December 6, 2008 |
Suspected leftist rebels in Colombia attacked a small police convoy with explosives and automatic weapons, killing eight police officers and wounding one. The officers, traveling in a four-wheeled vehicle and on two motorcycles, were responding to an anonymous tip about a body supposedly found near a cemetery not far from their base in Fortul, said the Arauca province police chief, Col. Luis Ortiz. He said the bomb blast apparently was triggered by remote control. The rebels then opened fire on the officers, said Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos.
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November 26, 2008 |
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.
November 12, 2008 |
Mayor Hugo Torres has always pitched his seaside city as a cut-rate paradise. But even this relentless hometown booster is stumped these days: How do you sell the Mexican good life in the midst of a drug war? The city's bustling main drag, Benito Juarez Boulevard, has been the scene of two shootings since September, including a drive-by slaying of a 15-year-old boy and three others in a pet store filled with frenzied puppies and canaries. Gunmen shot down one police officer guarding a park.
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November 11, 2008 |
A teenager was found guilty Monday in the 2006 shooting death of Oceanside Police Officer Dan Bessant. Penifoti Taeotui, 18, was convicted of first-degree murder, said Julie Myers, a spokeswoman for San Diego County Superior Court. Taeotui also was found guilty of shooting at Bessant and another officer "for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal street gang" and using a semi-automatic rifle during in the shooting, according to court documents.
November 9, 2008 |
Two disabled police officers were shot to death while on traffic patrol in northern Mexico, an official said. Assailants opened fire on the men in the city of Chihuahua. Investigators did not know why the officers, one using a wheelchair and the other suffering from extremely weak eyesight, were targeted.
November 4, 2008 |
A police commander was ambushed by gunmen as he left home early Monday, becoming the 12th officer slain in the central state of Mexico in five days. The spate of killings has claimed state and municipal officers in half a dozen cities and towns since Thursday. State authorities said the attacks appeared to be the work of criminal gangs that have sought a foothold for drug trafficking and other illegal activities in Mexico state, which borders Mexico City on three sides.
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October 16, 2008 |
The daughter and a grandson of an 84-year-old woman who died at a Northern California farmhouse cremated her on an improvised barbecue and fashioned a necklace with a chunk of the woman's skull, authorities in rural Tehama County said Wednesday. Kathleen Theresa Allmond, 50, and her son, Tony Ray, 30, were jailed on suspicion of elder abuse and embezzlement.
October 10, 2008 |
Five state police officers were killed in the western Mexican state of Jalisco by men who lobbed grenades and fired more than 800 bullets, officials said Thursday. The officers came under fire Wednesday night as they prepared to search a car they had just stopped in the town of Lagos de Moreno outside the city of Guadalajara, the Jalisco state public safety department said in a statement. The assailants arrived in two pickup trucks. Two bystanders were wounded, the department said.
September 15, 2008 |
Three roadside bombs planted in succession struck a police convoy in Jalawla, 80 miles northeast of Baghdad, killing five officers, an official in Diyala province said. The U.S. military said two American soldiers died of causes unrelated to combat. They were assigned to the Multi-National Division Center, which operates south of the capital. In Baghdad, the leader of a Sunni group allied with the U.S. died Saturday night when his booby-trapped car exploded, officials said.