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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.

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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.


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    msjayelbee

    about 3 years ago

    612 Comments

    I pray that the officer will fully recuperate. Kudos to LAPD SWAT.

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    uspp459

    about 3 years ago

    18 Comments

    We will tear your house down if you #%^ with us !

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    bluebrother

    about 3 years ago

    768 Comments

    Prayers for Officer Jenkins and his family. Prayers for the family of the one who made the choice to do what he did.

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    denise65

    about 3 years ago

    2676 Comments

    Officer Jenkins, I'm praying for a full recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with your family to stay strong and faithful.

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    JT1958

    about 3 years ago

    68 Comments

    Praying for a full recovery for Officer Jenkins. Get well Brother!

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    FloEW

    about 3 years ago

    1042 Comments

    Praying for a full and speedy recovery for Officer Jenkins.

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    DocThomas

    about 3 years ago

    2122 Comments

    Prayers for a speedy recovery to Officer Jenkins!

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    wiseass0282

    about 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    Praying for a full and speady recovery to Officer Jenkins.

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    jims4

    about 3 years ago

    2610 Comments

    Get well soon Officer Jenkins and back out there doing what you do best, protecting us from evil.

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    tactman702

    about 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Officer Jenkins, I pray for your speedy recovery.

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    Bryan33

    about 3 years ago

    206 Comments

    get well soon brother!! Great job La u guys rock!! *1

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    Charlie10

    about 3 years ago

    732 Comments

    BUMP

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    Roblewis

    about 3 years ago

    7802 Comments

    Wishing Officer Jenkins a speedy recovery.

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    bsears

    about 3 years ago

    9372 Comments

    Prayers for a speedy recovery for Officer Jenkins.

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    courtguy

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Have a speedy recovery Officer Jenkins. I wonder whats going to become of that house? Where is this woman going to live now?

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