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LAPD Bulldozes House, Finds Cop Shooter Dead Inside

LAPD Bulldozes House, Finds Cop Shooter Dead Inside

Associated Press

April 05, 2011

LOS ANGELES — A daylong siege that began with a domestic violence call ended when a man suspected of shooting and critically wounding a police officer was found dead in his home.

Officers found the man’s body in a second-floor hallway at about 7:30 p.m. Monday with a rifle nearby, nearly 18 hours after Officer Steven Jenkins was shot and the man barricaded himself inside, Deputy Los Angeles Police Chief Kirk Albanese said.

Jenkins, a police dog handler and 22-year LAPD veteran, remained hospitalized in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his jaw and collarbone.

Earlier Monday, officers blasted tear gas into a window of the home in a gated Sylmar community and traded gunfire with the man.

Police used a forklift-like machine with an extendable arm to rip open the structure to make the gunman easier to spot.

“He fired at officers several times during a 45-minute period,” Lt. Andy Neiman said. “He obviously couldn’t care less about the lives of others.”

Officers returned fire at one point, but it was unclear whether they hit the gunman, Neiman said.

The man had been seen moving throughout the house and used several weapons, but officers lost sight of him.

For hours, officers tried to persuade the gunman to give up peacefully.


AP Photo - Los Angeles County Sheriff's department officers arrive at a standoff in the Sylmar section of Los Angeles on Monday, April 4, 2011.

“We took extra time and explained to him … that the officer was alive, that there’s no reason to make this worse than it already is and to surrender,” Albanese said. “That was not to be.”

Over the next few days, police plan to interview family members and neighbors to learn more about the suspect, who has not been identified.

“What prompted this? What caused this man to do the things that he did today? We don’t know, and hopefully we can learn more in the days to come … and really start to put together what we were faced with here tonight,” Albanese said.

The ordeal began when the man’s wife called police Sunday night saying her husband had beaten her, police said.

She was badly battered, police Chief Charlie Beck said. Neiman said she was treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises to her face and neck.

Because someone was reported injured, firefighters responded and saw the man driving up and down the street, apparently looking for his wife, Neiman said.

The man had locked himself in the home by the time police arrived. Neighbors were evacuated as SWAT officers surrounded the home.

Jenkins was shot at around 2 a.m. Monday.

Though the suspect had a criminal record, it was relatively old, according to Albanese.

No other officers were hurt.

Jenkins’ wife is an LAPD sergeant and his son is also on the force.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What ever it takes to get them out, the tax payers are thankfull.

  • M_9667fc2c687f23a8152f2bc98d03777d_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What a great idea! Love it! Use a bulldozer! If he won't come out of the house...just get rid of the house! LMAO... awesome job!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    A complete and speedy recovery for officer Jenkins.One dead P.O.S. suspect.

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    My prayers for the officers recovery and well being. All I can say about this criminal is, Boy. Whata spoiled Brat.

  • Idf_soldier_and_kittyimage2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Israel Border Police often use bulldozers to knock down a house that an active shooter is in. Usually they find the body in the rubble. Safe and easy. No incarceration costs either.

  • Shark-computer_president_max50


    over 3 years ago


    they learned from St. Pete and the Hydra Lacy case. Way to go!!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    WOW, they really torn this house up.. That's a huge house I sure hope there is no clause with their homeowners; if I was the wife L.A. better pay. Shucks she got her behind whipped by her crazy MF'er.
    Yes I agree with Instructor - these dumb behind criminals are shooting cops like mad and seems like they are aiming for their heads. I just read another article where another cop was shot in the head.
    Better get us taxpayers to pay for some head-gear..shucks I don't believe they are paid much - NOT FOR PERHAPS LOSING their LIFE to such CRIMINALS. There is no $ amount that can replace a love one by nature causes need not mention some dumb a$$ crook or NUT...

  • 2004_0911_006__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Why do our officers continue to force the situation to the point that they become up close targets for mentally deranged people. Look at the number of officers killed in the last few months.

    As a Retired Police officer and past Chief of Police, I am appalled that the civil authorities now think that they have the option to destroy a home or building structure to get at a suspect. If this is the case, why not just give them M-79 Grenade Launchers? Blow the suspect up, Kill everyone in the house!

    What will the wife do now? A FLIR camera would have told them where he was in the house, looks though walls, easily could have identified a human heat source.

    Homeowner's insurance most likely won't pay for the repairs to this house as all insurance policies have a disclaimer relating to losses that occurred by the insured during the commission of a crime.
    Do you really think that the city of L.A. will repair her home?

    I feel sorry for the officer and pray he recovers soon. Officers... Stop running into the line of fire, the barricaded suspect isn't going anywhere. No suspect is worth the life of any officers.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    get well soon,steve.and for the gunman "oh well".

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    To Officer Steven Jenkins for a speedy recovery. To his wife, Officer Beth Jenkins and son, Officer Robert Jenkins, thank you for your service.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Why bump DonnaLynn? What did I miss here??

  • Img_1347a_max50


    over 3 years ago


    No taxpayer’s dollars exhausted in this case, May Yahweh shine his light upon you Bro Jenkins that you heal and recover quickly.

  • Bayou_032_max50


    over 3 years ago


    bump donnalynn

  • Wolf_001_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump Donnalynn. Heal Quickly Officer Jenkins.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Speedy and full recovery Officer Jenkins.
    The gunman had enough mental capacity to shoot himself. To me that means he was well aware of what he did and what his consequences would be. Thanks for saving the taxpayers some money.

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