Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

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Erika Aguilar covers Orange County for KPCC. Prior to that she was the station's crime, courts and public safety reporter.

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.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

Judge claims UCLA cops used excessive force in seatbelt citation

UCLA PD says the judge stood in the roadway and refused to get back in his car. The judge claims he was thrown roughly into the back seat and that the cuffs were too tight. Read the complaint here.

LAX shooting: Coroner says slain TSA officer was shot 12 times

The TSA officer killed during a shooting at LAX was shot 12 times causing major organ damage, according to an autopsy report made public Friday.

TSA officer killed in LAX shooting died within 2 to 5 minutes

The TSA officer killed in the shooting at LAX died within two to five minutes from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the LA County Coroner's office.

LAPD releases sketch of possible Joseph Gatto killing suspect

The L.A. Police Department released a sketch Tuesday of a suspect possibly associated with the killing of Joseph Gatto, father of California Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

Ex-Miramonte teacher gets 25 years for lewd acts with kids (Update)

Mark Berndt's no contest plea is the legal equivalent of pleading guilty. He was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 25 years and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Update: Assemblyman's father killed in Silver Lake

The 78-year-old father of state Rep. Gatto was found dead from a gunshot in his home Wednesday night. Residents of the well-groomed community don’t see much violent crime.

Public memorial held for TSA officer killed in LAX shooting

Gerardo Hernandez, 39, was slain by a gunman reportedly targeting officers working for the Transportation Security Administration.

LAX shooting: What is the LA Airport Police Division? (FAQ, Photos)

After the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX, many wondered, "What is the L.A. Airport Police Division? Where does it patrol? How long has it been operating?" We provide some answers.

LAX shooting: FBI eyeing Ciancia's focus on 'New World Order'

The agency confirmed that it has found evidence suggesting that Ciancia believed in a conspiracy theory about a global government takeover.

LAX shooting: FBI searches home; wounded TSA agent speaks

Victims of Friday's shooting and the suspected shooter's family gave prepared statements on Monday, expressing their condolences and relating their experiences of the attack.

Riverside judge: Boy who killed neo-Nazi dad must go to lockup

A Riverside judge decided Thursday a 13-year old who murdered his neo-Nazi father will go to a state-run detention center. His attorney argued he should go to a private facility.

Helicopter noise relief taking too long, say LA politicians

Members of Congress from the Los Angeles region want the FAA to release a schedule for completing six action items to relieve helicopter noise in Southern California.

2 arrests made in Los Angeles Craigslist killing

Los Angeles police have arrested two men they believe lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad — gunning him down in front of his son.

LA valet permit rules to get stricter next month

November 14 is the deadline for valet operators and attendants to obtain a permit from the L.A. Police Commission in order to operate in the city.

LAPD release video of suspect in killing of a South LA store clerk

Los Angeles police hope video of a suspect in the shooting of a South LA store clerk last month will prompt witnesses to come forward.