Erika Aguilar Crime and Safety Reporter

Erika Aguilar
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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.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

Convicted gang member won't testify in Jamiel Shaw murder case

Gang Member Pedro Espinoza, convicted of killing Los Angeles High School football star Jamiel Shaw, Jr., will not testify in his sentencing hearing.

LAPD arrests 2 suspects in USC murders

Police took into custody a man suspected of killing two USC students, as well as another man believed to be involved in the killings.

Trial continues for gang member who killed Jamiel Shaw, Jr.

The sentencing phase trial continues this week for a gang member convicted of killing a Los Angeles High School football standout four years ago.

2 Pasadena police under investigation for alleged misconduct

Pasadena’s police chief said he’s investigating two officers on accusations that they intimidated suspects and witnesses.

FAA gives police permission to fly unmanned drones

The federal government released more details Monday on how law enforcement can obtain permission to use unmanned drones.

Drone rules coming for LAPD, other first-responders

The federal government will release guidelines for how police departments and first-responders can use small drones.

Family of Kendrec McDade raises questions about autopsy report

The attorney representing the family of Kendrec McDade raises concerns and questions over new details revealed in the autopsy report.

Autopsy: Kendrec McDade shot point-blank then handcuffed

19-year-old Kendrec McDade was described in the report as alert and "combative" before arriving at Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Former LAPD Stephanie Lazarus gets 27 to life for killing ex's wife

Lazarus was convicted in March of killing her ex-boyfriend's wife with three shots to the chest nearly 30 years.

Jamiel Shaw Jr. murder: Jury finds Pedro Espinoza guilty

Prosecutors have asked the court to sentence Pedro Espinoza to death for the alleged killing of Shaw almost four years ago.

Boy who allegedly shot ICE agent father has first court appearance

A 14-year-old boy who allegedly shot and killed his father, a federal immigration agent, made his first court appearance on Monday in Compton.

Boy who allegedly shot ICE agent father to enter plea

A 14-year old boy who allegedly shot and killed his father in Carson last week will enter a plea in juvenile court on Monday.

Teen son arrested in federal immigration agent's death

Myron Chisem named as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shot to death in his Carson home last night. His teen son has been arrested.

13 arrested and 2 LAPD officers injured during May Day march

“It was very cowardly the way they did it,” a police officer said, explaining that the suspects waited until the officers had turned their backs to attack.

Beaumont woman blinded by police pepper spray will file claim

A Beaumont woman left blind by police pepper spray says she will take the next step toward filing a civil lawsuit.