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November 1, 2000 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Anthony Dwain Lee and others were laughing at a joke near the end of a Halloween party when a police officer shined his flashlight at them through a glass door and fired nine shots as Lee turned toward the light, holding a fake gun, lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. said Tuesday, based on witness interviews.
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November 1, 2000 | MIKE DOWNEY
You shouldn't stand with a realistic- looking gun in your hand. Any child would know that. Even a little squirt carrying a water pistol or a silly silver Lone Ranger cowboy's six-shooter to a masquerade party would be told repeatedly by many a grown-up: "Now don't go pointing that at anybody." And Anthony Lee was no kid. He was 39. He was a good man, by most accounts, with a bad past--a Sacramento gang member as a youth, stabbed once in a street fight. So maybe he should have known better.
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October 31, 2000 | JOSH MEYER SUE FOX and KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles Police Department on Monday rallied around an officer who shot and killed a man at a weekend Halloween costume party, saying that he too was a victim of a tragic set of circumstances. Authorities say Anthony Dwain Lee was pointing an authentic-looking rubber replica of a .357 magnum semi-automatic Desert Eagle at police when he was shot. It was not clear where Lee, an up-and-coming actor, got the replica.
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October 31, 2000 | SUE FOX and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The fake gun held by Anthony Dwain Lee was an exact black rubber copy, the kind allowed on movie and TV sets but illegal to sell or brandish in a threatening manner under local and state laws. In 1987, Los Angeles became the first major U.S. city to outlaw the manufacture and sale of realistic toy guns after KNBC-TV consumer reporter David Horowitz was held hostage on the air by a man wielding a toy pistol.
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October 29, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON and SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles police officer responding to a loud Halloween costume party at a Benedict Canyon mansion early Saturday morning shot and killed an actor, who authorities said pointed what turned out to be a fake handgun at him. Anthony Dwain Lee, 39, of Van Nuys, who appeared in the movie "Liar, Liar" and on such television shows as "ER" and "NYPD Blue," was shot at multiple times by Officer Tarriel Hopper, who fired from outside through a window, authorities said.
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October 23, 2000 | KENNETH REICH and JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles police fired rubber bullets Sunday into a crowd of people demonstrating against police brutality near the LAPD's downtown headquarters, breaking up an unauthorized splinter group of marchers who threw bottles, vandalized bus stops and yelled obscenities.
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October 4, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Los Angeles police officer shot and wounded a man who was waving a pellet gun and scaring bystanders Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The victim, whom police could not identify late Tuesday, was shot twice in the upper body after he pointed the gun at one of two officers at the scene, according to Lt. Horace Frank of the Los Angeles Police Department. Frank said the officer was not aware it was a pellet gun. The incident occurred at 1:40 p.m. in the 10900 block of Lehigh Street.
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September 26, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU
A motorist who allegedly tried to run down a traffic officer was charged Monday with attempted murder, according to the district attorney's office. Gary Simmons, 47, of Ventura County was shot twice by 32-year-old Officer David Hopkins of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division. Simmons is in critical but stable condition at an area hospital, where he remains on a respirator, said Det. Rich Haro of the LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division.
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September 23, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A motorcycle officer shot and wounded a motorist who allegedly tried to run over him Friday in Reseda, authorities said. Los Angeles Police Officer David Hopkins stopped the motorist, who is in his early 50s, for a speeding violation about 11 a.m. at the intersection of Valjean Avenue and Valerio Street, LAPD Officer Jason Lee said. When the officer got off his bike, the driver of the stolen red Nissan Sentra sped away.
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