MALIBU >> A man who authorities say fired at an off-duty FBI agent led police on a high-speed chase that ended with him surrounded and lying on a hillside overlooking the ocean in Malibu for some 90 minutes.
KCAL-TV showed the man moving only occasionally as he lay in the spotlight from a helicopter Wednesday night before he was taken into custody peacefully.
Los Angeles police Officer Bruce Borihanh says the incident began a few hours earlier in a fitness center parking lot when the man shot at an off-duty law enforcement officer, who wasn’t hurt.
The suspect then led police and California Highway Patrol officers on a weaving, high-speed chase on U.S. 101 into Malibu.
He then got out of the car and ran down the brush-covered hillside where the standoff began.
JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press |
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Gail Krull of West St. Paul, Minn. a niece of Mendota Heights, Minn. Police Officer Scott Patrick, cries as she lays a bouquet of roses on a makeshift memorial during a candlelight vigil at the location where Patrick was shot and killed in West St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Officer Patrick was killed while performing a traffic stop on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue earlier on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pioneer Press, John Autey)
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A police officer in Minnesota was fatally shot Wednesday while making a traffic stop, and authorities had a suspect in custody after a gun battle hours later.
Brian Fitch Sr., 39, got out of a minivan firing at officers Wednesday evening, St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos said. Police returned fire, striking Fitch and a woman who was with him, Paulos said.
Fitch’s condition was unknown, Paulos said. The woman suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and both were hospitalized.
A daylong manhunt had been underway for Fitch after the killing of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick. Patrick was shot about 12:20 p.m. after pulling over a car just past the city border in West St. Paul in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, police said. He died later at Regions Hospital.
Police said Patrick was working alone when he pulled over the car, a green Pontiac Grand Am, for an unknown reason. They said they didn’t know if there was a scuffle before the shooting. Several witnesses reported three gunshots.
Police said they were seeking Fitch, of South St. Paul or West St. Paul. They released a photo of Fitch and the car. Late Wednesday afternoon, St. Paul police announced in a tweet that the car had been found.
Patrick, a 19-year veteran and senior officer on the force of 17, is the first police officer slain in the line of duty in Mendota Heights, a St. Paul suburb of about 11,000. He is survived by a wife and two teenage children.
Police Chief Mike Aschenbrener called Patrick a “dedicated police officer and family man who absolutely adored his children.”
“He cared deeply about the city of Mendota Heights,” Aschenbrener said. “It’s going to be a very tough time for the Mendota Heights Police Department.”
A few feet from where officials announced Patrick’s death, an American flag was at half-staff. Officers were already wearing black bands on their badges.
Chris O’Keefe, 51, of West St. Paul, said he saw police and paramedics giving a man CPR at the scene.
“Unbelievable” O’Keefe told The Associated Press as he stood in his yard. The shooting happened at an intersection near a gas station and a pizza shop surrounded by a quiet neighborhood of leafy trees and tidy homes. Numerous police cars remained at the scene more than two hours after the shooting, lights flashing, while yellow police tape cordoned off the intersection.
Kimberly Alley told the Star Tribune that when she pulled up near the intersection, a woman was on the side of the road, frantically trying to call police. Alley asked if she could help, and the woman told her a police officer had been shot.
A nurse was giving him chest compressions. Alley, a hospital radiology technician, checked for a pulse. She said there was none.
“A police officer came and he was trying to rouse him,” Alley said. “But he wasn’t coming to.”
Mike Youness was sitting in his living room with his wife when he heard three gunshots. He went outside and walked about 120 yards to where a Mendota Heights police SUV was at the side of the road with its door open. He said he saw an officer on the ground with a head injury and a woman trying to revive him.
“She said it was futile,” Youness told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He was already gone.”
A massive manhunt followed the shooting, with SWAT officers roaming the neighborhood. Local television carried pictures of officers stopping a green Grand Am just off Interstate 94 east of the city and handcuffing the driver, but police later said the incident was unrelated to Patrick’s death.
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The mystery of what happened to 10-month-old Harper Floyd and his father, 33-year-old Brian Floyd has deepened with the discovery of their bodies. The father and son disappeared on Friday, but Brian’s body was found an hour after Harper’s on Tuesday as search teams combed the Ouachita Mountains in Yell County, Arkansas. A backpack containing undisclosed materials was also found near the bodies. The bodies of the deceased have been taken to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy.
Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey would not comment on whether police believe that foul play was involved. Police have also stated that they have no information at this time on precisely how Brian’s pickup got to the point where it was found in the forest. It was not near the dirt road, and there did not seem to be any reason police could find for it being where it was.
However, Brian’s wife and Harper’s mother, 21-year-old Brooke Floyd, was arrested over the weekend. She was found south of the Blue Mountain Lake with cuts and scratches all over her body. She is reportedly being held on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor, as well as hindering a police investigation. Police are not inclined to speculate on any potential additional charges, but they have stated that she was arrested for essentially abandoning the child in the dangerous environment of the mountains. According to police, she was not particularly helpful in the investigation until Monday, when she led searchers to the broken-down pickup truck. There are conflicting reports on whether Brooke Floyd remains in custody, but she is reportedly scheduled for her first court appearance in the next few days.
KFSM 5 in Arkansas brings us this:
Missing Infant And Father Found Dead In Ouachita Mountains (KFSM)
Yell County Sheriff: Missing Baby, Father Found Dead (KARK)
Deputies find bodies of missing father, baby (4029tv.com, KHBS/KHOG)
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Incident Report for Case #2014-243861
07/30/2014 – 12:25 PM
1250 McKenna Blvd. (Elver Park)
Male, black, late teens, 6′, short hair, goatee, wearing a red t-shirt and black pants.
Male, age 20, Madison
Released 07/31/2014 at 9:56 AM by PIO Joel Despain
A would-be robbery victim turned the tables on a criminal during an attempted iPhone snatching early Wednesday afternoon. The 20-year-old Madison man was walking on an Elver Park path when another young man approached. The victim was texting at the time, and gave a nod to the stranger as a greeting as they were about to cross paths. That is when the suspect grabbed onto the victim’s phone. They got into a tug-of-war for possession, and as it progressed, the suspect began pushing the victim in the face with the open hand of his free arm. The victim later told an officer “that he got tired of tussling with the suspect and decided to punch (him) in the face.” The blow brought the robbery attempt to a halt as the suspect fell to the ground. He got up and fled, voicing expletives at the victim. As for the victim, he ran the opposite way, to the MPD’s West District station, just a block away.
Released 07/31/2014 at 9:56 AM by PIO Joel Despain
This week in the worst reasons ever to commit crimes, 18-year-old Carlie Hertel of Chesterfield, MO takes top honors.
According to police reports, Hertel was charged with first-degree property damage for scratching and smearing mascara all over a white Infiniti.
Her reason for causing more than $3,000 worth of damage to the car parked at the Jewish Community Center? Wait for it — the way the car was parked “made her angry.” Along with mascara-ing the car, Hertel left a note on the windshield saying:
“How about you park your car like a normal person…Also, left you some presents in your gay car!”
Her bail was set at $2,000, which you can see in her mugshot, caused her to vandalize her own face with mascara.
In a new memorandum released Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder urged federal law enforcement agencies to identify, train and equip personnel who may interact with a victim of a heroin overdose with the drug naloxone. This latest step by the Attorney General will pave the way for certain federal agents — such as emergency medical personnel — to begin carrying the potentially life-saving drug known for
effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or opioid overdose.
According to the most recent study, 110 Americans on average die from drug overdoses every day, outnumbering even deaths from gunshot wounds or motor vehicle crashes. More than half of these drug overdose deaths involve opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers. Between 2006 and 2010, heroin overdose deaths dramatically increased by 45 percent.
“The shocking increase in overdose deaths illustrates that addiction to heroin and other opioids, including some prescription painkillers, represents nothing less than a public health crisis,” said Attorney General Holder. “I am confident that expanding the availability of naloxone has the potential to save the lives, families and futures of countless people across the nation.”
The Justice Department wants federal law enforcement agencies, as well as their state and local partners, to review their policies and procedures to determine whether personnel in those agencies should be equipped and trained to recognize and respond to opioid overdose by various methods, including the use of naloxone. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have amended their laws to increase access to naloxone, resulting in over 10,000 overdose reversals since 2001.
The heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic knows no boundaries–anyone can be affected, and we have already lost far too many lives,” said Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli. “We have moved aggressively against this epidemic and we know that the actions of law enforcement officers at the scene of an overdose can mean the difference between life and death. Attorney General Holder’s leadership in this arena will help prevent future overdose deaths and we look forward to working closely with his office and other partners to get naloxone to law enforcement professionals across the nation.
As the department continues to address escalating and rapidly-evolving challenges that lead to opioid abuse and drug trafficking, the Attorney General cautioned members of Congress to protect critical enforcement tools like Immediate Suspension Orders (ISOs). A recently passed House bill would “severely undermine” a critical component of our efforts to prevent communities and families from falling prey to dangerous drugs.
The Attorney General announced the new memorandum at a day-long conference on law enforcement and naloxone convened by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Today’s announcement follows up on the Attorney General’s call to action in March, when he urged local law enforcement authorities, who are often the first to respond to possible overdoses, to routinely carry naloxone.
The Attorney General’s full remarks to the law enforcement conference, as prepared for delivery appear below:
“Thank you, Mary Lou Leary, for those kind words – and thank you all for being here today. I’d particularly like to thank Director Denise O’Donnell, Deputy Director Kristen Mahoney, and their colleagues from the Bureau of Justice Assistance – as well as Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli, Administrator Michele Leonhart, Deputy Assistant Administrator Joe Rannazzisi, and the dedicated men and women of the Drug Enforcement Administration – for bringing us together this morning. And I want to recognize all of the distinguished panelists – representing fields ranging from law enforcement, to public policy, to public health and drug treatment – who have taken the time to lend their voices to this important discussion. Every day, you stand on the front lines of our fight to confront an urgent – and growing – threat to our nation and its citizens. And we’re proud to count you as colleagues and partners.
“As the leaders in this room know all too well, in the five years between 2006 and 2010, this country witnessed a dramatic, 45-percent increase in heroin-related deaths. And 110 people die every day from overdoses, primarily driven by prescription drugs. The shocking increase in overdose deaths illustrates that addiction to heroin and other opioids, including some prescription painkillers, represents nothing less than a public health crisis. It’s also a public safety crisis. And every day, this crisis touches – and devastates – the lives of Americans from every state, in every region, and from every background and walk of life.
“That’s why this Administration, and this Department of Justice in particular, have taken aggressive steps to fight back at every point of intervention – and with every tool at our disposal. In recent years, we have worked to prevent opioid diversion and abuse by targeting the illegal supply chain, by disrupting pill mills, and by thwarting doctor-shopping attempts by drug users and distributors. We have developed innovative public health programs to educate the public, to monitor the problem, and to rigorously enforce applicable federal laws. And we have stepped up our investigatory efforts – opening more than 4,500 heroin-related investigations since 2011 and increasing the amount of heroin seized along America’s southwest border by 320 percent between 2008 and 2013.
“From our rigorous scrutiny of new pharmacy applications to prevent illicit storefront drug trafficking – to our sponsorship of “Drug Take Back” events that provide opportunities for safe and responsible prescription drug disposal – with your help and expert guidance, the department has pursued a comprehensive strategy to keep pharmaceutical controlled substances from falling into the hands of non-medical users. We can all be proud of the steps forward we’ve taken, and the considerable results we’ve achieved, over the last few years alone. But we continue to face escalating and rapidly-evolving challenges in our efforts to prevent opioid abuse and intercept illicit drugs.
“These challenges illustrate the need to preserve important law enforcement tools like Immediate Suspension Orders, which allow DEA to immediately shut down irresponsible distributors, pharmacies, and rogue pain clinics that flood the market with pills prescribed by unethical or irresponsible doctors. These Immediate Suspension Orders, or ISOs, are used to take action in instances where irresponsible behavior places the public at risk – and do so without interrupting the legitimate flow of prescription drugs or preventing patients from receiving necessary medications.
“Particularly now – at a time when our nation is facing a heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis – law enforcement tools like ISOs could not be more important. And if Congress were to take them away, or weaken our ability to use them successfully, it would severely undermine a critical component of our efforts to prevent communities and families from falling prey to dangerous drugs.
“Of course, I recognize – as you do – that we cannot prevent every individual instance of heroin or prescription painkiller abuse. And that is why, beyond these efforts, we must also take additional steps to ensure that we can respond quickly and effectively in the event of acute heroin- or prescription drug-related emergencies that are encountered in the field.
“In March, I urged local law enforcement authorities, who are often the first to respond to possible overdoses, to routinely carry naloxone – a drug that’s extremely effective at restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose. At that time, seventeen states and the District of Columbia had amended their laws to increase access to naloxone, resulting in over 10,000 overdose reversals since 2001. During one of my regular meetings with the leaders of national law enforcement organizations – many of whom I see here today – they identified the need for technical assistance so that jurisdictions with an interest in equipping officers and first responders may do so effectively. Today’s meeting fulfills that request. The result of this convening will be a set of guidelines to assist law enforcement and public health providers who wish to be equipped and trained in the use of this potentially life-saving remedy.
“In addition, this morning, I can announce that, for the first time ever, I have issued a memorandum urging federal law enforcement agencies – including the DEA, the ATF, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service – to review their policies and procedures to determine whether personnel within their agencies should be equipped and trained to recognize and respond to opioid overdose, including with the use of naloxone. In the coming days, I expect each of these critical agencies to determine whether and which members of their teams should be trained to use and carry naloxone in the performance of their duties.
“Although, like you, I recognize that there are numerous challenges involved in naloxone implementation – from acquisition and replenishment, to training, medical oversight and liability issues – I am confident that expanding the availability of this tool has the potential to save the lives, families, and futures of countless people across the nation. I am certain that the leaders in this room – together with our colleagues and counterparts far beyond it – possess the knowledge, the skill, and the determination to forge workable solutions to these pressing concerns. The ultimate goal of today’s conference is to harness your insights, to channel your expertise, and to mine your collective experience in order to make real and lasting progress on behalf of those who are in desperate need of our assistance. Through extensive collaboration and shared wisdom, we can overcome persistent challenges and set a new course for the future.
“So long as I have the privilege of serving as Attorney General, I am determined to keep working with you – and with leaders and stakeholders from around the country – to help break new ground, to develop new solutions, and to forge new paths to the safer, brighter, and more just futures that all Americans deserve. I want to thank each of you, once again, for your commitment to this initiative; for your devotion to this cause; and for your partnership in the considerable work that lies before us. I look forward to all that we must, and surely will, accomplish together in the months and years to come. And I wish you all a most productive conference.”
LANCASTER – Two men were behind bars today — each in lieu of $100,000 bail — after they were arrested at a Lake Los Angeles property where more than 600 marijuana plants were found being grown indoors, authorities said.
Jarret Gregory, 27, of Huntington Beach, and Steven Devlin, 34, of Oceanside, face charges of growing and selling marijuana after they were arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who served a search warrant at a residence near 240th Street East and Avenue K-8 at 10 a.m. Wednesday, said Sgt. Anthony Gunn of the sheriff’s Lancaster station.
The deputies found more than 600 plants being cultivated inside the residence and in a detached garage, a large amount of harvested marijuana, a shotgun and several thousand dollars in cash, he said.
A docile pit bull terrier at the residence was turned over to the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, Gunn said.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – A 17-year-old pedestrian was killed and his brother was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in North Hollywood that may have occurred during a street race, police said.
The accident occurred in the 7000 block of Whitsett Avenue around 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division.
The brothers were struck by a northbound vehicle, possibly a Cadillac Escalade SUV, the officer said, adding that it appears they were not in a crosswalk when they were struck.
Witnesses told officers at the scene the suspect vehicle, which appeared to have been racing another vehicle, continued northbound before turning right into Sherman Way and then right onto the southbound Hollywood (170) Freeway.