide details on what prompted the shooting that resulted in the man’s death. Speaking at a late-afternoon news conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters that investigators were still gathering evidence and that it was too early to say what exactly led to the shooting of Andres Guardado, 18, who family members said worked as a security guard. He also urged the public not to buy into conspiracy theories spreading on social media. The sheriff promised a thorough investigation and urged the public to “wait until all the facts are known” before making judgments. “It’s sometimes going to be maddeningly slow because today in the 24-hour news cycle, everybody wants information immediately,” Villanueva said. “But you have to remind yourself this happened not even 48 hours ago. So the process has just begun.” Advertisement Guardado was shot at about 6 p.m. Thursday following a confrontation with deputies at 420 West Redondo Beach Blvd., said Capt....
    The Georgia sheriff’s deputy who went wildly viral on social media for worrying that McDonald’s employees tampered with her food because of the allegedly long wait time for the meal has spoken out again to address the incident. The officer said that critics misconstrued her message, arguing that she simply wanted to share the anxieties she experiences while working in law enforcement today. Deputy Stacy Talbert took to Facebook Live early on Monday morning to voice her woes that the breakfast she had mobile-ordered from a Richmond Hill McDonald’s had been meddled with because of her profession. Talbert’s emotional address has since been viewed 11 million times, and widely circulated on Twitter. SONIC CUSTOMER SMASHES RESTAURANT WINDOW FOLLOWING ALLEGED PROBLEM WITH CHICKEN TENDERS “It doesn’t matter how many hours I’ve been up, it doesn’t matter what I’ve done for anyone, right now I’m too nervous to take a meal from McDonald’s because I can’t see it being made," Talbert said through tears. "I don’t know what’s going on with people nowadays, but please, just give us a break! “I don’t...
    A California sheriff’s deputy monitoring a protest last month jumped into action to save a baby who swallowed a coin and couldn't breathe. The 11-month-old boy stopped breathing during a demonstration at a park in Palmdale, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, on May 31, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. ORLANDO WOMAN SAVES CHOKING NEIGHBOR IN HEROIC MOMENT CAUGHT ON VIDEO The department this week shared a two-minute surveillance video of the rescue, which showed two women running with the limp child through a supermarket parking lot in search of help. As the baby’s mother stopped to pat his back, the other woman flagged down Deputy Cameron Kinsey, who was monitoring the protest, officials said. “None of that other stuff matters,” Kinsey said in a statement. “Just the baby.” Kinsey rushed to the baby and immediately assessed the situation, using his finger to perform a “mouth sweep” and clear vomit from the child’s mouth, officials said. After several blows to the boy’s back, he began breathing again. Paramedics arrived and took the child to a hospital. The boy had...
    Josh Wilson, a 26-year-old, sheriff’s deputy in Clarksville, Tennessee, was recently fired for social media posts he made expressing hatred for gay people and the rainbow flag, love for Andrew Jackson (the U.S. President who committed genocide against Native Americans) and mockery for the Black Lives Matter movement. Wilson was hired by the local police department in 2016, two years before it started reviewing applicants’ social media profiles as part of their background check process. If they had, they would’ve seen Wilson’s troubling statements, which we’ve included below with our rebuttals: “I hate gay people.” Since 4.5 percent of all Americans identify as LGBTQ, that means Wilson immediately hates 7,056 citizens in his city of nearly 156,800 people, even before meeting them. This bodes ill if they ever call for police assistance. “Yes Harriet Tubman deserves to be on some money. She was a great woman in American history. But why penalize Andrew Jackson? He was a great man in American history.” Harriet Tubman, an anti-slavery abolitionist and strategist in the Civil War, is supposed to replace former-President Jackson on $20 bills...
    A California sheriff’s deputy who was shot in the head early Wednesday after a gunman fired at a police station was identified Thursday while a massive manhunt for the suspect remained underway. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office identified the wounded deputy as 28-year-old Nicholas Dreyfus of the Paso Robles Police Department. The sheriff’s office said Dreyfus has been with the department since October 2018 and is currently assigned to its North County Sheriff’s Station in Templeton. Hundreds of California police officers in and around Paso Robles were hunting Thursday for 26-year-old Mason James Lira, the suspected gunman who shot Dreyfus and a transient man in the back of the head. The shooting unfolding around 4 a.m. Wednesday, when Lira fired at police cars as they entered downtown Paso Robles, authorities said. Two sheriff's deputies heard gunshots but didn’t see the attacker until they were outside of their patrol car when shots were fired at them. Dreyfus was hit in the head. His partner returned fire and dragged the deputy to cover behind a police car....
    A gunman shot a California sheriff’s deputy in the head during an ambush at a San Luis Obispo County police station — then fled the scene and allegedly killed a homeless man. The gunman, identified as Mason James Lira, started his rampage when he opened fire on the Paso Robles Police Department at about 3:45 a.m. and shot one responding police officer in the face, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. Mason James LiraSLO County Sheriff Windows and a door were shot out at the building. No one inside had been hurt. “We feel that this was an ambush, that he planned it, that he intended for officers to come out of the police department and to assault them,” San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a press conference. Lira, 26, fled the scene as the injured officer was being attended to. The wounded deputy was in serious but stable condition with a bullet lodged in his head, the chief said. Police later found a homeless man shot to death at the Paso Robles train...
    U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Steven Carrillo, who allegedly killed a Santa Cruz deputy and wounded two others with gunfire and improvised explosives in a weekend ambush in the Santa Cruz Mountains, was captured by a local resident who wrestled him to the ground and disarmed him of an AR-15, pipe bomb and pistol in a life-or-death confrontation, CBS San Francisco Bay Area reports. Angry and emotional Santa Cruz Sheriff Jim Hart called Carrillo "a dangerous man intent on bringing harm to police officers." Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller was killed over the weekend in an ambush in Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office "I want to talk a little about Steven Carrillo, I don't even want to say his name again," Hart told reporters at a Monday afternoon news conference. "It's the last time you are going to hear me say it. This guy was active Air Force. He was dangerous and he was an angry man intent on bringing harm to police officers. He murdered Sergeant (Damon) Gutzwiller. He injured another deputy." But Hart said it was the actions...
    BEN LOMOND, Calif. (KGO) -- A Santa Cruz County deputy was killed and other officers were injured after an ambush on Saturday, Sheriff Jim Hart said.Around 1:30 p.m., the sheriff's office received a report of a suspicious van on a turnout at Jamison Creek Road near Ben Lomond. The caller said they saw guns and bomb-making devices inside the vehicle.When deputies arrived at the scene they saw the van leave and followed the vehicle. As the van pulled into a driveway on Waldeberg Drive, the officers were ambushed with gunfire and many improvised explosives, Hart said.Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was shot and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead."In my 32-year career, this is the worst day I've ever experienced," Sheriff Jim Hart said as he began the news conference.Gutzwiller worked for the sheriff's office since 2006 and is survived by his wife, young child and another on the way. Hart described him as a courageous, intelligent, sensitive and caring man."Words cannot express the pain we feel for Damon and his family," Sheriff Jim Hart said, "He was...
    DETROIT (AP) — A black woman who was seen on video being punched by a Michigan sheriff’s deputy bit the officer before she was struck, the sheriff said Friday. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton played video and audio from the confrontation with Sha’Teina Grady El, which occurred Tuesday night while deputies were investigating a shooting in Ypsilanti Township. Some officers have been placed on leave while the incident is under investigation. Clayton acknowledged that trust with the community, west of Detroit, has been “fractured.” He said he wanted to share as much information as possible. He played video and audio that was recorded on body cameras. The confrontation with Grady El began when she apparently ignored an order to leave the scene of the shooting as a perimeter was formed. “You might not be able to hear that but he says, ‘You’re biting me.’ You can see the fresh bite mark” on his forearm, Clayton told reporters as images were played on a screen. The body cam doesn’t show the deputy striking Grady El because they were so close...
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