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September 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Residents in a Bellflower neighborhood were told to stay indoors Wednesday afternoon after reports of gunshots. About 1:10 p.m., a person called 911 from a home in the 17600 block of Virginia Avenue then hung up, but not before the dispatcher heard a woman screaming and indications that a gun could be involved, Sheriff's Sgt. David Sprengel said. Deputies, including the SWAT team, rushed to the area and heard several shots and locked down the neighborhood. The female 911 caller and possibly one other person fled from the home as authorities showed up, leaving the gunman inside alone, Sprengel said.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Cindy Chang and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot and killed an aspiring TV producer earlier this week while responding to a stabbing and hostage standoff in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday. Sheriff's officials said deputies believed John Winkler, 30, was the attacker when they encountered him at a Palm Avenue apartment complex Monday night. In fact, he was one of three hostages being held inside an apartment by a man with a knife. Three deputies shot Winkler when he rushed out of the apartment with one of the other victims, sheriff's officials said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies harassed and intimidated blacks, Latinos and other residents in the Antelope Valley, the U.S. Justice Department has concluded after a two-year investigation. Federal officials found a pattern of sheriff's deputies using unreasonable force, intimidation and “widespread” unlawful detentions and searches. Many of the findings involved residents who received low-income subsidized housing. The allegations mark another setback for a troubled department that is also the subject of a federal investigation into deputy misconduct and brutality in the jail system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Armed with a search warrant, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies raided the home of Montebello Mayor Christina Cortez early Thursday. The department did not have immediate details other than deputies had served a search warrant about 7:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Los Angeles Avenue, the same street where the mayor's home is located, according to voting records.   According to Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the department, the warrant that was served is not focused on the mayor.
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September 21, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot and killed three armed suspects in separate incidents over the weekend, bringing the total number of fatal deputy-involved shootings so far this year to 13. A deputy was injured during a gun battle in one of the three shootings, and suspects' firearms were recovered after each incident, said Steve Whitmore, a department spokesman. There were five fatal shootings by sheriff's deputies in 2008, Whitmore said. The recent spate of shootings comes less than a week after Sheriff Lee Baca called for an expedited investigation into a deputy's fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Athens on Sept.
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April 26, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A knife-wielding man was shot and killed Friday night during a confrontation with deputies outside a home in Maywood, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's deputies from the East Los Angeles Station responded around 11:06 p.m. to a report of a man attempting to commit suicide at a home in the 3800 block of 56th Street, according to a department statement. The caller told authorities the man was holding a knife to his stomach, the statement said. When deputies arrived they saw the man holding in his right hand a long metal object that resembled a knife, authorities said.
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March 6, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies pleaded not guilty Thursday in connection with allegations that they assaulted a handcuffed inmate, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. Deputies Joey Aguiar and Mariano Ramirez were the latest in a string of 21 current and former sheriff's officials charged by federal authorities in connection with the FBI's three-year investigation into brutality and other misconduct in the Sheriff's Department. Last month, federal authorities alleged that Aguiar and Ramirez violated the civil rights of the inmate by assaulting him Feb. 11, 2009, inside Men's Central Jail.
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August 27, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said "alcohol is suspected" to have been a factor when two off-duty deputies allegedly fired their guns during a dispute over loud music at a campground this past weekend. The deputies -- Dejay Barber, 44, and Matthew Rincon, 24 -- were arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm after Chino police officers were called to Prado Regional Park early Sunday morning.  Authorities suspect that the off-duty deputies learned they were colleagues only after their campground showdown.
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November 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A carjacking suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at the car's occupant was shot with Tasers by deputies in Lancaster, authorities said Wednesday. The suspect and an accomplice were taken into custody by deputies who recovered guns, ammunition and black masks from the pair, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The incident began Tuesday afternoon when the two suspects were in a vehicle and one of them pointed a gun at deputies. The deputies began pursuing the vehicle, which stopped at a cul-de-sac.  The suspect who allegedly pointed the gun at the deputies was taken into custody, but the driver carjacked a vehicle.
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May 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Thursday that a man at the center of a videotaped altercation with deputies died from heart disease -- not baton blows. The county coroner's office labeled David Sal Silva's death accidental, adding that the primary cause of death was hypertensive heart disease. Videos taken by witnesses showed baton blows and a struggle between Silva and deputies. Youngblood said those blows were mainly to his midsection and were not fatal. Silva also received a bite from a K-9 dog. Toxicology tests showed Silva had amphetamines and methamphetamines in his system and a blood alcohol level of 0.095.
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