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February 16, 2008
Funeral services were held Friday for Officer Randal Simmons, 51, of the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT team, who was fatally shot Feb. 7 during a standoff at a Winnetka house, where a gunman killed three family members. A police sniper killed the gunman. The Times' Homicide Report blog and message boards have received more than 600 comments from readers expressing their feelings about Simmons' death.
February 10, 2008 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
To many children who have so little, Officer Randy meant so much. He brought them bicycles at Christmas. He took them to Dodgers games and McDonald's. He got them new shoes for school. He invited them to day camp for a swim and slipped their parents money for groceries. Nearly every weekend he visited lower income neighborhoods from Carson to Watts to South-Central, as part of a church group he founded -- Glory Kids Ministries -- to steer youngsters from gangs and toward the gospels.
February 8, 2008 | Richard Winton, Amanda Covarrubias and Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writers
The standoff began shortly after a man in Winnetka called 911 saying he had gunned down three relatives. It ended early Thursday -- more than eight hours later -- with a single round from a police sniper who killed the suspect as he emerged from his burning house firing a barrage of bullets. In between, two highly decorated Los Angeles Police Department officers were shot, one fatally. The LAPD was deeply shaken by the nightlong siege in an otherwise quiet San Fernando Valley neighborhood.
January 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A vagrant wanted for questioning in a rape overpowered a New Orleans police officer who was trying to handcuff him, then shot her to death with her weapon, police said. Officer Nicola Cotton, 24, managed to use her radio during the struggle to call for backup, but the man grabbed her weapon and shot her repeatedly, said Police Superintendent Warren Riley. "I can tell you this officer fought with a man twice her size, and she fought very courageously," Riley said. The suspect, Bernell Johnson, 44, stayed on the scene and was arrested.
January 20, 2008 | Richard Marosi and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
A U.S. Border Patrol agent pursuing suspected drug smugglers along the California-Mexico border was struck and killed Saturday by one of the fleeing vehicles, agency officials said. The agent was trying to stop two vehicles that had illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico when he was hit, said agent Jeremy Schappell, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Yuma sector. He said the incident occurred about 9:30 a.m.
January 7, 2008 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
In the 26 years since former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal gunned down her cop husband on a Philadelphia street, Maureen Faulkner has often felt like a reed in a tornado. As death penalty opponents around the world rallied to win Abu-Jamal a new trial, contending that he had been framed by local police, Faulkner quietly fought back one hearing at a time. She never missed a court hearing through the long appeals process, even after she moved from Philadelphia to suburban Ventura County.
January 4, 2008 | From Reuters
Three Mexican police officers were abducted, killed and dumped on a heavily patrolled road not far from the U.S. border on New Year's Day despite an influx of troops in the area, the state attorney general's office said Thursday. The bodies of the officers from this sprawling border city near San Diego were found wrapped in sheets outside the nearby beach town of Rosarito on a highway with several army checkpoints.
January 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Two assailants with guns and grenades ambushed a police recruitment center in Rampur, India, killing seven officers and a civilian, a police official said. The slain officers belonged to a special force created to fight insurgents, said Brij Lal, a senior police official in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Police did not say which group they suspected, but in the past authorities have blamed violence in the region on militants trying to spark unrest between India's Hindu majority and its Muslim minority.
November 19, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Taliban militants slashed the hands and legs of five abducted policemen in a southern province and hung their mutilated bodies from trees in a warning to villagers against working with the government, officials said. "The Taliban told the people that whoever works with the government will suffer the same fate as these policemen," said provincial police chief Juma Gul Himat.
November 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two police officers were killed by 20 heavily armed men who stormed a morgue in Ensenada, Mexico, to snatch the body of a drug trafficker, police said. The dead man was thought to be a member of the Arellano Felix drug cartel. Fellow traffickers apparently wanted to take his body for burial without having to identify themselves. He died this week in a helicopter crash along with another suspected trafficker, whose body the gunmen failed to get.
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