Deputies hold 24-hour honor guard in memory of slain fellow deputy in Irwindale


IRWINDALE >> Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies stood in 24-hour guard Wednesday over the site where fellow deputy David March was fatally shot during a traffic stop 13 years ago.
Afternoon temperatures climbed into the mid-90s as deputies have continued the stoic tradition each year since March was gunned down along Live Oak Avenue, just east of Peck Road, on April 29, 2002.
0430_NWS_SGT-L-MARCH-MEMORIAL1Sheriff’ Jim McDonnell visited the memorial site to pay his respects.
“These deputies from Temple have taken the time to pay tribute to the life of Deputy David March,” McDonnell said. “This tribute exemplified the belief that’s shared throughout the law enforcement community that we will never forget, and that we want to respect the memory and the sacrifice through the year.”
March, 33, who was assigned to the sheriff’s Temple Station, was fatally shot after pulling over Jorge Arroyo Garcia, also known as Armando Garcia. After being captured in Mexico 0430_NWS_SGT-L-MARCH-MEMORIAL2and extradited back to the U.S., Garcia pleaded guilty to the deputy’s murder in 2007 and received a life sentence in prison.
Two by two, deputies, primarily from the sheriff’s Temple Station, took turns standing half-hour shifts over the spot where March was fatally shot, which is marked with a permanent memorial plaque. After standing frozen in place for 30 minutes, deputies changed guards with a brief ceremony.

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Two wounded in separate shootings in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK >> Two separate shootings in Baldwin Park left a man and woman wounded early Saturday, less than a week after another shooting claimed the life of a Baldwin Park man, authorities said.
The first of Saturday’s two shooting took place about 1:15 a.m. in the 3200 block of Athol Street, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Mike Hemenway said.
Officers responding to reports of “shots fired” encountered a man who had been shot in the buttocks, the sergeant said. He was hospitalized in stable condition.
Just over an hour later, police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a shooting at Los Angeles and Walnut streets, Hemenway said. There, officers found a woman who had also been shot in the buttocks. Her injuries were also not considered life-threatening.
The motives in both shootings were unclear, and detailed suspect descriptions were not available. It was not clear if the two shooting were connected.
The attacks took place less than five days after the fatal shooting of Jacob Neftali Sosa, 37, of Baldwin Park. He died after he was shot about 8:20 p.m. on April 20 outside his home in the 3800 block of Cosbey Street, about a mile southwest of the scene of Saturday’s Athol Street shooting.

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Police: Arcadia man shot in gun-cleaning mishap

ARCADIA >> An Arcadia man accidentally shot himself in the leg while cleaning a gun Sunday, police said.
The mishap took place about 1 p.m. at a townhome in the 300 block of South Second Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
A man in his mid-40s relayed to police that he had been cleaning his 9mm handgun gun, didn’t realize it was loaded and accidentally shot himself in the thigh, the lieutenant said.
He was taken to a hospital with a wound that was no considered life-threatening, Castro said. The incident appeared accidental, and no crime was suspected.

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Shooting reported in Bassett


BASSETT >> Two victims suffered cuts from flying glass but escaped serious injury when a gunman in a car opened fire on them with a rifle early Sunday, officials said.
The shooting took place about 2:30 a.m. at Orange Blossom Avenue and Valley Boulevard in the unincorporated county area of Bassett, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. James Beamon said. It appeared the victims were in a vehicle when they were shot based on their injuries, however details regarding the circumstances of the attack were not available Sunday.
A gunman inside a newer-model, dark-blue, two-door Scion opened fire on the two victims with a rifle, Beamon said. But none of the bullets struck the victims, described only as male.
The motive was unclear, he said. The victims were not believed to be gang members.

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Drive-by shooting reported in Altadena

ALTADENA >> Deputies are seeking an attacker or attackers who shot at two teenagers from a passing car late Thursday, officials said.
No injuries were reported in connection with the shooting, which took place shortly after 7 p.m. near Lincoln Avenue and Mendocino Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Cruz Solis said.
The victims, a girl of about 16 and a boy of about 18, were walking when someone opened fire from a passing vehicle, described only as a dark-colored car resembling a Dodge Charger, the lieutenant said.
Neither victim was believed to have gang ties, he said.

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Home, cars struck by gunfire in La Mirada drive-by shooting

LA MIRADA >> Bullets pierced an occupied house and three cars in a drive-by shooting in a residential neighborhood Thursday, but injured no one.
Deputies received reports of gunfire about 11:20 a.m. in the 11900 block of Dilworth Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
A dark-colored sedan passed by and someone fired about 12 shots, striking a house with six people inside and three cars parked nearby, the lieutenant said.
The motive in the shooting remained under investigation.

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Man shot to death in Santa Fe Springs

SANTA FE SPRINGS >> A man died after a confrontation escalated into gunfire late Wednesday, police said.
The fatal shooting took place just before 7 p.m. in the 9900 block of Painter Avenue, near Barton Circle, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
The victim, described as a Whittier man in his 20s, died at the scene, the lieutenant said. His name was not released pending notification of family.
He was walking north along Painter Avenue when a silver compact car came to a stop near him, Ellis said.
A passenger exited the car and began arguing with the victim, he said. The argument turned into a fight.
“The suspect pulled out a handgun and fired numerous times, striking the victim,” Ellis said.
The killer then got back into the car, which sped off, he said.

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Home struck by gunfire in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK >> A bullet struck a Baldwin Park home early Sunday, but no one was hurt, police said.
The shooting was believed to have taken place in the early-morning hours on Torch Avenue, just east of Syracuse Street, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Joe Meister said. But it was not reported until about 9 a.m., when a resident noticed a bullet hole in a water heater attached to the front of his home.
Officers found three spent bullet casings in the street, Meister said. The man told police he recalled hearing what sounded like gunshots about 1 a.m., Meister said. But no one called police to report the shooting at the time.

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Car-to-car shooting reported in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man and woman escaped injury when their car was struck by gunfire in a car-to-car shooting in Pasadena early Sunday, officials said.
The shooting took place about 12:20 a.m. as the victims, both Pasadena residents in their 20s, were driving eastbound on Howard Street at Mentone Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A dark blue, four-door sedan passed the victims heading the opposite direction on Howard Street before making a U-turn and catching up with them, the lieutenant said.
A passenger in the blue car fired a single shot, striking the rear, driver-side door of the victims’ car, Mercado said.
The victims sped away from their attackers, who were last seen heading north on Mentone Avenue, he said.
A motive in the seemingly unprovoked shooting was not clear.

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Man wounded in shooting near Duarte

DUARTE >> Deputies are seeking clues in the shooting of a man Thursday in a residential neighborhood, authorities said.
The shooting occurred just before 1 a.m. in the 2400 block of Myrtle Avenue, in an unincorporated county area surrounded by Duarte, Monrovia and Arcadia, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies responding to reports of the shooting encountered the victim, a man in his 40s, suffering from a superficial gunshot wound, Sgt. Ed Mackenzie of the sheriff’s Temple Station said. Paramedics took him to a hospital for treatment of the wound, which was not believed to be serious.
The circumstances and motive in the shooting remained under investigation, he said. No suspect description was available.

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