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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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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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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.
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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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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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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
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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July 18, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Some Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies may have been looking for a shortcut up the chain of command. Department officials have launched an investigation into allegations that some deputies cheated on the promotional exam this month. In an unusual move, the agency announced the internal affairs investigation Thursday in a mass internal email, which was obtained by The Times. “Regrettably, it has been brought to the Department's attention that there may have been some isolated attempts by individuals to gain an unfair advantage during the written examination for Sergeant,” the email read.
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December 16, 2001
Since Sept. 11, there has been an outpouring of public appreciation for the enormous physical courage displayed by firefighters and police officers who so willingly gave their lives that fateful day. A much less visible form of courage is the moral courage that public safety professionals display every day--the type of courage demonstrated by choosing to do the right thing even when it is to one's detriment. A showdown between a financially challenged county and deputy sheriffs who were seeking an average pay and benefit package for the area appeared inevitable as the union scheduled its general membership meetings last week.
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