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  • LAPD officer who mistakenly shot teen in replica gun case was justified, commission finds

    LAPD officer who mistakenly shot teen in replica gun case was justified, commission finds

    A Los Angeles police officer who mistakenly shot a teenager last year after seeing a group of boys with a replica gun was justified in opening fire, even though the wounded teen hadn't been holding the toy weapon, the L.A. Police Commission decided this week. The Feb. 10 shooting generated calls...

  • Two men killed in separate South L.A. shootings

    Two men killed in separate South L.A. shootings

    Two men were killed in separate shootings in South Los Angeles on Saturday, police said. The first shooting occurred in the Florence neighborhood overnight and the second in Hyde Park in the afternoon, authorities said. In the first instance, officers responded to a report of a shooting near 84th...

  • LAPD looking for gunmen in South L.A. shootings that left 1 dead, 5 wounded

    LAPD looking for gunmen in South L.A. shootings that left 1 dead, 5 wounded

    Los Angeles police continued their search Sunday for the gunmen involved in a series of South L.A. shootings that left one man dead and five other people injured within a span of a few hours. LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera said Sunday morning that no arrests had been made in Saturday's attacks, which...

  • Gang colors fade but can still be deadly

    Gang colors fade but can still be deadly

    Melvin Farmer remembers the days when Bloods and Crips openly flashed their colors. Gang members wore an evolving uniform; bandannas, T-shirts, shoes and even earrings to signal their affiliation. But Farmer, a former Crip who is now a gang intervention worker, said that for many years colors remained...

  • Answers sought as shooting victim's family struggles to say goodbye

    Answers sought as shooting victim's family struggles to say goodbye

    Porche Charles was shot this month while celebrating her aunt's birthday, and police have few clues. She 'was my diary,' her sister says. 'I could tell her anything.'

  • California lawmaker calls for stricter firefighter EMT requirements

    California lawmaker calls for stricter firefighter EMT requirements

    State Sen. Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) called for a new state law Friday requiring all firefighters and other emergency rescuers in California to be certified as emergency medical technicians.  His proposal follows a Los Angeles Times investigation that found nearly 1 in 4 firefighters in the...

  • Man barricaded in South L.A. surrenders to police
    Man barricaded in South L.A. surrenders to police

    A man who had barricaded himself in a South L.A. home for several hours Sunday has been taken into custody, police said.

    The unidentified man surrendered to police about 4:20 p.m. without incident, police said. He had been barricaded in the home in the 5800 block of 8th Avenue in the Hyde Park...

  • Teen shot in back by LAPD: Don't just blame toy gun makers, activists says
    Teen shot in back by LAPD: Don't just blame toy gun makers, activists says

    Standing in the alley where a Los Angeles police officer shot at a group of teenagers -- wounding one in the back -- six local civil rights activists on Friday called on the LAPD to review its policy and training procedures on replica weapons.

    Tuesday's shooting, which wounded 15-year-old Jamar...

  • Teen's mistaken shooting shows real danger of toy guns, LAPD says
    Teen's mistaken shooting shows real danger of toy guns, LAPD says

    The walk to school often took Jamar Nicholson and his friends through an alley off Florence Avenue in South Los Angeles. The teenagers' laughter had become a familiar sound during morning routines, neighbors said.

    Tuesday began no differently. Jamar said he and his friends were in the alley about...

  • Unarmed 15-year-old mistakenly shot by LAPD officer wants apology
    Unarmed 15-year-old mistakenly shot by LAPD officer wants apology

    A Los Angeles police shooting of a teenager this week has once again stoked law enforcement concerns about realistic-looking toy weapons, which have been part of fatal police clashes around the country and prompted calls for legislative action in California.

    Fifteen-year-old Jamar Nicholson was...

  • Driver turns himself in after girl dies in hit-and-run
    Driver turns himself in after girl dies in hit-and-run

    A 30-year-old man turned himself in to police Wednesday in connection with the hit-and-run death of a Los Angeles teenager, police said.

    Jesus Palomares Jaime Jr. was arrested about 9 a.m. at a South Los Angeles police station on suspicion of striking ReAnna Goss, 17, in the Hyde Park neighborhood,...

  • Uber driver is stabbed in face, neck
    Uber driver is stabbed in face, neck

    An Uber driver was stabbed multiple times early Tuesday during a robbery in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood.

    Police arrived about 3:45 a.m. to find the driver sitting in his car with stab wounds to his face and neck. 

    He is doing well and recovering from his injuries, but detectives are still...

  • Pit bull requires more than 1,000 stitches after South L.A. stabbing
    Pit bull requires more than 1,000 stitches after South L.A. stabbing

    A pit bull mix that was brutally slashed with a knife and beaten with a shovel over the weekend in South Los Angeles required more than 1,000 stitches and is now recovering at a temporary home, officials said.

    The dog, named Spartacus, was seen being attacked by an angry neighbor near 10th Street...

  • Search continues for driver who fatally struck woman in South L.A.
    Search continues for driver who fatally struck woman in South L.A.

    Los Angeles County coroners' officials on Sunday identified a woman killed last week by a hit-and-run driver in South Los Angeles. 

    The victim was identified as Diane Dupree, 56, of Los Angeles.

    The fatal accident occurred about 9:40 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and 63rd...

  • Pit bull mix slashed and stabbed in South Los Angeles
    Pit bull mix slashed and stabbed in South Los Angeles

    A Los Angeles Police animal cruelty task force is looking for a person who hit a dog with a shovel and then slashed its face and head several times.

    The attack was reported early Saturday near the intersection of 10th Street and Florence Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    A...

  • Rapper arrested, released in time for Made in America festival
    Rapper arrested, released in time for Made in America festival

    A rapper scheduled to perform at the Made in America festival was arrested Friday night and released early Saturday, authorities said.

    Rapper Nipsey Hussle -- whose given name is Ermias Asghedom -- was arrested in Hyde Park at about 11 p.m. Friday night and booked at the Los Angeles Police Department's...

  • 'Shield' actor Michael Jace due in court for wife's shooting death
    'Shield' actor Michael Jace due in court for wife's shooting death

    "The Shield" actor Michael Jace is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges that he shot his wife to death this week shortly after she arrived at their South L.A. home with their two kids.

    Jace, who played LAPD Officer Julien Lowe on the FX show, was arrested on suspicion of murder after he...

  • Actor Michael Jace's arrest in wife's killing stuns neighbors
    Actor Michael Jace's arrest in wife's killing stuns neighbors

    Neighbors expressed shock over the arrest of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace on suspicion of killing his wife, April, inside their Hyde Park home Monday.

    "They were the Huxtables on the block," neighbor Tonja Edwards said, referring to the fictional family in the long-running sitcom "The Cosby...

  • Actor Michael Jace held in fatal shooting of wife
    Actor Michael Jace held in fatal shooting of wife

    For more than a decade, actor Michael Jace often played cops on television, including seven seasons as a LAPD officer on "The Shield."

    But on Monday night, Jace stood in handcuffs surrounded by LAPD officers. Twenty feet away, inside the hall of a well-kept, three-bedroom Hyde Park home, lay the...

  • Actor Michael Jace had financial problems before wife's slaying
    Actor Michael Jace had financial problems before wife's slaying

     For more than a decade, actor Michael Jace graced the small screen, becoming a familiar face as a Los Angeles Police Department detective on “The Shield.”But it was an off-screen Jace who was in handcuffs Monday night surrounded by LAPD officers. Twenty feet away, inside the hall of a well-kept,...

  • 'Shield' actor Michael Jace accused of domestic violence in divorce
    'Shield' actor Michael Jace accused of domestic violence in divorce

    Allegations by Los Angeles police that "Shield" actor Michael Jace shot his wife to death at their Hyde Park home Monday night shocked longtime neighbors who described the couple as loving and friendly, but it isn't the first time he's faced accusations of domestic violence.

    Law enforcement sources...

  • 'Shield' actor Michael Jace accused of domestic violence in divorce
    'Shield' actor Michael Jace accused of domestic violence in divorce

    “The Shield” actor Michael Jace -- accused of shooting his wife to death Monday night during what police described as a possible domestic dispute -- has been under financial stress for years, court records show.

    The actor, 51, filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in March 2011, when he listed his liabilities...

  • 'Shield' actor Michael Jace's kids were home during wife's shooting
    'Shield' actor Michael Jace's kids were home during wife's shooting

    The two young children of actor Michael Jace were home when their mother was shot and killed and “The Shield” star was arrested in the case, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.

    “They were not physically hurt, but obviously their emotions are running high,” homicide Det. Sal LaBarbera told KTLA. “Two...

  • 'The Shield' actor Michael Jace held in wife's shooting death
    'The Shield' actor Michael Jace held in wife's shooting death

    Actor Michael Jace, who played a Los Angeles police officer in the FX drama "The Shield," has been arrested in the shooting death of his wife, police said.

    April Jace, 40, was found shot to death around 8:30 p.m. Monday in her South Los Angeles home in the 5400 block of Brynhurst Avenue, police...

  • 'The Shield' actor Michael Jace questioned after wife found dead
    'The Shield' actor Michael Jace questioned after wife found dead

    "The Shield" actor Michael Jace was being questioned by Los Angeles Police Department detectives after his wife was found dead at her Hyde Park home, police said Monday.

    The victim, April Jace, 40, was found fatally shot inside her home in the 5400 block of Brynhurst Avenue at about 8:30 p.m.,...

  • Woman shot and killed in South L.A., police say
    Woman shot and killed in South L.A., police say

    Detectives were in South Los Angeles Monday night investigating a shooting that left a woman dead.

    The incident was reported in the 5400 block of Brynhurst Avenue in Hyde Park, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Detectives from the 77th Street Division were trying to determine whether the...

  • South L.A. woman killed by roommate over $10 payment, police say
    South L.A. woman killed by roommate over $10 payment, police say

    A man was facing possible murder charges Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a woman in South Los Angeles during an argument over a $10 payment, police said.

    Los Angeles County coroner officials identified the victim of the 6:50 a.m. shooting Monday in the 5700 block of 9th Avenue in Hyde Park as...

  • Gunman kills man in South L.A., flees in silver SUV

    A man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in South Los Angeles by a gunman who fled in a silver SUV, according to Los Angeles police.

    Police believe the shooting was gang-related.

    The suspect, described as a man in his 20s or 30s, shot the victim multiple times before fleeing. The shooting took...

  • Traffic signals installed at intersection where mother of 3 was killed
    Traffic signals installed at intersection where mother of 3 was killed

    For years, Kimberly Everette reported the cars speeding through her Hyde Park neighborhood to police, urging them to find a way to make the corner of 48th Street and 11th Avenue safer.

    Officers would set up speed traps, issue tickets and leave after a week. For a while, it worked. Drivers would...

  • Suspects sought in South L.A. gang shooting that left 2 dead
    Suspects sought in South L.A. gang shooting that left 2 dead

    Police were looking for suspects Tuesday night in a gang-related shooting that left two men dead and another critically wounded.

    The victims were shot about 4 p.m. as they stood in the 2700 block of West 64th Street in Hyde Park. A vehicle pulled up and at least one attacker started shooting, the...

  • Gang violence sparked shooting that left 2 dead, LAPD says
    Gang violence sparked shooting that left 2 dead, LAPD says

    A shooting that left two people dead and one critically wounded in South Los Angeles was gang-related, police said Tuesday evening.

    The violence broke out about 4 p.m. when a vehicle drove up to a group of men in the 2700 block of West 64th Street and at least one person opened fire, the Los Angeles...

  • Two people killed, one wounded in South L.A. shooting
    Two people killed, one wounded in South L.A. shooting

    Two people were killed and a third was critically wounded when gunfire broke out Tuesday afternoon near a South Los Angeles street corner, authorities said.

    Multiple gunshots were reported about 4 p.m. in the 2700 block of West 64th Street in Hyde Park, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    At...

  • Victim of Hyde Park hit-and-run mourned; suspect remains at large

    Los Angeles police continued to search Tuesday for a man who was driving a car that hit and killed an 18-year-old in Hyde Park.  

    Markeis Parish was hit by a silver Mercedes-Benz around 6:15 p.m. Saturday as he crossed Crenshaw Boulevard at 78th Street, according to police reports. The driver was...

  • Victims of weekend violence identified by L.A. coroner's office

    Three victims of weekend violence were identified Sunday by the L.A. County Coroner.

    Latorria Westbrook, 26, of Gardena, died of a gunshot wound to the head.

    In a separate incident, Alfred Lopez, 32, and Juan Carlos Martinez, 18, both of Los Angeles, died in an apparent car-to-car shooting.

    Homicide...

  • Zimmerman verdict: Marchers confront LAPD officers on Crenshaw
    Zimmerman verdict: Marchers confront LAPD officers on Crenshaw

    This post has been updated. See below for details.People protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case were confronting lines of Los Angeles police officers Monday evening along Crenshaw Boulevard.

    The protesters, some of them waving signs and others on bikes, kicked storefronts...

  • Man stabbed to death in Hyde Park, LAPD says
    Man stabbed to death in Hyde Park, LAPD says

    Homicide detectives were investigating a dispute that turned deadly Wednesday night, leaving one person stabbed to death in South Los Angeles.

    The victim was described as a man is his 40s, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Detectives from the LAPD's South Bureau homicide unit were at the...

  • Metro recommends contractor (and $160 million more) for Crenshaw Line

    Transportation officials are seeking an additional $160 million for the Crenshaw Line light-rail construction budget, bringing the project’s estimated cost to more than $2 billion, according to a staff report issued Friday by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  

    The report...

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