Officials: Armed suspect fatally shot by off-duty CSULA police officer in South Pasadena

SOUTH PASADENA — An off-duty California State University, Los Angeles police officer shot and killed an armed man who confronted him early Sunday, authorities said.
The wounded suspect, whose name was not available, died at a hospital shortly after the 1:01 a.m. incident in the 1000 block of Arroyo Verde Road, just south of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“An off-duty officer employed by the California State University, Los Angeles – Department of Public Safety, was confronted by man with a gun when an officer-involved shooting occurred,” according to the sheriff’s statement.
“The suspect then fled the location in a vehicle before colliding with a parked vehicle a short distance away,” the statement said.
South Pasadena police officers detained the wounded suspect at the scene, officials said.
The wounded suspect, who sheriff’s officials said suffered “gunshot wounds to the upper torso,” was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The off-duty officer was treated by paramedics for minor injuries, officials said. The nature of the injuries was unclear.
“The suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene,” the sheriff’s statement said.
South Pasadena police deferred comment to the sheriff’s department.
Further details regarding the circumstances of the fatal officer-involved shooting were not available early Sunday. Officials did not say why the armed suspect confronted the off-duty officer.
Nearby resident Carole Chaingan said she was in her apartment when she heard what sounded like about five gunshots coming from the direction of the street.
She said she heard no further commotion and could not see the shooting scene from her apartment window. She did not go outside.
The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is assisting South Pasadena police with the investigation. Anyone with information was asked to contact the bureau at 323-890-5500.

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Mother questions fatal deputy-involved shooting in West Whittier

Robert McAfee, 29, Whittier

WEST WHITTIER — A mourning mother is questioning the fatal shooting of her son by a sheriff’s deputy in the backyard of his home last week.
Robert McAfee Jr., 29, of Whittier allegedly pointed a gun at a deputy prior to being shot July 19 in a backyard in the 6800 block of Duchess Drive, in the unincorporated county area of West Whittier, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
But McAfee’s mother, Lydia Provencio of Maryland, said the official account conflicts with information she has received about the shooting from witnesses. And her son had recently told her he was afraid of Pico Rivera sheriff’s deputies.
“I just want the truth out,” the mother said. “I don’t believe my son was an angel. Nevertheless. he was my son. And i just think life should have respect, no matter what, no matter who you are.”
In a written statement issued by the Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Bureau the day of the shooting, a deputy and a sergeant were on patrol when, “they stopped to talk to two known gang members.”
As the deputy and sergeant exited their car, one of the two men — later identified as McAfee — ran to the backyard of a nearby home, according to the sheriff’s statement.
The sergeant followed McAfee into the yard and saw McAfee standing in the backyard and pointing a handgun “in his direction,” prompting the sergeant to open fire, sheriff’s officials said. The name of the involved sergeant was not released.
An autopsy determined McAfee died from a gunshot wound to the chest, coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said. He had also suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound to his hip.
The sheriff’s statement indicated the suspect’s loaded handgun was recovered from the scene.
But Provencio said she understood that the gun was recovered from the backyard of a next door neighbor. She questioned how that was possible if her son had been pointing the gun at the sergeant, as sheriff’s officials described. There was no one else in the backyard, she added.
No one answered the door at the neighboring home Saturday.
The handling homicide detectives could not be reached for comment.
Neighbor Jessica Gutierrez said she was making lunch for her son when she heard what sounded like three gunshots.
She said what she saw next contradicted the scenario given by sheriff’s officials, who stated that the shooting took place within the backyard.
“When I heard the first gunshot, I looked and saw the deputy shooting outside of the backyard, standing in the driveway, and after he shot he ran in the backyard. “
The officers did spend some time in the neighbors backyard, and the detectives also went back there for a period of time.
Gutierrez said she did not know whether a gun was recovered from the neighboring yard.
“(Deputies) did spend some time in the neighbors backyard, and the detectives also went back there for a period of time,” she said.
The two yards are separated by a thick hedge about 8 feet tall.
A memorial of candles sat on McAfee’s front porch of the home of McAfee and his father, Robert McAfee Sr., however no one answered the door Saturday.
Provencio said her son had encountered Pico Rivera-based deputies many times, and the home where he lived with his father was searched by deputies about two weeks before the fatal deputy-involved shooting. The son described the encounters as harassment and told his mother he feared for his safety.
“He called me two-and-a-half to three weeks ago and he said, ‘Mom, they’re out to kill me,’” Provencio said.
She said she asked him what he had been doing to gain the attention of deputies, and he responded that he had been largely staying at home and trying to avoid any trouble.
The mother said she was aware her son, who had served time in jail, was involved with a gang. But she said she couldn’t imagine that he would point a gun at a sheriff’s deputy.
McAfee had been released from jail in February, his mother said.
He had a criminal history dating back to 2004, according to search of Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm in June of 2012. In 2009, he was convicted of drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of drugs.
McAfee was convicted of domestic battery in 2006, and the unlawful taking of a vehicle in 2004, records show. He had convictions for driving on a suspended or revoked license in 2009, 2009 and twice in 2005.
Beyond having doubts about the shooting itself, Provencio said the manner in which family members were treated in the hours after the deputy-involved shooting was “cruel.”
For more than four hours, officials would not tell family members whether McAfee was involved, or whether he was dead.
In addition to his parents, Robert McAfee Jr. is survived by his wife, Edna McAfee; their sons Robert III, 7, and Charles, 5; and two brothers, Provencio said.

 

PHOTO of Robert McAfee Jr., 29, of Whittier (courtesy)

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Man killed in West Whittier deputy-involved shooting

PASADENA — A man was shot and killed Friday after he allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at a sheriff’s sergeant, authorities said.
Robert McAfee, 29, of Whittier was pronounced dead at the scene of the deputy-involved shooting, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner officials said.
The incident started at 11:42 a.m. in the 6800 block of Duchess Drive which is in the unincorporated county area.
A deputy and a sergeant from the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station were patrolling when they stopped to talk with two known gang members, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Guillermina Saldana.
As the deputy and sergeant got out of the car, she said one of the men — later identified as McAfee — ran toward a backyard.
“The sergeant followed the suspect into the backyard where he saw the suspect pointing a handgun in his direction and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Saldana said.
The man sustained two gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, she said.
Saldana said the suspect’s loaded handgun was recovered at the scene.
The sergeant, whose name was not released, suffered no injuries in the incident, officials said.
The second man was questioned and released, she said.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or text “TIPLA” plus the tip to 274637, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

- Ruby Gonazles and Brian Day

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No one struck in Pasadena officer-involved shooting

PASADENA — Police shot at, but did not hit, an armed man before taking him into custody at an apartment complex late Saturday, authorities said.
The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of an injury to his arm believed to have been sustained while fleeing from police through an apartment complex, but was not wounded by gunfire, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. His name was not available.
The incident began when officers responded to a report of a “fight in progress” about 9:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Garfield Avenue, just north of Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“Upon arrival, a pedestrian pointed out a male adult as being armed with a handgun,” the statement said.
“When officers attempted to detain the suspect, he fled on foot into an apartment complex, where an officer involved shooting ultimately occurred.”
One officer fired a weapon in the shooting in the apartment complex at the northwest corner of Garfield Avenue and Grandview Street, officials said. It was not clear how many shots were fired.
Further details of what prompted the officer to open fire were not available.
The man continued fleeing through the apartment complex before being taken into custody, Clawson said. He was being detained at a hospital while he was treated for an injury to his arm apparently suffered while fleeing police, but had not been formally arrested early Sunday.
Officers recovered a firearm from the scene, police said.
No officers or bystanders were injured in the incident, officials added.

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El Monte police silent on dog shooting video

EL MONTE — El Monte police had no comment Saturday regarding the controversial shooting of a police dog in which the department’s version of events appears to contradict video of the incident captured by the residents security camera.
Police have launched an internal investigation into the incident, however the two involved officers remained on-duty, said Valerie Martinez of the city’s hired public relations agency, VMA Communications.
The video captured the arrival of two officers and the shooting of a family’s pet German shepherd which took place Wednesday at a home in the 4700 block of Maxson Road. The officers were there to meet with Cathy Luu and her husband Chi Nguyen to regarding their teenage son, whom they had reported as a runaway over the weekend.
Capt. Dan Buehler said Thursday that the police reports indicated the officers noted the “Beware of Dog” signs on the property and took precautions, such as shaking the gate to make noise, to make sure there were no dogs present in the yard before entering. Only after checking for dogs did the officers enter the yard to knock on the family’s front door.
A pit bull emerged from the back portion of the yard, followed by a German Shepherd which charged toward a female officer standing on the porch, police said. The officer then shot 2-year-old German shepherd once. It ultimately had to be euthanized.
But video footage provided by the family shows the officers walking opening the gate and entering the yard and entering the gate without taking the precautions described by Buehler.
Additionally, the family alleged that the department failed to get prompt medical treatment for the wounded animal, rescinded an offer to pay for medical treatment and treated the rudely in the wake of the incident.
Martinez said it was too early for the department to make any officials comment regarding the shooting, and the apparent discrepancies between the department’s official version of events and the video footage.
“The investigation is still underway,” she said, adding that it remained in its early stage.
Chief Steve Schuster did not return a request for comment, instead referring the request for comment to VMA.
Officials have urged patience, saying the situation is being investigated as an officer-involved shooting.
But since no people were injured, the shooting does not automatically trigger parallel investigations by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office or the County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review, as is the case in officer-involved shooting in which a person is injured.

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El Monte family outraged over police shooting of pet German shepherd (Video)

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EL MONTE — A family expressed outrage Friday after an El Monte police officer shot their pet 2-year-old German shepherd inside their fenced-in front yard while following up on a report of a runaway teenager. The family was forced to put the dog down following the shooting.
In an encounter recorded by a home security camera shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, two police officers arrived at the home of Cathy Luu, her husband Chi Nguyen and their children in the 4700 block of Maxson Road.
“I’m hurt that they would do this to my pet, but at the same time I’m angry because they act like they don’t even care. They didn’t apologize,” Luu said through a Vietnamese translator.
Police and the family gave conflicting reports of the events leading up to the shooting.
Police said the officers shook the gate and otherwise took care to check if there were dogs present in the yard before opening the gate and entering. But a video captured by the family’s home security camera appears to support Luu’s claim that the officers simply parked their patrol car and entered the yard without checking for dogs, despite two posted “beware of dog” signs, including one mounted to the gate itself.
After being shot, the wounded dog ran to the backyard of the home. It was later euthanized at a veterinary hospital.
The loss of the female German shepherd, named Kiki, devastated the family, Luu said, especially the couple’s 11-year-old son.
“She was his baby,” the mother son. “He cried all night. He still cries.”
In addition to the death of the dog, family members said they were concerned about the safety of an officer firing a gun in a neighborhood crowded with children.
There were four children present at the home when the shooting occurred, and a children’s pool party was taking place in a front yard across the street, according to the family and the video.
“What if my son ran outside behind the dog?” Luu said. “When I think about it, it’s scary.”
El Monte police Capt. Dan Buehler said the officers had an appointment to meet with Luu and Nguyen about 3:30 p.m., but were delayed and ended up arriving about 4:30 p.m.
“They did go up to the front (gate),” the captain said. “There was a beware of dog sign on the gate. They did what we always do as police officers. They shook the gate. They didn’t see any dogs.”
“They looked for any signs of dogs — chew toys, dog mess, what have you,” Buehler said, adding that they entered the yard after not seeing anything indicating a dog was present.
“They walked up to the porch. They rang the doorbell. They knocked on the door. That’s when the first dog came around the house,” he said.
One of the officers is seen on the video petting the pit bull before returning to the gate, which had been left open by the officers, and closing it. The male officer was outside the closed gate when the second officer, a female, was confronted by the German shepherd.
“Then the German shepherd came from behind the house,” Buehler said. “The German shepherd came up. It was much more aggressive than the pit bull. It was growling, it was barking.”
The (female) officer remained on the porch and continued knocking on the front door with her foot as the German shepherd charged toward her, he said.
“As the dog got to about three feet of this officer, this officer had no other choice than to fire a round,” Buehler said.
The dog was struck in the side.
The video, however, depicts the officers walking up to the gate, opening it and entering, seemingly without breaking stride…

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Officer-involved shooting reported in Irwindale

IRWINDALE – A man was arrested after an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning.

No one was injured in the incident which happened about 10 a.m. at Ramona Boulevard and the San Gabriel riverbed, according to Acting Police Chief George Zendejas.

He said a patrol officer was flagged down because of a disturbance in the area. The officer went to investigate and checked a suspicious person.

The man ran, brandished a firearm and the shooting occurred, Zendejas said.

Jorge Luis Ojeda, 31, of Baldwin Park, was taken into custody after a foot pursuit. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of an officer.

Ojeda is being held at the Baldwin Park police jail with a bail of $100,000. He will be arraigned Monday at West Covina Superior Court.

Baldwin Park police were assisting Irwindale police in the investigation which took place near the border between the two cities, Baldwin Park police Lt. David Reynoso said.

- Brian Day and Ruby Gonzales

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Man fatally shot at Alhambra Police Department identified

ALHAMBRA — Coroner’s officials Saturday released the identity of a man shot to death by Alhambra police in the lobby of the police station after allegedly brandishing a large kitchen knife.
Tony Nim, 35, of Alhambra died at the scene of Friday’s officer-involved shooting, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Kristy McCracken said.
Nim showed up in the lobby of the Alhambra Police Department, 211 S. First St., shortly before the fatal shooting, which took place about 7:30 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
He was clutching a large backpack and appeared incoherent, Lt. Dave Coleman of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. Five officers tried to speak to him in several languages, however he would not respond to them.
Nim then pulled a large kitchen knife, which Coleman described as a foot long or larger, from his backpack. Three officers opened fire, fatally wounding Nim.
The names of the involved officers were not released Saturday.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are handling the investigation, and anyone with information was asked to contact the bureau at 323-890-5500.

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Officials: Suspect shot by El Monte police in San Gabriel backed truck toward police

SAN GABRIEL — A man shot and wounded by El Monte police at the end of a pursuit in San Gabriel was backing a stolen delivery truck toward officers when they opened fire, authorities said Saturday.
The name of the suspect wounded in Friday’s 4:40 a.m. shooting on Leslie Drive, just west of San Marino Avenue in San San Gabriel, was not released by investigators. A second suspect not identified by authorities was also arrested in connection with the alleged truck theft.
Prior to the officer-involved shooting, officials said the two suspects stole a large box truck that was making a delivery to a 7-Eleven store in the 12100 block of Ramona Boulevard in El Monte, officials said.
El Monte police spotted the truck on the 10 Freeway and began a pursuit when it failed to pull over, Deputy Peter Gomez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement. The truck exited the freeway at Temple City Boulevard and crashed into several parked cars as the chase continued through Rosemead.
The truck briefly came to a stop on Guess Street, at which point one of the suspects got out and surrendered to police, Gomez said. But the other suspect then continued driving, leading officers into San Gabriel.
“When the suspect turned onto West Leslie Drive in San Gabriel, he stopped the stolen truck when he saw spike strips had been deployed,” according to Gomez. “The officers ordered the suspect to turn the vehicle off numerous times. The suspect did not comply and instead put the truck in reverse and started backing toward the officers, trying to hit them. At that time an officer-involved shooting took place.”
The wounded suspect was hospitalized in stable condition, while the other suspect was booked at the El Monte Police Department.
No officers were injured, officials said.

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Suspect shot by El Monte police in San Gabriel

El Monte police shot and wounded a suspect in San Gabriele arly Friday after he led them on a pursuit in a stolen delivery truck, authorities said.
The officer-involved shooting took place about 4:40 a.m. at San Marino Avenue and Leslie Drive, Deputy Don Walker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement.
The suspect was hospitalized and expected to survive, officials said.
No officers were injured in the incident, Walker said.
The suspect had allegedly stolen a large box truck from a 7-Eleven store in the 12100 block of Ramona Boulevard in El Monte, officials said. Officers spotted the truck on the 10 Freeway, initiating a pursuit that ended at the scene of the shooting in San Gabriel.
Information regarding what prompted police to open fire was not available early Friday as the investigation continued.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were spearheading the investigation, as is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings involving Los Angeles County police agencies.

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