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Veteran LAPD officer finds his mother shot dead in her South Los Angeles home


The South L.A. home where 79-year-old Cleo Hughes, the mother of an LAPD officer, was found shot to death on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

An LAPD officer checking in on his mother found her shot to death in her South L.A. home on Sunday, and police currently have no suspect or motive in the murder.

Cleo Hughes, 79, was killed in her home on the 1600 block of West 66th Street, the L.A. Times reports. Her son, identified by CBS as Chris Hughes, dropped her off there at about 7 p.m. Saturday and went to check on her Sunday after she didn’t return his phone calls.

He discovered her body at around noon, an LAPD spokesman told the Associated Press. NBC reports that she had been shot in the chest.

A family friend said the officer and his mother were very close.

“He checks up on his mother every day,” Allyson Smith said. “She was beautiful, I mean a lovely mother.” Smith added that the officer is her only son.

ABC reports that Chris Hughes is a department veteran who trains recruits at the police academy. The grieving son stayed at the crime scene while his colleagues conducted their investigation.


Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Boyle Heights

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Police officers called to a Boyle Heights neighborhood early this morning shot and killed a man armed with a rifle, authorities said.

LAPD spokesman Richard French told KPCC that at about 5:50 a.m. Friday morning, “Someone called 911 complaining that there was someone shooting a gun in a neighborhood, which ended up being at the 2500 block of Houston Street” in Boyle Heights.

Upon arriving, officers also heard gunshots, French said, and followed them to the back of house where they encountered a man wielding a rifle.

The man, described only as a Hispanic male from 25 to 30 years old, was shot and killed by police. No officers were injured.

At this point, French said, police do not know why the man was firing a gun, or why he failed to drop it when officers arrived.


Glendora police search for phony cop who made traffic stop, bothered family members

Glendora Police Department

Glendora police are looking for this man, who impersonated an officer at least twice in May 2012.

Police are looking for a man who impersonated an officer in Glendora earlier this month in order to make a traffic stop, then weirdly imposed himself on the victim’s family.

The phony cop -- wearing a passable uniform with holstered sidearm and flashing a badge -- pulled over a man on May 11 who was exiting the Foothill Freeway at Sunflower Avenue at about 11 p.m., according to reports based on a Glendale Police Department press release.

In making the traffic stop, he reportedly displayed a white strobe light, flashed his high beams and even went so far as to bump the other car from behind while they were moving -- something officers never do.

Another tipoff might have been the phony cop’s car: a cream-colored Ford Edge.

According to Glendora police, after pulling the man over things transpired as follows: