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February 20, 2001 | JEAN MERL and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police found a handgun in the car--but no weapon on the body--of a man officers shot to death in a busy Long Beach park, a police spokeswoman said Monday. The gun was found several hours after Long Beach officers shot the man in front of at least 200 spectators at a soccer match. Police had been called to Chittick Field Park about 3:30 p.m. Sunday by reports of a man with a gun. Police identified the man Monday as Jose Mendoza, 21, of Los Angeles.
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February 19, 2001 | ELISE GEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man was shot and killed by Long Beach police officers Sunday afternoon in a park crowded with 200 to 300 parents and children who had gathered for soccer games, authorities said. The Long Beach shooting occurred on a violent Sunday in which officers were involved in two other unrelated shootings--one in which Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a knife-wielding man and another in Compton where sheriff's deputies shot and wounded two men after a chase.
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February 12, 2001
A man was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies Sunday after he allegedly grabbed one of the deputy's guns, authorities said. The sheriff's deputies contacted the man for a drug investigation about 7:20 a.m. near 103rd Street and Western Avenue, said Deputy Steve Jauch. The man, whose identity was not released, ran away. At one point he turned and confronted one of the deputies, who used pepper spray on the suspect with no effect, Jauch said.
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February 9, 2001 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fast and violent police chase punctuated by an exchange of gunfire ended Thursday night with the shooting death of a man at a busy Pico Rivera intersection, authorities said. The chase began when Whittier police responded to a 911 call from the residents of a home in the 10300 block of Jersey Avenue in Santa Fe Springs, Whittier Police Lt. Rick Gilliland said. "He was brandishing a gun and he apparently went into the house and confronted people, some of whom he may have known," Gilliland said.
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January 24, 2001
A 34-year-old man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies after a violent rampage in Florence was known as Gilberto Garcia and Gustavo Roman, authorities said Tuesday. "He apparently used the Roman name in the United States, but we are still unsure of where he originated from," said Lt. Ray Peavy of the Sheriff's Department. The man entered a church in the 600 block of Compton Avenue about 11:45 a.m. Monday and took off his clothes.
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December 16, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved spending $975,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Margaret Mitchell, the 102-pound homeless woman fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer last year. The city's civilian Police Commission had ruled that the shooting violated the department's policies on the use of deadly force.
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December 4, 2000
Sheriff's deputies shot a Palmdale man who allegedly waved a fireplace poker at them Sunday morning, officers said. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. Norine Plett said the man, who was shot in the chest, was taken to an area hospital and listed in stable condition. Deputies were responding to a domestic violence call about 3:40 a.m. on Amalfi Drive when the man confronted them with the tool, Plett said.
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December 1, 2000 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 38-year-old mother of four is expected to lose her eye after an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division shot her three times with a beanbag shotgun early Monday because he mistakenly thought the woman was reaching for a weapon hidden in her jacket.
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November 22, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET
The father of the man shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Saturday said his son was drunk and despondent over his mother's critical illness when he allegedly brandished an assault rifle at officers. John Gault, 73, said his son, Mark Gault, was an excellent marksman and suggested that he fired at deputies out of a death wish. "He was a good shot," John Gault said. "If he wanted to hit any of the police, he could have."
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November 21, 2000
A 37-year-old man who allegedly fired an assault rifle at sheriff's deputies early Saturday died from a shotgun blast when deputies returned fire, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Monday. Mark Gault was found dead in his childhood home in the 29300 block of Snapdragon Place at 5:07 a.m. Saturday, more than three hours after he fired on two deputies and a sergeant as they arrived in response to a vandalism call in the neighborhood.
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