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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A 35-year-old man was shot dead by Riverside County sheriff's deputies early Sunday after firing a rifle during a domestic dispute, according to a sheriff's news release . At 1:17 a.m., a woman reported that she was in a house in French Valley with two young children and a man who had fired his rifle at least once. While on the phone with the woman, a dispatcher heard several gunshots, the news release said. Neighbors also began calling to report gunfire. When deputies arrived, the man, Otavis Hall, refused to speak to them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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July 1, 2013 | By Carla Hall
The U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division announced a sweeping and fairly damning finding that Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies in the Antelope Valley had engaged in “a pattern or practice of discriminatory and otherwise unlawful searches and seizures, including the use of unreasonable force.”  Sheriff's deputies also “engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against African Americans in violation of...
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April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department acknowledged Thursday that its deputies mistakenly shot and killed a aspiring TV producer they thought was a stabbing suspect. In fact, John Winkler, 30, had gone to a neighbor's apartment Monday night on Palm Avenue in West Hollywood where a man was holding people hostage and tried to help. Winkler was shot when he rushed out of the apartment with another victim who had been trapped inside the apartment with a third victim and the suspect, sheriff's officials said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man shot and killed by sheriff's deputies Thursday night after holding up a woman in her home near West Covina and then attempting to flee had a woman and a child in his getaway car, authorities said. The man, who was not immediately identified, tried to rob the woman at gunpoint sometime before 5 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said, but deputies were called to the scene by her son, who said a black car was waiting outside. When deputies arrived, the black car was already speeding toward them and a chase ensued, the Sheriff's Department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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December 31, 2000
Re "Deputy Benefits Top Civilian Perks, Study Says," Dec. 17. It has always been my belief that labor contracts should not be negotiated in the press. Therefore, I will refrain from making any statements about the ongoing process between the county and the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs' Assn. I feel, however, that I must respond to a [statement attributed to a county employee, saying that] Sheriff's Department employees have come to simply expect such privileges as 3% at 50 retirement because of a local ordinance that exclusively earmarks about $40 million a year in proceeds from a half-cent sales tax for public safety agencies.
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June 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A man in Fallbrook died during a struggle with San Diego County sheriff's deputies Wednesday night after he was spotted driving erratically in a car with a flat tire, authorities said. After the car smashed into a fence, the driver ran inside a home. When deputies attempted to arrest him, he became combative, forcing deputies to use a Taser and a police dog, authorities said. During the struggle, he stopped breathing and died, despite attempts by paramedics to revive him. The incident is under investigation by homicide officers and the county medical examiner.
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