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April 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Police and SWAT officers were engaged in a standoff Thursday with someone inside a West Covina home after callers reported hearing gunshots from within, officials said. West Covina police responded to the calls about 2:50 a.m. from residents who reported hearing "random" shots coming from a home in the 1900 block of East Cortez Street, Lt. Jerry Pearman told KTLA-TV . The shots were directed from one home to another, with one round hitting its target, Pearman said. An unidentified person remained inside the home from where gunshots had been fired as police and SWAT officers continued to try to remove the individual from the home, Pearman said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
An hours-long standoff ended Friday when Los Angeles police arrested an armed, distraught man who had barricaded himself inside a Winnetka disabled veterans' hall and threatened to kill himself, authorities said. The man, who had not yet been identified by authorities, was distraught over a romantic relationship, said Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police took him into custody around 3 p.m. without firing a shot after multiple attempts to force him from the building.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A gunman who allegedly opened fire on LAPD officers Saturday morning was taken into custody after barricading himself inside a house in South L.A., police reported. Teams from the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT unit and bomb squad were summoned to the home in the 100 block of West 57th Street in the South Park neighborhood, where the man had retreated after trading gunfire with an officer, said Officer Norma Eisenman. Officers had responded to an initial call of a man with a gun near 57th and Main streets about 10:30 a.m., Eisenman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- After a five-hour standoff with a SWAT team, a drug suspect identified as linked to a Mexican prison gang was found dead Monday in a La Mesa motel of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, officials said. U.S. marshals had attempted to arrest the 40-year-old man being sought on a federal drug warrant. After shooting at the marshals, he refused to leave his room at a Rodeway Inn. After negotiations proved futile, authorities used a flash grenade. A woman in the room, possibly the suspect's girlfriend, came out. When authorities rushed the room, the suspect, identified as Robert DeLeon Jr., was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2008 | Joel Rubin
Top LAPD officials Tuesday unveiled the findings of a panel that reviewed the department's fabled and insular SWAT unit. A draft of the group's confidential report was obtained and reported on by The Times last month. The group of outside experts was asked by Los Angeles Police Department Chief William J. Bratton to conduct a sweeping review of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team and to summarize its recommendations in a presentation to the department's civil oversight commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1997
On the surface, it appears that the SWAT team is a very important safeguard to the well-being of residents living in a world of increasing drugs and violence. Nothing could be further from the truth. Overkill and brute force only begets an ever more organized reaction. Also, we have recently witnessed the tragedy of friendly fire, where a young officer was gunned down accidentally by one of his fellow SWAT team associates. We as a society do not condone the use of arms by criminals and drug gangsters.
BUSINESS
August 28, 1992 | Associated Press
A maker of sports trading cards said it will introduce a line of Elvis Presley cards in October. Major League Marketing Inc. said the 660 glossy pictures on the cards will span the period from the King's "Hound Dog" days as a gyrating teen idol to the twilight of his career as a flashy Las Vegas showman. Elvis fans are already reaching for their wallets. Company President Dan Shedrick said retail orders are double the original projections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Phil Willon
Among the slew of bills passed this week by the Legislature and on way to the governor is one to crack down on the dangerous prank known as “swatting” -- making a false 911 call with the intention of drawing out heavily armed SWAT teams, often to the homes of celebrities. Under the bill by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), those convicted of the offense would be responsible for the full cost of the police response, which would typically run more than $10,000. “Swatting drains vital resources from law enforcement and puts officers and citizens in dangerous situations,” Lieu said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2008 | Monte Morin
The mayor, the chief of police and several L.A. City Council members are backing a move to name the LAPD's new SWAT headquarters after officer Randal D. Simmons, who was shot and killed Feb. 7 by a barricaded gunman. Simmons was the city's first SWAT officer killed in the line of duty, and officials said it was fitting that the department's new SWAT headquarters be named the Randal D. Simmons Police Station. The facility, which is currently the LAPD's Rampart Station, is located at 2710 W. Temple St. The Rampart Station is moving to a new location.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Members of a Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team were firing gas projectiles into a home Monday night after an hours-long standoff with a convicted felon who was allegedly armed with a gun, authorities said. The suspect refused repeated commands to surrender after he ran into the home in the 21500 block of Grace Avenue following a pursuit and vehicle crash that began about 2:30 p.m in South Los Angeles, according to authorities. "It looks like they've launched some kind of gas," LAPD Det. Gus Villanueva told The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Police and SWAT officers were engaged in a standoff Thursday with someone inside a West Covina home after callers reported hearing gunshots from within, officials said. West Covina police responded to the calls about 2:50 a.m. from residents who reported hearing "random" shots coming from a home in the 1900 block of East Cortez Street, Lt. Jerry Pearman told KTLA-TV . The shots were directed from one home to another, with one round hitting its target, Pearman said. An unidentified person remained inside the home from where gunshots had been fired as police and SWAT officers continued to try to remove the individual from the home, Pearman said.
NEWS
November 25, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
An emergency alert has been issued at Yale University after a report of a person with a gun on campus. The community has been told to shelter in place after the anonymous report was called in to New Haven, Conn., police. The alert said there had been no confirmed sighting of a person with a gun, but Yale police are asking "those on campus to remain in their current location until there is additional information. " Officials said a man with a gun was spotted near Old Campus, where many freshmen dorms are located.  The Yale Daily News Twitter account posted that SWAT teams were seen in that area of campus.
WORLD
November 10, 2013 | By Aoun Sahi and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The appointment of Mullah Fazlullah as head of the Pakistani Taliban signals a significant shift for the militant organization into a potentially more uncompromising, violent group based increasingly on ideology rather than tribal ties, analysts said. Fazlullah, a hard-liner from Pakistan's Swat Valley, was named Thursday after his predecessor was killed days earlier by a U.S. drone strike as he emerged from a meeting at a mosque in lawless North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A man convicted in a Thousand Oaks "swatting" incident for falsely police he was armed with an AK-47 and ready to kill hostages has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. Nathan Hanshaw, 22, was convicted of making interstate threats, threatening to use explosives and threats to use a firearm during the January hoax, as well as during similar incidents in New York and Colorado, according to authorities. Hanshaw called 911 and told operators he was a fugitive holed up in a La Quinta Inn in Newbury Park, according to Thousands Oaks police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
In a bid to cut down on fake 911 calls, the Los Angeles City Council has decided to offer rewards for tipsters providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those who engage in "swatting. " Swatting is a malicious prank in which someone reports that a violent crime, usually involving a celebrity, is underway. The calls prompt a SWAT-team-style response to a location where no crime is occurring. The false alarms tie up Los Angeles Police Department resources, and some officers have been injured responding to fake calls, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
In a bid to cut down on fake 911 calls, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to offer rewards for tipsters providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction those who engage in "swatting. " Swatting is a malicious prank in which someone reports that a violent crime, usually involving a celebrity, is underway. The calls prompt a SWAT-team-style response to a location where no crime is occurring. The false alarms tie up Los Angeles Police Department resources and some responding officers have been injured responding to fake calls, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2012 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating whether members of its elite SWAT unit took advantage of their assignments to purchase large numbers of specially-made handguns and resell the weapons for steep profits, according to a report released Friday by the independent watchdog overseeing the department. The allegations, if true, could be a violation of federal firearm laws and city ethics regulations. The ongoing inquiry is the LAPD's second attempt to understand what happened with the handguns.
NEWS
May 30, 1985 | Associated Press
A 20-year-old woman has been charged with prostitution for allegedly propositioning the Police Department's entire SWAT team. Authorities said Sybil Wilson jumped into an unmarked van carrying nine policemen dressed in green fatigues and offered her services for $20 each, saying the rate represented a group discount. She was ordered to appear in court July 8.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2013 | By Joe Mozingo
SWAT officers have surrounded a home in Boyle Heights after a man allegedly pointed a handgun at someone during a party and then barricaded himself inside, Los Angeles police said. Officers received a call about an “assault with a deadly weapon” at 3 a.m. and responded to the scene at the 2500 block of Fairmount Street , police said. They were told at least three assailants had left the party after a fight and then came back with guns in the early morning, according to a watch commander at the Hollenbeck Station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A Santa Ana man remained in jail Sunday after he allegedly wielded two samurai swords in a busy shopping center while threatening bystanders, police said. Hung Anh Nguyen, 29, was in the parking lot of Arsenio's Mexico Food at 751 S. Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana about 11:15 p.m. Friday when he pulled out two swords and started screaming profanities, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. Police arrived and tried to calm him. Bertagna said Nguyen threatened officers and refused to follow the officers repeat commands to put the swords down.
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