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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies shot and killed a homeless man wielding a stick over the weekend, officials said. The shooting occurred at about 3:48 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Venice and La Cienega boulevards in Los Angeles, authorities said. Deputies with the Transit Services Bureau came into contact with the man when he "suddenly armed himself with a wooden stick," the Sheriff's Department said in a news release. He then "advanced toward the deputies with the wooden stick overhead," prompting them to open fire, the release said.
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March 7, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say that a Newsweek reporter's story exposing what the magazine claims is the founder of Bitcoin did quote them and the man featured in the article accurately, a spokesman said. The San Gabriel Valley suburb of Temple City  was inundated by reporters Thursday after Newsweek alleged resident Dorian Nakamoto was really "Satoshi Nakamoto," the man behind the virtual currency. In the Newsweek article he is quoted as telling the reporter "I'm no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it" while deputies are present.
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