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  • Police grieve as service set for slain Hawaii officer

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    By Rob Shikina The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    HONOLULU — A memorial service for slain Hawaii island police officer Bronson K. Kaliloa has been set for Aug. 4 at Ballard Family Mortuary in Hilo.

    The 46-year-old police officer was gunned down Tuesday night during a traffic stop on Highway 11 in Mountain View. The suspect in the shooting, Justin Waiki, was killed Friday in a shootout at a police checkpoint at South Point in the Kau district.

    Kaliloa, who joined the Hawaii Police Department in 2008, is the first Big Island police officer shot and killed in the line of duty. Honored as Puna patrol officer of the year in 2014, he is survived by his wife and three children and his parents. The memorial service will start at 10 a.m., following visitation at 9 a.m.

    Malcolm Lutu, president of the State of Hawaii Police Officers Union, said Big Island police officers have endured a lot in the past few months with the ongoing response to the Kilauea eruption in Lower Puna and last week’s violent death of a fellow officer and the four-day manhunt for his killer.

    “I know the officers haven’t had a time to grieve,” Lutu said Saturday. “It’s really important for them to decompress.”

    Hawaii island police released little information Saturday on the four people who were riding with Waiki in a Toyota 4Runner when he was shot dead after opening fire on police at the roadblock, or whether the two people arrested Thursday following separate shooting incidents in Kailua-Kona may have had a connection to him.

    A 35-year-old woman who reportedly was hiding with Waiki in the vehicle remained at the Hilo Medical Center Saturday recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg and a broken femur, police said.

    An HPD special response team sergeant who was shot in the upper torso and right arm and hand during the incident was in stable condition at the hospital, police said.

    The three other people in the 4Runner were arrested on suspicion of first-degree hindering prosecution and remained in custody Saturday. They had yet to be charged.

    Police said the vehicle was registered to the parents of a female passenger. A .38-caliber revolver that police said Waiki used to kill Kaliloa was recovered. The gun was reported stolen from a home in March, police said.

    Investigators are still piecing together who may have assisted or sheltered Waiki while he was on the run.

    Waiki had a criminal record of 37 arrests and 16 convictions, including felonies for drugs, forgery and ownership or possession of a prohibited firearm. Court records from 2008 said Waiki was a carpenter with a wife and two children.

    Crimestoppers, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the FBI had pledged a combined $32,000 for information leading to his capture. Police were tipped off to the suspect’s whereabouts but there was no word Saturday on whether anyone had come forward to claim the reward.

    Police had received a separate tip Thursday that Waiki might be in a Toyota pickup truck in Kailua-Kona. When officers approached the vehicle at Kahaluu Housing, the driver allegedly sped toward police officers, who fired three shots at the truck, which continued to flee toward Alii Drive. When the truck took aim at police on Napoopoo Road, a second officer fired 10 shots to no avail.

    The vehicle, which had been reported stolen from Hilo that day, was eventually abandoned in a coffee field in Honaunau and the male and female suspects, both 25, were arrested a short while later. Charges are pending.

    ©2018 The Honolulu Star-Advertiser


  • NYPD files charges against officer in Eric Garner death

    By Mira Wassef Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, 33, who was involved in Eric Garner's death, was served with departmental charges Friday, a law enforcement source told the Advance.

    While police would not say what charges Pantaleo is facing, sources told the Daily News the charge is using a chokehold to subdue a suspect.

    Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, who was the supervisor at the scene, has not been formally charged yet, said the source.

    The NYPD announced Thursday that it would immediately begin the disciplinary process against two officers in the case.

    "I wish they had put disciplinary action against all of them that were involved," said Rev. Al Sharpton during a rally Saturday at National Action Network in Harlem. "We want justice for Eric Garner."

    The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) will lead the case regarding Pantaleo, and the NYPD Department Advocate will handle the Adonis case, a department spokesman said.

    Pantaleo's departmental trial may start this fall.

    During his rally, Sharpton encouraged Garner supporters to attend the proceeding, saying the community leaders should make their presence felt to demand justice for the family.

    "I think it's a slow form of justice," said a Tompkinsville business owner who was friends with Garner. "It took too long, but maybe federal charges will finally come now."

    The NYPD sent a letter last week to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), informing it that the NYPD planned to move on the Pantaleo case. The letter said those proceedings would begin "on or promptly after September 1, 2018" against the officers.

    But on Wednesday, the DOJ told the NYPD that it had no objection with it moving forward with the disciplinary process.

    After being informed that the DOJ had released the hold in the investigation, the CCRB said Thursday that its Administrative Prosecution Unit (APU) will move forward with its prosecution.

    The CCRB determined last year that Pantaleo used a banned chokehold during the incident.

    Pantaleo has been on desk duty since the incident four years ago.

    Garner, 43, died when cops attempted to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes in Tompkinsville on July 17, 2014.

    Video taken by witness Ramsey Orta showed Pantaleo wrestle Garner to the ground while Garner could be heard repeatedly shouting "I can't breathe."

    The city's medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide, determining that he died from "compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police."

    His weight and pre-existing medical conditions -- acute and chronic bronchial asthma and hypertensive cardiovascular disease -- also contributed to his death, the medical examiner's report stated.

    The Department of Justice commenced a civil rights investigation after a grand jury on Staten Island declined to files charges against Pantaleo in December of that year.

    The DOJ has not yet brought civil charges, reportedly because some officials are hesitant about proceeding with the case.

    Pantaleo's lawyer, Stuart London, could not immediately be reached Saturday.

    ©2018 Staten Island Advance, N.Y.


  • 1 dead, dozens of hostages freed after standoff at LA supermarket

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    By Christopher Weber and Michael Balsamo Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — Police said they were trying to determine what prompted a man to shoot his grandmother and wound another woman before he crashed his car and ran into a busy supermarket, where he held dozens of people hostage in a tense standoff with scores of heavily armed officers outside.

    A woman was shot and killed when the gunman ran into the Trader Joe's supermarket in Los Angeles' Silver Lake section on Saturday, but no hostages were seriously hurt before the man handcuffed himself and surrendered about three hours later, police said. The man's grandmother was hospitalized in critical condition on Sunday.

    The man shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, who he forced into a car, police said. Officers tracked the car, gave chase and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside the supermarket and then ran inside, they said.

    Frightened customers and workers dived for cover as police bullets fired at the man shattered the store's glass doors.

    Some people inside the supermarket climbed out windows, and others barricaded themselves in rooms as scores of police officers and firefighters and 18 ambulances converged on the scene and prepared for mass casualties.

    Heavily armed officers in riot gear stood along the side of the store and used mirrors to look inside as hostage negotiators tried to coax the man into freeing his 40 to 50 hostages and surrendering.

    At about 6:30 p.m., the man agreed to handcuff himself and walked out the front door, surrounded by four of the hostages. The unidentified man was immediately taken into custody.

    Mayor Eric Garcetti congratulated police and firefighters for their work and mourned the loss of life at the Trader Joe's, where he and his wife regularly shopped when they lived in the neighborhood.

    "The heroism that was shown today was second to none, and the teams that were able to respond, secure the perimeter and engage in conversation with the suspect no doubt saved lives today," he said.

    Among those who survived the harrowing afternoon was 91-year-old Don Kohles, who lives in the neighborhood and was walking into the supermarket when he saw "two police cars coming like a bat out of hell" and the man crashed into the pole.

    The driver got out, and police started firing at him as he ran toward the supermarket. Kohles hurried inside, and he and others took cover as the man ran in.

    "Those bullets went right over the back of me as he was running right down the main aisle," Kohles said.

    Christian Dunlop, a real estate agent and actor who lives nearby and frequents the Trader Joe's, was on a corner near the store when he saw four people run out. One person, an employee, was dragging an injured woman by the hands.

    "She appeared lifeless," Dunlop said.

    He then saw about five employees hang out a second-floor window and drop to the ground and about 15 other people run to safety from the back of the store. Among them was a police officer carrying a small child, he said.

    "I know all the employees," Dunlop said. "I see them all the time. My heart was just racing and thinking about all the endless possibilities."

    Police Chief Michel Moore said the gunman made a "series of demands" during the standoff but crisis negotiators believed they could persuade him to surrender peacefully.

    Police aren't sure what led to the initial violence that produced the car chase and standoff. Moore said at about 1:30 p.m. the suspect shot his grandmother and another woman in a South Los Angeles home and then forced the other woman into his grandmother's car. The other woman suffered a graze wound.

    Officers tracked the car using a stolen-vehicle tracking system and tried to stop the man in Hollywood, but he refused to pull over, Moore said. During the chase, the man fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his car.

    Outside the store, the man exchanged gunfire with police again and the woman was shot and killed, Moore said. It was unclear if she died from police gunfire or was killed by the gunman. Moore said police and firefighters responded quickly but could not save her.

    Fire officials said six people, ranging in age from 12 to 81, were taken to the hospital. None had been shot, and all were in fair condition.


  • Wash. officer struck, killed by patrol vehicle during pursuit

    By PoliceOne Staff

    KENT, Wash. — A Washington police officer was killed Sunday after being struck by a patrol vehicle during a pursuit, police said.

    Police said the Kent officer was deploying spike strips to stop a suspect’s truck during the pursuit when he was fatally struck by a Kent Police patrol vehicle, Fox News reported. The officer driving the patrol vehicle was also injured and was taken to a hospital, where he’s listed in critical but stable condition.

    “Make no question about this, were it not for the actions of this suspect or suspects, this officer would be alive today. It’s directly because of the suspect or suspect’s actions that led to the officer’s death,” Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead said.

    Officials said the pursuit started after police received calls about a shooting before 2 a.m. Sunday. Officers in the area heard gunshots and saw a red truck fleeing the scene. Witnesses told police the truck may have been involved in the shooting.

    During the ensuing pursuit, an officer pursuing the red truck struck the LEO deploying the spike strips. Mead said the patrol vehicle then crashed into three other cars.

    Police said the red truck hit one of the spike strips and crash. One person was arrested.

    The fallen officer was an eight-year veteran of the department.

    Mead said officials are continuing to investigate the incident and didn’t comment on whether police are searching for more suspects.

    Kent Police officer killed in early am pursuit. #komonews pic.twitter.com/YCb9SxMOy5

    — @StephenRamaley komo (@StephenRamaley) July 22, 2018

    Kent PD and WA State Patrol holding press conference about the Kent police officer death. Investigation still on going. Officer deploying spike strip was hit by another Kent police officer and killed. This happened while pursuing suspect who had been firing a weapon. Very tragic pic.twitter.com/sWx3RFirkr

    — Doug Dillon (@dougdKING5) July 22, 2018

    Multiple agencies preparing to escort the fallen Kent Police Officer. pic.twitter.com/fCTCEQYDHe

    — Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) July 22, 2018


  • Dallas officer killed by suspected drunk driver during funeral escort

    By PoliceOne Staff

    DALLAS — A veteran Dallas police officer died after being struck by a suspected drunk driver while accompanying the funeral escort of another fallen LEO.

    Dallas Chief U. Renee Hall said 55-year-old Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens was blocking an entrance ramp on a highway when he was hit Saturday morning, Fox News reported. The officer was stationary at the time and had his motorcycle lights on when he was struck “at a high speed rate” by an SUV.

    Givens was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    Hall said the SUV collided with a concrete divider. The 25-year-old driver, who hasn’t been identified, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

    Givens was doing a courtesy escort for fellow Dallas Officer Tyron Andrews, who died of cancer, and was headed to East Texas, according to the Dallas Morning News. Givens, a 32-year veteran of the Dallas PD, had been with the motorcycle unit since 2012.

    "Keep the Givens family in your prayers," Hall said. "Keep the Dallas Police Department in your prayers."

    Senior Corporal Jamie Givens a 32 year veteran with DPD was hit and killed by a suspected drunken driver. A source says the suspect blew a .19 Blood Alcohol Content on breathalyzer test. pic.twitter.com/aBn0KSyz6b

    — Lori Brown (@LoriBrownFox4) July 21, 2018

    Chief Hall says their hearts are broken after a suspected intoxicated driver hit and killed veteran Dallas Police Officer Givens. pic.twitter.com/sJKgndBoMr

    — Lori Brown (@LoriBrownFox4) July 21, 2018


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