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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.

  • Pict0015_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Gods speed Jenkins. You will make it ;o)

  • Erase_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for a full recovery.....and bless your family as they are all wearing blue. <3

  • Dolphins_fantasy_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for a speedy and full recovery for Officer Jenkins.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Officer Jenkins.

  • 041105-o-9999g-012_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for a speedy and full recovry by Officer Jenkins

  • Th_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I suppose that's one way to get him out.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers go out to Officer Jenkins and his family. Get well my Brother.
    I think that this should be standard procedure on a barricaded suspect who shot at cops and especially one that shot an Officer. Just bulldoze the damn house down around him and see if they can find him in the rubble afterwards.

  • Adp_max50


    over 3 years ago


    LOL once again LASD bailing out rapid-LAPiD (Just kidding guys. Years of admiration and esprit de corps) Hang in there Jenkins! KMA

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for the officer and his family. Good work by LAPD and LASD which teamed up their SWAT Teams for mutual support. The new BatCat is awesome.

  • Dscn0533_max50


    over 3 years ago


    My best wishes, prayers and positive energy will be sent to Officer Steve Jenkins. You need to recover. You need to be here with all of us.

    I also will send my prayers to his family, friends and his Brothers and Sisters he worked alongside at the LAPD as they sit by the bedside of a hero they love so much. Always remember that those in critical condition DO recover, don't lose your faith, don't compromise your hope and keep these words at Steve's bedside:

    Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the present'

    ENJOY EVERY 'PRESENT' THIS BRAVE MAN GIVES YOU. We all pray that there are many thousands for you to receive.

    I understand why this article is receiving "thumbs up" for the incredibly actions of the LAPD and support my fellow PL members who have chosen to rank it like that. But, due to the fact that a madman critically wounded a LEO prevents me from doing so. [It's just a personal choice - but I'm incredibly overwhelmed by the actions of the LEOs who dealt with this issue - a situation that could have escalated far more seriously than what occurred. You are the heroes that make those of us who are LEO supporters proud to be Americans.]

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What you gonna do when they come for you, Bad Boys...
    Prayers for a fast n full recovery to Officer Jenkins

  • Stmaarten2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    i like the new window that was installed. glad no one important got killed!! speedy recovery!!!

  • 1393794_10151798561878138_392793313_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Speedy recovery Officer.

  • Horizon_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Job well done lapd!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Wishing Officer Jenkins a speedy recovery.

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