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February 3, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Several neighbors were evacuated Thursday after a man barricaded himself inside a Fullerton house and briefly exchanged gunfire with police. "We don't know if there is anyone else in the house," Lt. Neal Baldwin, a spokesman for the Police Department, said of the evolving situation late Thursday. The standoff began about 6:30 p.m., Baldwin said, when neighbors called to report shots fired in a house on the 2300 block of Camino Escondido.
January 27, 2006 | From Associated Press
A man who kept a group of bank employees hostage for more than 10 hours with a pellet gun was held Thursday on charges of bank robbery and seven counts of hostage-taking, authorities said. Jess R. Martinez, 47, of Visalia was arrested about 3:30 a.m. after he sent the last of his eight hostages out to fetch a pack of cigarettes police left outside the front door, Exeter Police Chief Clifton Bush said.
January 26, 2006 | Jill Leovy, By Jill Leovy
An armed robber took as many as nine people hostage in a Bank of America branch in Exeter, Calif., on Wednesday after employees alerted police. The incident began about 5 p.m. as the bank was closing, said Jim Houck, city editor of the Visalia Times-Delta newspaper, who was monitoring the incident over police scanners. Displaying a handgun, the man demanded money, then took the bank employees hostage and told negotiators to provide him with a car.
January 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police on Tuesday identified a man who apparently killed himself after exchanging gunfire with officers on New Year's Eve as Michael Richter, 27. Police said Richter died at a hospital early Monday. Officers found him unconscious in the street with a gunshot wound to the head shortly after Saturday's shootout in the 300 block of North Occidental Boulevard. Richter allegedly fired at officers who responded to a report that he had threatened his wife with a gun.
January 2, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Police on Sunday were investigating separate officer-involved shootings -- one in Los Angeles, the other in South Gate. A 28-year-old Los Angeles man was in critical condition after apparently shooting himself in the head after an exchange of gunfire with Los Angeles police, authorities said. Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Michael Mattox said officers were called to the man's home about 8 p.m. Saturday to investigate a report of domestic violence.
December 16, 2005 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A 20-hour standoff ended Thursday when Westminster police shot to death a man they said had threatened family members and fired at officers with a shotgun. Javier Escamilla, 29, died about 5:45 p.m. at his family's home in the 6800 block of Wee Way. "We'd been trying and trying and trying to get him to peaceably give up and talk to us," said Lt. Al Panella of the Westminster Police Department. "We'd been trying to initiate a dialogue, but he just refused to talk." The incident began about 9 p.m.
December 8, 2005
Police barricaded polling stations and fired tear gas and rubber bullets to keep supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood from voting in the final day of parliamentary elections. At least eight people were killed, including a 14-year-old boy. Supporters of the banned group hurled stones and Molotov cocktails. The last day of voting was by far the most violent. At least 10 people have been killed during the three rounds of balloting, which began Nov.
November 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A man accused of a shooting rampage at a Tacoma shopping mall told authorities to "just follow the screams" when he called them shortly before opening fire with a pair of assault rifles, according to court documents. Six people were wounded. Authorities found plans for making bombs during searches of the man's car and bedroom, prosecutors said. Dominick Sergio Maldonado, 20, was ordered held on $2-million bail after pleading not guilty to multiple charges.
November 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A gunman opened fire inside the Tacoma Mall, wounding at least six people and taking three others hostage in a music store before he surrendered to a SWAT team, authorities said. Witnesses described a clean-cut man walking backward through the mall, firing a rifle. At least six people were injured, one critically, as shoppers and store clerks scrambled for cover.
October 27, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A man with a sawed-off shotgun took a female hostage inside a home in the 1300 block of Garner Avenue on Wednesday after being pursued for reckless driving by California Highway Patrol officers on Interstate 10 from Yucaipa, a police spokeswoman said. Hostage negotiators were in contact with the man, and he had not fired any shots as of 7 p.m., police said.
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