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Man shot by LA sheriff's deputies identified


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Authorities have identified a man fatally shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies after he grabbed a deputy's gun during a struggle.

A coroner's spokesman says 31-year-old Javier Ortiz of San Fernando died at the scene of the shooting Friday in Palmdale.

Sgt. Diane Hecht said the shooting came at the end of a pursuit by deputies searching for a man whose relatives said was acting violently. During the search, an off-duty police officer flagged down deputies and said he had been attacked by a man with a metal pipe.

Hecht said the suspect matched the description of the person they were looking for.

When deputies spotted the suspect and grabbed him as he tried to climb a wall. During the scuffle, Hecht said the man grabbed a deputy's gun but the deputy reached for a back-up weapon and fired at him.


Crazed mother nearly drowns boy in yet another swimming pool freak-out in Palmdale


Sheriff's deputies cordon off the area around a Palmdale apartment complex where a boy was nearly drowned in the swimming pool on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

A Palmdale woman attempted to drown her 8-year-old son in their apartment complex swimming pool, authorities said, and might have succeeded had neighbors not come to the rescue.

Deputies from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Palmdale Station said the incident happened yesterday evening at about 7:30 p.m. at Monte Vista Apartments on the 2500 block of East Olive Drive.

According to witnesses, the woman, identified as 33-year-old Allaire McDougall, was ranting about the end of the world as she pushed her son’s head under the water.

“She’s telling him, ‘Son, you have to go,’” said witness Susan Williams, according to NBC. “He’s saying, ‘No momma, I don’t want to die.’”

That’s when bystanders jumped in and rescued the boy, sheriff’s Deputy Guillermina Saldaña told the L.A. Times.

McDougall was arrested -- kicking and screaming, according to the Times -- and is being held on $1 million bail.


Palmdale swim lesson goes too far, stepdad arrested for holding 7-year-old’s head underwater

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Happier swim lessons in a happier place

A man in Palmdale was arrested after allegedly holding his stepson’s head underwater for too long -- because the boy wasn’t taking to his swim lessons fast enough.

At around 7 p.m. Sunday, Jacqorie Stansell, 21, was giving his 7-year-old stepson a swim lesson in an apartment complex swimming pool in Palmdale, according to L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies. When the boy wasn’t learning fast enough, Stansell, apparently a fan of the “tough love” approach, began holding his head underwater repeatedly for as long as 15 seconds at a time, according to KTLA.

The boy stopped breathing and paramedics were called. They managed to revive him, and he was transported to an area hospital.

Although the boy’s condition was not immediately known, KTLA reported that both he and his sister -- who was upstairs with their mother at the time -- have been given over to protective services.


Seven teens arrested for alleged hate crime beating in Palmdale

City of Palmdale

City of Palmdale

An attack in Palmdale has residents debating whether it was a hate crime.

Seven African-American teens are awaiting arraignment in Palmdale after being arrested in a beating many describe as a hate crime.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the seven boys, ages 13 to 16, were arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime when they allegedly attacked a 15-year-old Hispanic boy in Palmdale as he walked home from Cactus Middle School. Police are still seeking three more suspects in the incident.

The March 14 beating was captured on video and posted on YouTube, but has since been removed from the site and retained for evidence. According to this NBC news report (which seems to have been posted on YouTube by someone trying to stir up racial tension), a school deputy watched the video and recognized several students, leading to the arrests.