Two injured in Whittier head-on crash

WHITTIER >> Two suffered serious injuries when a car drifted into opposing traffic on Lambert Road, triggering a head-on crash, police said.
A 22-year-old Whittier man was driving a 2003 Acura Sedan west on Lambert Road just before the 2 a.m. crash, Whittier police Lt. Aaron Ruiz said.
As he approached the intersection of Santa Fe Springs road, “he drifted into the eastbound left turn lane of Lambert Road, Ruiz said.
The Acura struck a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck head-on, the lieutenant said.
Paramedics took the driver of the Acura to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition, he said.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 47-year-old Whittier man, suffered less-severe injuries believed to include a broken leg, Ruiz said. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The investigation was ongoing, he said, and it was too early to tell whether intoxicated driving played a role in the crash.

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Whittier police plan checkpoint Friday

WHITTIER >> Whittier police are planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed three lives and resulted in 135 injury crashes harming 188 of our friends and neighbors,” according to Sgt. David Elizarraras.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Off-duty Whittier police officer shoots at intruder in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES >> An off-duty Whittier police officer fired a shotgun at an intruder at his Los Angeles home late Thursday, though it was unclear if the suspect, who fled, was struck, authorities said.
The officer-involved shooting took place in the 3200 block of Military Avenue about 10 p.m. Thursday, said Sgt. John Marquez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Station.
“The officer was in his home, sitting in the living room when he saw a male black about 20 years old wearing dark clothing standing in his kitchen,” Marquez said.
The officer ran to another room and armed himself with a shotgun, LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said.
“Once he was armed, he exited the side door of his residence,” the sergeant said.
The officer encountered the intruder behind the house, near the back door, he said.
“It was at that point that am officer-involved shooting occurred,” Montgomery said. It was unclear exactly what promted the officer to open fire.
The suspect ran off, officials said.
Police searched the area but were unable to find the suspect, Montgomery said.
It was unclear if the suspect was struck by the gunfire.
“No one has turned up at a hospital or medical facility with a gunshot wound as far we know,” Marquez said. “So we have no idea where the suspect is at this point.”
Immediately following the shooting, the officer checked to make sure his two roommates were okay, then dialed 9-1-1, Montgomery said.
Whittier police officials deferred comment to the LAPD.

- Staff and wire report

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Police investigating death of man in Whittier home

WHITTIER >> Police checking on the welfare of a senior citizen found him dead inside his home Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Officers responded to the 13600 block of Putnam Street about 2 p.m. after someone asked them to check on the resident, Whittier police Officer Bradley White said.
“Upon arrival, officers discovered a male, (approximately 60-years-old, deceased,” White said.
The investigation was ongoing, however there were no overt signs of foul play, White said.

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Gas station clerk pistol-whipped during Whittier robbery


WHITTIER >> Police are seeking a gunman who pistol-whipped a gas station attendant during a robbery Tuesday, authorities said.
The crime took place about 1:40 a.m. when the robber entered a 76 station on Whittier Boulevard, just east of Laurel Avenue, Whittier police Detective Jose Bolanos said.
Wearing a surgical mask and brandishing a large-caliber handgun, the robber jumped over the counter and demanded the clerk open the cash register, police said in a written statement.
“When the victim couldn’t do it fast enough, the suspect hit him over the head with the gun.,” according to the statement. “The victim was able to get the register opened and when he did, the suspect grabbed the money.”
Police said the gunman was last seen running north from the gas station.
The victim, a man in his early-20s, declined medical treatment, Bolanos said.
The robber was a black man of about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 130 pounds, officials said. He wore a blue hooded sweatshirt and gloves. He carried a black, semi-automatic handgun.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Bolanos at 562-567-9281.

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Woman found fatally shot at Whittier park, suicide suspected


WHITTIER >> A woman was found fatally shot at a Whittier park Saturday in what was initially being investigated as a suicide, police said.
The woman, initially described only as 28 years old, died at the scene, Whittier police Lt. Kent Miller said. She was found about 1:20 p.m. lying on a handball court at Guirardo Park, at Pioneer Boulevard and Orange Drive.
Witnesses reported hearing the gunshot, though they didn’t realize what it was at the time, Miller said.
A man who knew the woman discovered her and called police, he said.
A 9mm handgun was found near the woman’s body.
“We believe it to be a suicide,” Miller said. “We’re trying to rule everything else out.”

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House struck by gunfire in West Whittier shooting

WEST WHITTIER >> Bullets struck a home during a drive-by shooting late Friday, but no one was injured, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 8:10 p.m. in the 11000 block of Wakeman Street in the unincorporated county area of West Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Vasquez said.
Two attackers passed by in a vehicle and opened fire on the home with a handgun, he said.
No further details were available.

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SWAT team searches for wanted parolee in South Whittier

 

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SOUTH WHITTIER >> A SWAT team forced their way into a South Whittier apartment in search of a wanted parolee late Friday, but did not find the man, officials said.
Deputies patrolling about 7 p.m. in the 11900 block of Inez Avenue in the unincorporated county area of South Whittier spotted a man in his mid-30s who was wanted for violating his parole, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said. The man bolted from deputies as they approached him, running into a nearby apartment.
The deputies followed and got the resident’s permission to search the apartment, Lt. Daniel Gillespie said. The deputies cleared all but one room of the apartment, in which the suspect was believed to be hiding.
The Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau, or SWAT team, responded to deal with the possibly holed-up suspect, the lieutenant said.
The SWAT deputies deployed a flash-bang grenade and forced their way into the room about 11 p.m., he said. But the suspect was not inside.

PHOTO: Courtesy, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Whittier man killed in Colima Road crash identified

WHITTIER >> Authorities Sunday identified Whittier man who died in a solo-vehicle crash on Colima Road Friday afternoon.
Peter Alan Wright, 62, of Whittier died at the scene of the 5:15 p.m. crash on southbound Colima Road, just north of Mar Vista Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
He was behind the wheel of an SUV that swerved off the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a tree, Whittier police Officer John Scoggins said. The cause of the crash remained under investigation.
Following the fatal collision, a Whittier police officer on foot directing traffic at Colima Road and Carretera Avenue was struck by a northbound motorist, according to police and fire officials.
The officer suffered minor injuries, Lt. Aaron Ruiz said. He had been treated and released from a local hospital Saturday morning.
California Highway Patrol officers were investigating the collision involving the police officer, officials said. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

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2nd UPDATE: Man killed in Whittier crash; police officer struck by car while directing traffic


WHITTIER >> A man died in a solo-vehicle crash and a Whittier police officer directing traffic around the scene was struck an injured by a passing vehicle Friday afternoon along Colima Road in Whittier, authorities said.
The series of events began about 5:15 p.m., when an SUV heading south on Colima Road struck a tree just north of Mar Vista Street, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Randall Atanay said.
“According to early reports, the driver, for unknown reasons, veered off the roadway and collided with a tree,” Whittier police Officer John Scoggins said. “As a result of the impact, he was trapped inside the vehicle and fire had to extricate him.”
Once freed from the wreckage, paramedics pronounced the driver of the SUV dead at the scene, Atanay said. He was initially described as 60 years old.
A Whittier police officer who was on foot directing traffic around the crash scene about half an hour later was struck by a passing vehicle at Colima Road and Carretera Drive, just south of the original crash, Scoggins said.
Firefighters took the officer to a hospital with injuries considered to be minor, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Todd Emrick said.
Both crashes remained under investigation, Scoggins said. Whittier police were investigating the fatal crash, while California Highway Patrol officers took charge of the investigation into the police officer being struck.
The driver who struck the officer remained and the scene, officials said.
Officials shut down both the northbound and southbound lanes of Colima Road between Whittier Boulevard and Mar Vista Street for several hours following the crashes, Scoggins said.
Traffic was expected to be affected into late Friday night, and possible into early Saturday.

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