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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Glendale SWAT teams were in a standoff late Friday with a man who had barricaded himself in an apartment and then fled to the roof. According to Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz, the incident began when officers pulled a vehicle over for a minor traffic infraction. A male passenger with a bloodied face jumped out of the car and ran, Lorenz said. Officers pursued the man into an apartment building in the 400 block of West Lexington Drive near Pacific Avenue.
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NATIONAL
April 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Friendly fire apparently killed a state trooper in a gunfight that erupted as he searched a Catskill-area farmhouse for a suspect in the shooting of a colleague, officials said. Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff was fatally shot Wednesday as he and six other members of the force's elite mobile response team searched the house where the armed suspect had holed up. Brinkerhoff, 29, and another trooper were shot by the suspect, Travis Trim, as the two entered an upstairs bedroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A man wearing body armor, who was wanted for alleged car theft and firing a gun at police officers, barricaded himself in an Arleta home for 10 hours before surrendering Saturday afternoon, authorities said. Robert Valdez, 27, allegedly fired at officers from the house on Bracken Street and withstood several rounds of tear gas from Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers. "He decided to walk out, after which he was arrested without incident," said Officer Mike Lopez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Stanton man surrendered peacefully Monday after holding two of his children hostage inside the family's apartment during an eight-hour standoff with sheriff's deputies that forced the evacuation of nearby homes. Paul Rivera, 41, was being held at Orange County Jail on charges including terrorist threats and cruelty to a child. The incident began when Rivera's wife reported that her husband had threatened her with a gun and she fled the apartment with the couple's 4-year-old, Barnes said.
WORLD
December 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian security forces ended a 10-hour siege by killing a suspected militant holed up in an apartment building in a troubled southern province. The incident in the southern province of Karachayevo-Cherkessia was the latest in a string of police operations in the violence-plagued region. Some analysts say the violence is a spillover from separatist fighting in nearby Chechnya. Officials said one body was found in the rubble and that a suspected militant was detained.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2006 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
A Cuban American editorial cartoonist wearing camouflage and armed with what turned out to be a toy gun stormed into the Miami Herald building Friday to confront an editor he said was destroying a Spanish-language sister paper and allowing Cuban exiles to be humiliated. A three-hour standoff ensued, with police SWAT teams crouching among the palm trees outside the six-story newspaper offices on Biscayne Bay, before the man identified as Jose Varela, 50, surrendered to police without incident.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two state troopers staking out the home of an escaped convict's ex-girlfriend in the rural town of Pomfret were shot in an ambush, and authorities were searching for the fugitive. Neither trooper saw the gunman when they were shot Thursday evening, and neither returned fire, but one was able to radio for help, State Police Superintendent Wayne Bennett said. Both officers were hospitalized in critical condition.
NATIONAL
August 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Three police officers and a state trooper were shot and wounded in Midlothian during a standoff at an apartment complex that stemmed from a report of a broken window, officials said. The gunman died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot, authorities said. The officers determined the window had been broken by a gunshot and were attacked when they went to the apartment from which they believed the shots had been fired.
WORLD
March 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A former teacher armed with a handgun that fires rubber bullets surrendered peacefully Thursday after taking hostage nearly two dozen people, most of them students, in a classroom at his former school in western France, officials said. Nicolas Vilpail, 33, was on medication and apparently under the influence of alcohol during the four hours he held 21 students and two aides captive, authorities said. A government official said Vilpail had made "paranoiac demands." No one was injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2006 | Richard Winton and J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writers
Thousands of hapless travelers were trapped Wednesday on the Long Beach Freeway, and a possibly related accident resulted in the death of one man, as police waited out a kidnapping suspect whose getaway car had stalled on the highway. Drivers of cars and big rigs alike sat in their vehicles and stewed as the lines of traffic stretched farther than they could see.
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