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101 Freeway southbound lanes re-open in Valley

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A screenshot of a suspect facing off with police following a police pursuit Wednesday evening, April 11, 2012.

Officials say the 101 Freeway will re-open soon after 8am as police wrap of their investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting that took place last night.

Police have yet to say if they found a weapon or if there was a weapon on the suspect they shot and killed after he jumped out of his vehicle Wednesday night. The 101 was closed after the shooting and traffic backed up as commuters were detoured.

Northbound lanes reopened around 2:15 a.m.

Southbound commuters were being detoured off the 101 at Ventura Blvd which continues to loading up with traffic. Less congested side streets are Burbank and Victory.



101 Freeway southbound lanes to remain closed until about 8am in Valley

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A screenshot of a suspect facing off with police following a police pursuit Wednesday evening, April 11, 2012.

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A screenshot of the 101 Ventura Freeway at 6:30am showing the closed Southbound lanes

All of the southbound lanes of the 101 Ventura Freeway between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and De Soto Avenue will be closed until about 8 a.m. due to a police investigation following a fatal shootout.

After officers pursued a vehicle being driven erratically in Northride Wednesday night around 10pm, the driver led police in a chase onto the freeway. While on the 101 the suspect swerved his car toward the median as if to make a U-turn on the freeway when he was blocked by a police cruiser. He then jumped out of the car and fled police. As he ran he appeared to be pointing or aiming at police and was shot and killed on the 101 near Canoga Avenue.

Police have yet to say if they found a weapon or if there was a weapon on the suspect. Meanwhile the 101 remains closed as police continue their investigation on the heavily traveled freeway.


Take me out to the high-security ball game: A 'peaceful' plan for opening day at Dodger Stadium


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A plentiful police presence will be felt at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday when the Dodgers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10 p.m. LAPD will be out in force "to ensure a peaceful opening day" said an official statement.

Authorities have reportedly been working with the team for months to create a patrol plan, and officers began watching the parks near the stadium on Monday night for ordinance violations, especially alcohol-related infractions.

On opening day 2011, Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic, was attacked to near-death outside the stadium. Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was left in a coma after being brutally punched and kicked him in the head after the game. Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood have pleaded not guilty to charges of mayhem assault and battery in that attack.



Can you hear me now: LAPD's 12-hour radio fail


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The Los Angeles Police Department experienced a 12 hours of radio interruption this week when a power outage caused communications to go down. The incident occurred Tuesday during a test of a backup generator at the Mount Lee communications facility near the Hollywood sign.

According to Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith, backup systems activated during the test fail, and officers continued to respond to emergengies. There was no danger to public safety, he said, adding that the department is allowed to test its emergency response operations.

Police station-to-squad car communication was not interrupted and on-board car computers reportedly continued to operate as normal.

Councilman Mitch Englander commented to the Daily News that the interruption put the officers and public at risk and said he will call for the dismissal of General Services Department general manager Tony Royster.


Leader of the pack: Motorcyclist arrested after 100-mile freeway chase

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A biker led Southern California police on a high-speed, 100-mile freeway chase across three counties on Sunday.

California Highway Patrol officers initially tried to pull over 48-year-old Gabriel Barajas for speeding near Newhall, but the suspect did not stop.

Los Angeles police and CHP officers wound up chasing his Honda motorcycle through Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, at speeds reaching 95 mph, until the bike reportedly ran out of gas near Camp Pendleton, and he was arrested.

Investigators say Barajas and 49-year-old Stacey Veronica, his passenger, are in jail where they were booked for investigation of resisting arrest.

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