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December 4, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Lin is a Times staff writer.
The wife of a man who died last year after being shocked with a stun gun during a confrontation with Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies is suing the county and the weapon's manufacturer. In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Carolina Silva accuses the county and Taser International Inc. of the wrongful death of her husband, Cesar.
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November 26, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Blankstein and Winton are Times staff writers.
When Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante was gunned down in August outside his boyhood home in Cypress Park, theories abounded on possible suspects and a motive. The early focus of Los Angeles Police Department detectives was whether the slaying was related to Escalante's job at the Men's Central Jail, where he guarded the county's most dangerous inmates, including members of the Mexican Mafia.
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October 26, 2008 | Esmeralda Bermudez, Bermudez is a Times staff writer.
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who stood out for his youthful energy, despite being one of the older recruits to join the force, died Friday afternoon four years after a car struck him, sending him into a long-term coma. He was 44. Randy Hamson was investigating a traffic accident one night in 2004 along a poorly lighted highway in Santa Clarita when he spotted a passing car with its headlights turned off, officials at his local sheriff's station said.
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October 22, 2008 | Richard Winton, Winton is a Times staff writer.
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies face assault charges for allegedly beating up a firefighter while off duty last year in Pomona, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday. Joshua Titel and Brian Richards, both 31, pleaded not guilty in L.A. County Superior Court and were released without bail. According to prosecutors, the two deputies beat and kicked the victim on June 24, 2007.
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October 19, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Time Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man suspected of breaking into a Lynwood-area business, officials said Saturday. An informant flagged down two deputies from Century Station about 11 p.m. Friday, saying someone was breaking into the business in the 11600 block of Atlantic Avenue, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Art Spencer. The deputies split up, one approaching from the front of the business and the other from the back, Spencer said.
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October 1, 2008 | Scott Glover and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
An Irvine man who authorities said was severely beaten by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was semi-conscious Tuesday and is expected to require "complete facial reconstruction," his father said. Chris Heflin said his son Michael, 23, also had been stabbed multiple times in the groin area at an Irvine apartment complex, but he did not believe the deputy had actually attempted to castrate his son as he was initially told by a hospital staff member.
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September 30, 2008 | Richard Winton and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly beat, stabbed and may have tried to castrate a young man whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife, according to a law enforcement source and a relative of the victim. Deputy Robert McClain, 34, is also suspected of assaulting his wife after confronting her about the alleged affair, law enforcement sources said.
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August 11, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
A deputy shot and wounded a man near the border of Compton and Lynwood on Saturday night after the deputy came under fire, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Sheriff's deputies went to the 500 block of East El Segundo Boulevard about 9:15 p.m. to disperse a group of suspected gang members who were believed to be selling drugs, authorities said. The group scattered, and a deputy in a patrol car chased two men, who scaled a fence, according to the department.
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August 5, 2008 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
The off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was slain outside his home over the weekend was shot from behind and may not have seen his killer, police detectives said Monday. Authorities stressed that all angles, including the deputy's work in the jails, his personal life and the gang violence that pervades the Cypress Park area where he died, are being examined for a possible motive. Los Angeles Police Cmdr.
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August 4, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer and Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy gunned down Saturday outside his boyhood home in Cypress Park had been assigned to guard the most dangerous inmates in the county, including members of the notorious Mexican Mafia gang, authorities said Sunday. Los Angeles police and sheriff's officials said the prospect that Deputy Juan Abel Escalante was killed because of his work at the jail remained one of three possible motives.
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