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Shooting in southwest LA leaves one dead, others injured

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The scene of a multiple victim shooting in Southwestern L.A. Wednesday night.

A shooting in Southwestern Los Angeles Wednesday night left at least three victims. One victim, who rescue workers tried to recussitate as they loaded the stretcher onto the ambulance, was later pronounced dead.

According to police at the scene, on the 4800 block of 2nd Avenue, a group of Rollin 40s Crips were having a party and shooting fireworks off in the street when a white van rolled by and someone inside the van opened fire. 

Partygoers waited to be questioned, some wearing costumes, like one man, who had on an orange clown wig.

As of yet, there has been no word of arrests.

This story has been updated.


Sheriff's deputy sentenced in drug burrito jailhouse sting

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Screenshot of 'The Academy' via Hulu

Henry Marin on the the Fox reality show 'The Academy.'

Henry Marin, a former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, was sentenced Monday to two years in jail for trying to smuggle heroin into jail in a burrito. The heroin was apparently destined for a Mexican Mafia associate behind bars.

Marin was caught through a sting operation by the sheriff's department, targeting corrupt deputies — reportedly in response to a string of incidents involving deputies selling or transporting drugs behind bars, where they're worth up to 10 times their street value

This particular case caught a lot of media attention partially because Marin was featured on a reality show about sheriff's department recruits. On the 2007 show, "The Academy," Marin is shown failing out of his class. Apparently, he was allowed to reenroll at the academy later and eventually graduated.


LA Sheriff's department looking for a few good women

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Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department will host their annual Women in Law Enforcement Career Day. Sheriff's Deputy Armore Smith said the event is aimed at recruiting more women to the ranks of the country's largest sheriff's department.

The goal is to reach 20 percent female, Smith said. Current female staffing levels were not immediately available. 

In 1987, the department entered a consent decree after Susan Bouman Palomino sued, claiming gender discrimination in promotion practices. That decree came to an end this year, but Smith said the department is continuing its drive to hire more women.

The event is open to all: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 at the Sheriff’s Training Academy in Whittier, 11515 S. Colima Road.


Los Angeles police chase ends in crash, DUI

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If you missed last night's televised freeway chase through South Los Angeles, be sure and watch it here. After a lengthy chase, and a probably totaled police car, 28-year-old Compton resident Michael Mariano was booked on felony DUI. 

According to LAPD Commander Andrew Smith, officers saw Mariano "driving erratically" and tried to pull him over. They chased him for a while, called in a helicopter for overhead pursuit, and eventually caught up with Mariano in Compton--after he crashed into a police car and then tried to flee by foot. 

In the video, you can see officers tackle Mariano and forcibly restrain him. Smith said the incident will be investigated, just like every time officers use force of any kind.

"He certainly put the community in danger by driving like some kind of maniac through the streets of Los Angeles and then into Compton," Smith said, praising the Southeast Division officers who stuck with the suspect.