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Thursday
Feb072013

Former LAPD Cop Sought in Shootings of Three Cops, Two Slayings

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Police in Southern California say they suspect that a fired cop is connected to the shootings -- one fatal -- of three police officers Thursday morning, as well as the weekend slayings of an assistant women's college basketball coach and her fiancé in what cops believe are acts of revenge against the LAPD, as suggested in the suspect's online manifesto.

Former police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, has been publically named as a suspect in the killings of Monica Quan, 28, and her 27-year-old fiancé, Keith Lawrence, Irvine police Chief David L. Maggard said at a news conference Wednesday night.

"We are considering him armed and dangerous," Lt. Julia Engen of the Irvine Police Department said.

Police say Dorner shot at four officers in two incidents overnight, hitting three of them: one in Corona, Calif., and two in Riverside, Calif.

Sgt. Rudy Lopez of the LAPD said two LAPD officers were in Corona and were heading out on special detail to check on one of the individuals named in Dorner's manifesto.  Dorner allegedly grazed one of them but missed the other.

The Riverside Police Department said two of its officers were shot before one of them died, ABC News affiliate KABC-TV reported.  The extent of the other's injuries is unclear.

Police suspected a connection to Dorner.

"They were on routine patrol stopped at a stop light when they were ambushed," Lt. Guy Toussant of the Riverside police department said.

Police around Southern California are wearing tactical gear, including helmets and guns across their chests.  The light-up signs along California highways show the license plate number of Dorner's car, and say to call 911 if it is seen.  The problem, police say, is that they believe Dorner is switching license plates on his car, a 2005 charcoal gray Nissan Titan pickup truck.

Lawrence was found slumped behind the wheel of his white Kia in the parking lot of their upscale apartment complex on Sunday and Quan was in the passenger seat.

"Of particular interest at this point in the investigation is a multi-page manifesto in which the suspect has implicated himself in the slayings," Maggard said.

Police said Dorner's manifesto included threats against members of the LAPD.  Police say they are taking extra measures to ensure the safety of officers and their families.

The document, allegedly posted on an Internet message board this week, blames Quan's father, retired LAPD Capt. Randy Quan, for his firing from the department in 2008.

One passage from the manifesto reads, "I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty."

"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own," Dorner allegedly writes.  "I'm terminating yours."

Police say Dorner is 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov282012

How Not to Get a Ticket: Ex-Cop Offers Tips

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- No driver likes getting a ticket.  So when you are pulled over, what can you do to minimize the damage to your wallet?

First, realize the risk of serious danger to the officer is quite real.

“Cops get killed on car stops,” said Jerry Kane, a retired New York Police Department officer.  Kane said if you’re pulled over, you should realize the officer will be on high alert.

“The most dangerous thing to the cop when he comes up to the car are the hands of someone, because they could hold a weapon,” he said.

Drivers and passengers have been known to come out shooting -- a fact cops are well aware of as they walk up to your vehicle.

“If he can see everybody’s hands, immediately his blood pressure goes down, his pulse gets a bit slower,” Kane said.  “If it’s nighttime, turn on the interior lights in your car.  If it’s night or day, lower all the windows on your car. … And put your hands up on the steering wheel -- high, where the cop can see them.”

This may make the officer more understanding and lenient, Kane said.

“If you were gonna get some discretion, you now set up that possibility,” he said.

The officer may then ask if you know what you did wrong.  Kane said to be apologetic, but don’t feel you have to admit anything.

“You can play dumb.  You can say, ‘What did I do?’  And if he tells you what you did, you could say, ‘I must have…you know, I just didn’t realize it,’” Kane said.

Does it work to cry?

“Only for women,” Kane said, laughing.

What if she shows a little leg?

“Since men and women were created, attractive women get more breaks,” he said.

Finally, do as Kane does: keep your speed less than 10 miles per hour over the limit.

“If you were my brother or my cousin and asked me, that’s what I would tell you,” he said.

Watch the full story -- including more dramatic secrets from cops and other professions -- on 20/20: True Confessions Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep132012

Elderly Woman Dragged From Car by Texas Cop

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(KEENE, Texas) -- A Texas police department is defending an officer who is seen on a dashcam video pulling a 77-year-old woman out of her car during a traffic stop.

Sgt. Gene Geheb, an officer from the Keene Police Department, pulled Lynn Bedford over on Aug. 19 for driving 66 mph in a 50-mph zone. But their stop grew heated when Bedford refused to hand over her driver's license and insurance card, according to police reports and video from the officer's dashcam. The officer was also wearing a microphone and camera.

"The incident has been reviewed thoroughly by the Keene Police Department and the city of Keene administration," a statement from the Keene Police Department said. "All parties have concluded that Sgt. Geheb did not violate any state laws or department policies, and in fact was following department policy in regards [sic] to violators not providing information."

"Let's hurry up, I've got to go to the bathroom," Bedford can be heard telling Geheb when he approached her SUV. "I have a bladder infection."

Geheb asked repeatedly for her driver's license and insurance.

"I'll give it to you in a minute," Bedford said.

"No you give it to me now or I'm going to take you to jail," the officer said, to which Bedford responded, "Well go ahead."

Geheb then opened the door to Bedford's SUV and began pulling on her arm.

"You want to play this way, come on," he said.

He then asked repeatedly for her to get out of the vehicle, but Bedford refused.

"You are hurting me," she said. "I'm going to report you hurting me. For hurting me and twisting my arm."

Geheb pulled her arm again and Bedford fell to the ground. The officer then arrested her.

Chief Rocky Alberti of the Keene Police Department arrived at the scene and after speaking to Geheb and Bedford, released the woman, ABC affiliate WFAA reported. Bedford received a citation for speeding and another for failing to provide identification.

Bedford's attorney, Clay Graham, believes Geheb went too far in pulling her from her SUV and could have handled the situation differently.

"She is very disappointed to learn that instead of being protected and served, she was basically antagonized and assaulted," Graham told WFAA.

"Get back in his squad car, follow her home; follow her to the nearest comfort room, use the restroom and then issue a citation, or whatever he had discretion to do," Graham added.

Graham told WFAA Bedford was bruised during the altercation and he plans to take the case to the Johnson County District Attorney's Office.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug132012

Cop Shoots Man After Running Down Daughter

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- An off-duty Chicago police officer shot and killed a man late Saturday night after a deadly confrontation ensued when the cop struck the man’s daughter with his motorcycle.

The officer was heading home Saturday through the town of Maywood when his bike hit 4-year old Taniyah Middleton. When the girl’s father Christopher, 26, confronted the officer over the incident, the officer shot and killed him.

Friends of the late father remembered him Sunday as a “helpful” and “happy” man.

“Chris was a great father,” Middleton’s cousin Mathis Hoskin told ABC’s Chicago affiliate WLS. “He was always helpful, never mad -- always happy with a smile on his face.”

But the events that transpired Saturday night are unclear. Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, paints a very different picture of the incident than Middleton’s friends.

The 43-year old officer, an eight-year veteran of the force, was driving back from work when the girl suddenly sprinted into the street, Camden said.

“He was on his way home and a 4-year-old ran out into traffic,” said Camden. “He had a choice of hitting her head-on or dumping his bike and taking the personal injury to avoid hitting the 4-year old -- which he did. But as he dumped the bike, it slid across the road. She wound up getting nicked by the bike. He wound up with a broken ankle, a dislocated shoulder.”

“After the accident he gets up and the girl’s father became irate with him and comes over to him,” Camden continued. “The officer tells him, ‘I’m the police. Take it easy.’ The guy says, ‘I don’t give a [bleep] who you are’ and hits him in the face. Another man hits him from behind. The officer goes to the ground. They’re beating him and he’s about to lose consciousness. He pulls his weapon to defend himself at that point, fires one shot, and kills one of the individuals who happens to be the father of the 4-year-old.”

“Had the father simply stood there instead of attacking a police officer he might be alive today,” Camden stated.

Middleton’s relatives said it was understandable that the girl’s father was distressed by the incident.

“Of course a father would be upset at the initial reaction of seeing the child in this condition and he confronted the guy and they got into a confrontation,” Middleton’s uncle Darrell Davis told WLS.

But they claim the officer never identified himself as a cop before firing at Middleton.

“He never let anyone know he was a police officer until after he shot him,” witness Cordell Haggard said to WLS.

Both the girl and the officer were transported to Loyola University Medical Center. The girl, Camden said, had “bruises and abrasions.” The second man who confronted Middleton, according to Camden, was taken into custody by Maywood Police.

Chicago Police said the incident is under investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority. Larry Merritt, a spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority, told ABC News they are now “canvassing the area and getting interviews.”

“We were notified of a shooting involving an off-duty police officer in Maywood at approximately 10:30 p.m.,” Merritt said. “We are now investigating it.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jul062012

Illinois Woman Uses Cop's Gun for Apparent Suicide in Police Car

Comstock/Thinkstock(ALTON, Ill.) -- A mentally ill Illinois woman allegedly shot and killed herself in the front seat of a police car that was giving her a courtesy ride to a hospital, but her family is questioning the police version of what happened in the car.

On Wednesday morning, an Alton, Ill. police officer spotted the woman, Stephanie Hicks, walking on a bridge in the sweltering heat. When he approached her in his car, Hicks said she was going to a hospital that was nearly 10 miles away in St. Louis. Her family said that Hicks suffered from mental health problems.

"She was adamant about going to St. Louis and so, in light of allowing her to walk 9.5 miles, our officer asked for permission for him to provide her courtesy transportation to Christian Hospital, which is something we don't normally do," Alton Police Chief David Hayes said at a news conference.

The officer, whose name authorities have not released, was granted permission to give her a ride and Hicks, 20, got in the front seat. She was not under arrest and there was no air conditioning in the back, so she was allowed to ride in the front.

Shortly after, the courtesy ride took a deadly turn.

"For some reason that we'll probably never know, only God will, she decided to disarm the officer by surprising him," Hayes said at the news conference. "It was an unexpected move by her. The officer didn't perceive her as a threat. She's a 5-foot, 100-pound girl and nobody in their right mind would perceive a person like that to be a threat."

Police said Hicks shot herself in the head and died at the hospital.

"His gun was in his holster and, as far as I know, secured," Hayes said. "The snap on his holster could have been simultaneously unsnapped and removed. We don't know those answers at this point."

"It's very sad and I feel horrible for the family and I also feel bad for the officer who was trying to do a good deed," Hayes told ABC News.

The officer is on paid administrative leave for the time being.

"That doesn't mean any wrong doing [on his part]," Hayes said. "It just means we want him separated from the investigation as much as possible."

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office said it has not yet determined an official cause of death, but police said a preliminary report indicates suicide.

"After today's autopsy, the medical examiner's preliminary report has advised it appears that her death was a suicide," the St. Louis County police wrote in a news release. "This is believed to have occurred after a struggle over the control of the Alton police officer's weapon while in the patrol vehicle wherein she was shot in the head and died as a result of her injury."

St. Louis police are investigating the shooting because it took place in their jurisdiction, even though the police officer involved was from Alton, St. Louis County Sgt. James McWilliams told ABC News.

Once the St. Louis police investigation is complete, police will hand it over to the local prosecutor's office and the Alton police department will begin its own internal investigation "to determine whether policies and procedures were complied with by the officer," Hayes said.

Although Hicks' death is being considered an apparent suicide, her family isn't so sure.

"There is no possible way; she would not do that," Hicks' mother, Robbin Hicks, 40, told Illinois newspaper The Telegraph. "I don't believe that. I'm not letting this rest, especially with her being shot in the side of the head. I want justice for her. She could have made it. This mother is not going to let this one go."

Robbin Hicks told the paper that her daughter "had problems, but wasn't a bad kid."

"She got into drugs and alcohol," Robbin Hicks said. "We did everything in our power, taking her to rehab in Carbondale, but she ran away after two weeks."

She said her daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Hicks told the paper she also took her daughter to facilities for mental health treatment in the past few weeks.

"She was very smart, a good kid, feisty," Hicks told the paper. "She was bubbly, loved to dance and sing. She was always singing about something."

The investigation into Hicks' death is ongoing.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun182012

NJ Cop in Custody After 10-Hour Standoff with Police

Comstock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- An off-duty New Jersey police officer who engaged in a firefight with police was taken into custody Sunday night after a 10-hour standoff.

Richard Klementovich, 42, surrendered outside of a home in Bucks County, Pa., at 11:45 p.m.  He was wearing a ballistic vest and gas mask.

The standoff began after Doylestown police were called to a "neighbor dispute" at 25 Bittersweet Drive around 1:44 p.m.

ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reported that the home belongs to Klementovich's estranged wife.  The Clifton Township police officer engaged in a firefight with police and shot the tires and video camera out of an armored SWAT vehicle.

Authorities said one police officer was injured by flying concrete when a bullet struck the sidewalk.  He was released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Klementovich reportedly had 2,000 rounds of ammunition and multiple rifles.

His wife and two young children were safely out of the house during the barricade situation, according to WPVI.  Media helicopters were cleared out of the range of the holed-up gunman, and area residents were warned to seek the safety of their basements as gunfire echoed throughout the neighborhood.

Police are not certain what exactly led to Klementovich's actions on Sunday but authorities have been at the home before for domestic disputes, according to WPVI.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct182011

NYPD Cop Disciplined over Occupy Wall Street Pepper Spray

New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers clash with a protester from the Occupy Wall Street movement in Zuccotti Park in New York. Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An internal New York Police Department review has found a senior police officer violated NYPD guidelines when he used pepper spray on Occupy Wall Street protesters last month, ABC News confirmed.

According to a person with knowledge of the investigation, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna faces discipline of a loss of 10 vacation days as a result of the incident on Sept. 24.

According to officials, after the demonstrators left their base in Zuccotti Park and spilled over into the streets, blocking traffic, Bologna approached a group already corralled by police and sprayed the group with pepper spray.

Clips on the Occupy Wall Street website show the incident, when a group of young women who were penned in by orange netting were approached by Bologna, who then, without apparent warning, used pepper spray on them. Two of the women hit by the spray fell to the ground and one screamed.

Bologna has the option to appeal the decision.

“Deputy Inspector Bologna is disappointed at the results of the department investigation,” Roy Richter, president of the NYPD captain’s endowment association, said in a statement. “His actions prevented further injury and escalation of tumultuous conduct. To date, this conduct has not been portrayed in its true context.”

The Occupy Wall Street protests began in downtown New York City Sept. 17, and have continued with the occupation of a park in the city’s financial district and several large-scale marches, generally on weekends. Though many of the group’s marches have resulted in dozens of arrests, there has been very little violence, and conflicts between the protesters and police have been limited.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
May062011

Caught on Tape: Arizona Police Officer Body Slams Drunk Teen Girl

Comstock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Phoenix Police are investigating the arrest of a 15-year-old girl who was seen on tape being slammed to the ground by the arresting officer.

Officer Patrick Larrison has been placed on administrative leave while police carry out both an internal and criminal investigation into the arrest.

A YouTube video captured the Jan. 25 arrest on camera, but police didn't become aware of the video until this Tuesday. Someone in the police department saw the video and reported it.

"That type of video is very concerning to us," said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump at a press conference Thursday. "What you see in the video is of great concern to the Phoenix Police Department about how a member of this community was treated."

The 15-year-old and her family have not been identified. The three-minute-long video starts with the girl having a fight in public with a woman who police identified as her mother. The mother has her daughter pinned to the ground in the parking lot of Charter East, part of the Ombudsman Charter Schools in Phoenix. The girl was reportedly intoxicated and sharing alcohol at the school, ABC Affiliate KNXV reported.

The charter school works with at-risk students.

The girl, wearing denim shorts and a T-shirt, fights her mother's hold, eventually getting up. The mother keeps trying to grab the girl, nearly pulling her shirt off.

When the police arrive, the girl is walking away from her mother. Officer Larrison can be seen on camera trying to catch up with the girl. He picks up speed. As she turns around to see him, he body-slams her, sending her to the ground.

"A charge here in what we're looking at, is there evidence of an aggravated assault or not," said Crump. "We have notified the County Attorney's Office of the video."

Officer Larrison is a six-and-a-half-year veteran of the Phoenix police force.

The girl was charged with aggravated assault for striking a school employee along with making threats to officers, police said.

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