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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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September 19, 2000
An unarmed motorist shot to death last week by three Los Angeles police officers was identified Monday as 22-year-old Daniel Sanchez of Los Angeles. Sanchez died at County-USC Medical Center about an hour after he was shot several times by the officers Friday at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and North Figueroa Street, said Scott Carrier, a coroner's spokesman.
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September 16, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Los Angeles City Council members, lawyers with the city attorney's office and a number of Los Angeles police officers cannot be held liable for several controversial shootings by the LAPD's Special Investigation Section, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned several earlier rulings by U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts.
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September 16, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed an unarmed motorist after a pursuit in Cypress Park early Friday because they thought he was pointing a handgun at one of them. Officers first saw the man, whose identity was not released, speeding in the area about midnight and pursued him for about three minutes. The man lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and North Figueroa Street and slammed into a traffic signal pole, police said.
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September 8, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 83-year-old man shot by police officers when he reportedly pointed a gun at them may have been living in the Mercedes-Benz that he was driving when they stopped him, authorities said Thursday. Officials said they found boxes in the 1991 car owned by Henry Peterson of Sun Valley, which led them to believe he may have been living in it. Police have also not been able to locate any relatives in the area.
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September 7, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two police officers shot and wounded an 83-year-old man during a traffic stop Wednesday evening after he allegedly pointed a gun at them as they impounded his gray Mercedes-Benz, police said. The unlicensed driver was pulled over by a pair of motorcycle officers for allegedly speeding near San Fernando Road and Sheldon Street, said Officer Don Cox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
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July 27, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The family of a man who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer mourned their loss Wednesday, even as they demanded answers to questions about the fatal confrontation. Christopher Oliver, 27, was shot to death by LAPD Sgt. Steve Ulrich, a 13-year department veteran, after an allegedly-drunken Oliver drove a vehicle toward the officer on a quiet street in Woodland Hills. LAPD spokesmen said Ulrich fired in self-defense. Both men lived within a half-block of the shooting site.
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July 26, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An off-duty Los Angeles police sergeant shot and killed a 27-year-old Woodland Hills neighbor who crashed a truck into a line of parked cars and then tried to run down the officer, police said Tuesday. Christopher Oliver, who authorities say was drunk, smashed the truck into six vehicles in the 23300 block of Friar Street and was attempting to mow down Sgt. Steve Ulrich, 36, when Ulrich shot him, police said.
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