Erika Aguilar Crime and Safety Reporter
Erika Aguilar covers crime, courts and public safety in the Los Angeles area for KPCC.
Erika joined KPCC in 2012 after four years reporting on environmental issues for public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas, where she earned recognition for her work covering the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, the 2011 Texas wildfires and the state’s ongoing drought. Some of her reporting has been featured on NPR and American Public Media’s "Marketplace."
Before joining KUT, Aguilar worked in TV news as an assignment editor and assistant producer for the CBS affiliate in Austin. She’s a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University.
Any tips or story ideas can be sent to Erika by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories by Erika Aguilar
Los Angeles police say the man shot and killed by officers Friday in Hollywood was not wearing a costume and was brandishing a real knife.
More than a year after a deadly shooting rampage at LAX, federal prosecutors have not decided whether they will seek the death penalty against accused shooter Paul Ciancia.
Los Angeles police describe the victim as a young, white adult male. He was shot just before 7 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
Two Los Angeles police bicycle officers shot and killed a man Friday night in Hollywood after someone called 911 to report a man with knife, according to L.A. police.
After fatal interactions across the country, reformers have called for more cameras on officers and in patrol cars. But the LAPD's experience shows that such cameras don't always help.
A woman who was body-slammed by LAPD officers during a traffic stop for a cell phone violation settles her excessive-force claim for $550,000. One officer was fired.
Former Long Beach police chief Jim McDonnell promised a fresh start for the troubled L.A. Sheriff's office after taking the oath of office Monday as its 32nd leader.
Transportation officials say the number of suicides by train has gone down since a high in 2012. They believe suicide prevention signs with hotlines have helped.
Groups of protesters made their way to Leimert Park, Beverly Hills and LAPD headquarters. More protests have been planned for Tuesday.
L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck said he wants to add transparency to his decisions after employees said they think internal discipline is biased and unfair.
A judge Monday sentenced Javier Bolden, 22, to life in prison without parole for his role in the 2012 murders of two USC grad students from China.
A report analyzing survey responses from 500 LAPD employees shows they feel discipline is inconsistent and biased depending on gender, race, and rank.
L.A. law enforcement officials say they need witnesses to the police shooting that killed Ezell Ford. An autopsy detailing his death will be released by year's end.
The Pasadena police union plans to appeal a judge's ruling releasing a redacted report on a fatal shooting that killed Kendrec McDade two years ago.
Long Beach city officials announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Robert Luna to replace Jim McDonnell, who was elected L.A. County Sheriff.