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June 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The fifth member of a seven-man gang that escaped from prison was convicted of murdering an Irving police officer during a Christmas Eve 2000 robbery of a sporting goods store. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Randy Halprin, 25, in the slaying of officer Aubrey Hawkins, 29. Four of the escapees have been sentenced to death in the case, one fugitive killed himself and the last of the gang is expected to be tried later this year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Officials in Lancaster are crediting the city's new aerial surveillance system with aiding in the capture of a suspect wanted in connection with a double slaying. The incident unfolded Tuesday when Los Angeles Police Department officers were conducting undercover surveillance of an apartment complex on the east side of Lancaster, looking for a man wanted in connection with two homicides, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County sheriff's station in Lancaster. Shortly before 3 p.m., the officers determined that their suspect was inside one of the apartments and called on deputies to help take him into custody.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2003 | Richard Winton and Steve Berry, Times Staff Writers
A businessman was sentenced Monday to a pair of life terms after he admitted murdering two El Segundo police officers in 1957 and offered a teary-eyed apology to the families of his victims. "I do not understand why I did this," said Gerald F. Mason, 69, who was caught when an old fingerprint from the crime scene matched his in a new FBI national database. "I detest these crimes.... I still do not want to remember what happened."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Anaheim's police chief said Saturday that he is "extremely confident" a suspect arrested Friday is responsible for the deaths of four homeless men and that authorities plan to present the homicide cases to Orange County prosecutors next week. Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, of Yorba Linda was booked at the Anaheim jail early Saturday morning. He will be transferred to the Orange County Jail early next week. Authorities did not specify a motive for the killings or provide any details about the suspect or the victim killed Friday evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2008 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
It was the 4 1/2 minutes that forever changed the California Highway Patrol. Thirty-eight years ago today, four CHP officers died in a fierce gunfight with a pair of heavily armed motorists outside a Valencia coffee shop after a seemingly routine traffic stop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1996 | JIM NEWTON and TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Friday afternoon shooting in suburban La Mesa left three off-duty police officers dead, one by his own hand--an extraordinarily bloody moment in the history of Southern California law enforcement that authorities believe was sparked by the jealous rage of a Los Angeles police officer. Sources said the killer appears to have been a recently hired Los Angeles Police Department officer named Guillermo Delacruz, 29, who worked patrol in the agency's Southeast area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2008 | Richard Winton and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Winton and Bloomekatz are Times staff writers.
As the wife and three children of slain Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante solemnly looked on, top law enforcement and city officials announced Saturday that two men had been arrested in the deputy's shooting death, although the motive in the killing is unclear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2005 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
The fatal stabbing of an officer by an inmate at the Chino men's prison might have been prevented if guards had not routinely violated security protocols and if managers had properly housed the alleged assailant in a cell for violent convicts, an investigative report concluded Wednesday. In response to the findings, state corrections officials placed Warden Lori DiCarlo and two chief deputies on paid administrative leave and launched a widespread audit of prison operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Southern California's street-gang problem drew national attention Wednesday when the FBI announced that a South Whittier gang member sought in a brutal attack on two sheriff's deputies would be placed on its 10 most wanted list. Emigdio Preciado Jr., also known as "Junior," "Trigger," "Spooky" and "Snyper," will join a list that includes Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Colombian drug lord Diego Leon Montoya Sanchez and Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
A wounded 3-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother were found hiding Monday at an Anaheim home where police say a day earlier the father shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself . The youngest of the children, who was wounded during the Sunday night violence, was found hiding near trash cans at the side of the house after his brother, who was not injured, called 911, Anaheim Police Sgt. Tim Schmidt said. Around the time that police believe the shooting happened, a passerby called police to report shots fired, but the bodies were not found until the next morning.
NATIONAL
December 12, 2009 | By Pamela Lehman and Michael Duck
Before he went on to his career as a police officer in Washington state, Mark Renninger was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa., and on Friday, more than 1,000 people from his hometown gathered to say farewell to the man who was gunned down with three fellow officers last week near Seattle. Residents braved numbingly cold winds outside Liberty High School, where Renninger was a standout strong safety and an A student, to watch the funeral procession. The procession, which lasted most of the day and wound throughout the city, drew family, friends, police officers and people who had never met Renninger but had heard what happened in a coffee shop in Lakeland, Wash.
WORLD
November 9, 2009 | Reuters
Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested about 100 armed men blamed for killing dozens of policemen in an attack in the country's isolated north last month, the government said Sunday. Villagers had killed 47 policemen sent to quell clashes over fishing rights between two villages in Equateur province, according to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo. The government disputed the death toll given by the United Nations but vowed last week to stem what it called the start of a new uprising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2009 | Associated Press
A Border Patrol agent who was slain in a rugged, remote area along the Mexican border was buried in El Centro on Friday after being remembered as a family man who dreamed that his 2-year-old son would follow in his footsteps. About 4,000 people packed a memorial service for Robert Rosas, 30, who was found dead on the night of July 23 in Campo, about 60 miles east of San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2009 | Richard Marosi
Mexican authorities have detained five people in connection with last week's fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, but U.S. investigators have not said whether they are suspects in the case. The detainees were arrested within two days after Robert Rosas, a three-year agency employee, was shot multiple times by suspected smugglers near the border fence.
WORLD
March 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Gunmen killed an officer in an attack on a Northern Ireland police patrol, authorities said, just 48 hours after Irish Republican Army dissidents claimed responsibility for shooting to death two British soldiers. The shootings fanned fears of a return to violence after years of fragile peace. The latest killing came even as British security chiefs appealed for public help to catch the soldiers' killers. "We are staring into the abyss," warned a moderate Catholic politician, Dolores Kelly, after police confirmed that the officer was fatally shot in the head while sitting in his patrol car in the religiously divided town of Craigavon.
NEWS
February 21, 1994 | FAYE FIORE and MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On those mornings at dawn when Francine Spada would run the woodsy hills of Elysian Park in training to become a Los Angeles police officer, her husband and daughter would follow her in the family car just to make sure she was safe. That was 11 years ago; if only it were that easy to keep her safe today.
WORLD
January 15, 2009 | Ned Parker
In the darkened living room of a house surrounded by concrete barriers, Safaa Mamouri wipes his eyes and reproaches himself for how little he resembles his dead brother, a man even his enemies admired. "Qais was fearless. I'm not like him," he says. "From the first threat, I quit." Maj. Gen. Qais Hamza Mamouri presided over security here in Babil province at a dangerous time, when the country's sectarian war raged.
WORLD
December 16, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nine policemen were killed and 31 wounded when a suicide bomber drove a car into their checkpoint west of Baghdad, a police source said. He said most of the injured were policemen. The attack occurred in the Khan Dhari area. Another police source put the death toll at three, with 30 wounded.
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