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February 12, 2003 | Errin Haines, Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
A retired El Segundo police officer has identified a South Carolina suspect as the man he glimpsed 45 years ago moments before two fellow officers were shot to death, according to records obtained Tuesday. The suspect's handwriting has also tied him to the crime, records show. In one of the oldest unsolved killings in Los Angeles County, Gerald F. Mason, 69, was charged last month with killing Officers Milton Curtis and Richard Phillips.
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December 7, 2002 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
Images of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy David Powell washed over the 3,000 mourners at Calvary Chapel in Downey on Friday morning: The good-natured man who married a woman with three teenage daughters and a one-bathroom house.... The playful deputy who watched a speeding driver spot his patrol car, slam on the brakes and screech five feet past the crosswalk line at a stoplight. Powell couldn't resist barking over the car's loudspeaker: "Safe!" Powell still pulled him over....
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May 23, 2005 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
A funeral procession for the slain police chief wound its way through a dusty hillside neighborhood Sunday as authorities moved to restore a sense of order in time for the high season in this popular tourist destination. Carlos Bowser Miret, the 49-year-old director of public safety, was ambushed outside his home Saturday morning by two masked assailants -- one of whom sprayed his car with several rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle. Police have not identified suspects or determined a motive.
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August 8, 2003 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Stephen Sorensen, the sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed while answering a trespassing call, was entangled in a feud with the Lake Los Angeles Rural Town Council that was so acrimonious, the lawman feared for his safety, according to a recently filed lawsuit. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Carl H.
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May 15, 2003 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County sheriff's deputy who was attacked by an Indio man and then beaten to death with his own baton on Tuesday had followed correct procedures in responding to the volatile situation, a preliminary investigation has found. Deputy Bruce Lee, 45, a 22-year veteran, was responding to a domestic violence call in La Quinta when he was attacked by Kevin Diabo, 24, outside a house. "Bruce didn't do anything wrong," Riverside County Sheriff Bob Doyle said Wednesday.
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March 21, 2007 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
An FBI-led fugitive task force has captured a reputed 18th Street gang member in Huntington Park who was wanted by the Mexican government in the slaying of a Zacatecas municipal police officer. Odilon Carlos, also known as Odilon Carlos-Marquez, was turned over Tuesday to Mexican authorities by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials at the San Ysidro border crossing.
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December 22, 2006 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday, and another teenager questioned, in the killing of a police officer during a routine traffic stop. Officer Dan Bessant was the second policeman shot to death in this city in less than four years. Oceanside Police Capt. David Heering declined to release the juveniles' names or explain their alleged roles in the shooting.
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April 22, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, David Pierson and Monte Morin, Times Staff Writers
A drive-by gunman shot and killed a California Highway Patrol officer in front of a Pomona courthouse Wednesday, moments after the officer had testified in a series of minor traffic cases, authorities said. The officer, Thomas Steiner, 35, was struck repeatedly in the attack and suffered one gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. The five-year CHP veteran died at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. "I'm very, very saddened, but I'm mad," said D.O. "Spike" Helmick, CHP commissioner.
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March 11, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Just yards from where Valentino Arenas assassinated a California Highway Patrol officer in hopes of gaining membership in a street gang, a Pomona judge sentenced the 16-year-old youth Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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March 18, 2010 | By David Kelly
Describing it as "urban terrorism," California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown joined with Riverside County officials Thursday in asking the public to help find those who tried at least three times to kill officers assigned to a Hemet-based gang task force. "It is incredible and even unprecedented for police officers here to be subject to terrorist attack," Brown said at a Riverside news conference. "We have seen it south of the border, but not here yet." The attacks have involved booby traps aimed at either the headquarters of the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force or officers assigned to the unit, officials said.
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