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Gunman on roof in South L.A. shot, wounded by elite LAPD crime detail

Officers in the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Metropolitan Division, who were recently deployed to the city’s most violent areas, shot a man armed with a gun on a roof in South L.A., authorities said.

Officers with the LAPD’s crime suppression detail were patrolling in the 5800 block of Broadway on before midnight Tuesday night when they tried to stop a pedestrian, said Officer Liliana Preciado.

The officers are part of a select unit within the LAPD that Chief Charlie Beck recently deployed to try to suppress an increase in violent crime.

The officers patrol neighborhoods looking to “see or spot someone that’s doing something they’re not supposed to,” Preciado said.

They tried to stop the pedestrian, a man in his 20s, about 11:50 p.m., but the man ran, Preciado said. Police officials did not immediately say why officers had tried to stop him.

Officers briefly lost sight of the man but spotted him again moments later on a roof pointing a gun at them, Preciado said.

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Two earthquakes hit Inland Empire area

Two small earthquakes hit the San Jacinto area of the Inland Empire early Wednesday.

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported two miles from San Jacinto, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:19 a.m. PDT at a depth of 9.3 miles.

That quake occurred shortly after a 3.9 magnitude temblor hit in the same area.

According to the USGS, the epicenter of the later quake was four miles from Hemet and six miles from Valle Vista.

In the last 10 days, there have been three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm.

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More earthquakes hit Bay Area near Concord

A pair of small, shallow earthquakes were reported half an hour apart Wednesday morning in Concord, Calif., in the East Bay Area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The first temblor, a magnitude 3.2 quake, occurred at 7:01 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 8.1 miles. The second, a magnitude 3.6 quake centered near the first, struck at 7:32 a.m. at a depth of 8.7 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenters of both quakes were two miles from Pleasant Hill, four miles from Walnut Creek, six miles from Bay Point and 51 miles from Sacramento.

In the past 10 days, there had been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. The Concord area was rattled by a 3.6 quake on May 3. 

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

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LAPD searching for father who allegedly abducted 14-month-old daughter

Police searched Wednesday for a man who allegedly abducted his 14-month-old daughter in South Los Angeles, and they were also looking for the girl's mother to tell her what had happened.

Authorities say Randy Green, 29, walked into a home in the 3300 block of Stocker Place in Leimert Park about 4 p.m. Tuesday and took his 14-month-old daughter, Raniyah Green, while her grandmother was babysitting her.

Police haven't been able to find Raniyah's mother to let her know her daughter is missing, officials said.

A restraining order forbids Green from being near his daughter or her mother, police said.

Raniyah weighs 25 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, authorities said.

Green is believed to be driving a 2004 BMW with California license plate 7GYU146. He's described as having black hair and brown eyes. He stands about 5 feet 0 and weighs about 145 pounds.

Green's last known address is in the Moreno Valley, and investigators are unsure where he may have taken the girl, police said.


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Aide to Kamala Harris, 2 others accused of running rogue police force

An aide to state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and two others are accused of operating a rogue police force that claimed to exist for more than 3,000 years and have jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.

Brandon Kiel, David Henry and Tonette Hayes were arrested last week on suspicion of impersonating a police officer through their roles in the Masonic Fraternal Police Department, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Kiel, 31, has worked as the deputy director of community affairs at the California Department of Justice. An office spokesman declined to comment on the criminal investigation but said Kiel is on administrative leave.

Suspicions about the Masonic Fraternal Police Department -- whose members trace their origins to the Knights Templar -- were aroused when various police chiefs in Southern California received a letter in late January that announced new leadership for the group, sheriff’s officials said.

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Man shot, killed in confrontation with police in Venice, LAPD says

A man who had reportedly been in an altercation with a bar bouncer and harassed people in Venice on Tuesday night was shot and killed by Los Angeles police officers after a struggle, according to LAPD officials.

Officers with the LAPD’s Pacific Division were called to the area around Windward and Pacific avenues about 11:30 p.m. after witnesses reported a man described as a transient harassing passersby, said Officer Liliana Preciado.

She said the man had reportedly been in a physical altercation with a bouncer earlier in the night.

The first officers on scene got into a confrontation with the man, and he was shot, Preciado said. It was not immediately known if more than one officer fired or how many times the man was shot.

Preciado said the man, who was in his 20s, was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The man was unarmed, and the officers were not injured in the incident, Preciado said. The officers were not wearing body cameras, and there were no dashboard cameras that captured the...

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