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DA announces intention to have 14-year-old tried as adult in ICE agent Myron Chisem’s fatal shooting

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ICE agents lining the driveway of the Carson home where Myron Chisem was killed salute as his flag-draped body is carried by to a coroner's van.

Prosecutors announced today their intention to have the 14-year-old son of slain ICE agent Myron Chisem tried as an adult in his father’s death.

The boy, whose name has not been given due to his age, is scheduled to appear in Compton Juvenile Court on Monday for his arraignment.

Prosecutors say the teen shot his father Wednesday in their Carson home on the 19000 block of Broadacres Avenue. Investigators believe he used his father’s service weapon to fire a single shot through a window from outside the house, striking Chisem in the head as he watched television. Officials say the boy then called 9-1-1.

The DA’s Office did not give a possible motive for the shooting, although the L.A. Times today cites unnamed sources as saying the boy was angry at his father after being disciplined for misbehaving. A friend of the family told the Times that the two “had a great relationship,” adding, “I had never seen any kind of issues of tension between them.”


Shots fired into a building in downtown LA

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Police are reporting that shots were fired in to building near 600 South Olive St. in downtown L.A. around 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, according to LAPD Officer Wendy Reyes.

Officials are looking for any possible victims as well as a suspect. Reyes says the shots may have been fired from another building.

Andrew Blankstein of the L.A. Times tweeted that the business hit was located at 631 Olive and that the shots may have come from an air-rifle from a building at 629 S. Hill or from atop the L.A. Athletic Club. 

According to KCAL, Hill Street was closed southbound between 6th and 7th Street as the LAPD investigated.

The closure was later lifted by the LAPD, according to police department spokeswoman Tenesha Dobine. Information on the shooter could not be disclosed, although there appears to have been no victims.


Motorcyclist files claim in ‘attempted execution’ by Orange County sheriff’s deputy

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A Rancho Santa Margarita man who authorities say led them on a high-speed chase before being shot five times by a sheriff’s deputy has filed a claim against Orange County disputing the deputy’s version of events -- and accusing county employees of engaging in a cover-up to protect the deputy who shot him.

Authorities say that on March 10, 20-year-old Dennis Mueller was spotted by Deputy Manuel Cruz riding his motorcycle at recklessly high speeds. Mueller allegedly evaded Cruz by running red lights and traveling more than 100 miles per hour -- charges that Mueller denies -- but the deputy says he recognized the motorcyclist and went to confront him at his home on Meadow Park Lane.

According to Cruz’s version of events, Mueller saw the deputy and reached for something in his waistband, prompting Cruz to draw his firearm and shoot him five times in the arm and torso. Mueller recovered, but may permanently lose the use of his left hand.


2 USC students shot to death near campus

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The house police believe the young man that was shot was able to walk to and ask for help at before dying.

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Police block streets with caution tape at the scene of the USC shooting.

Police are investigating a murder scene near the University of Southern California campus this morning after two USC students were shot and killed in an apparent attempted robbery.

CBS reports that the shooting happened at 1 a.m. today on the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue near West 27th Street. The students, who have not been identified, were sitting in a BMW when they were approached by an armed man who told them to exit the car, according to police.

When the man in the car refused, he was shot point-blank in the head, police say.

New information from police suggest that the conflict may have been a bungled robbery, not a carjacking. Either way, the LAPD recommends not to put up a fight.

“We don’t know this to be the case, but if someone tries to take your car and somebody’s armed, then giving up your car is a lot better, a lot easier than giving up your life, unfortunately. But again, we don’t know if that’s the case here – this may have just been a random act of violence,” LAPD spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said.


Police say drinking pal shot friend in Van Nuys, tossed body in dumpster


Some details remain sketchy, but this much is known: A man was shot and killed by a drinking buddy in a Van Nuys apartment building Sunday evening, then his body tossed into the downstairs dumpster.

Police say Tito Diaz, 43, was drinking with a man later identified as 25-year-old Saul Zacarias at around 7:25 p.m. Sunday when a gun went off, twice, killing Zacarias.

Police say Diaz then tried to dispose of the body and enlisted the help of 25-year-old William Jimenez, a childhood friend of the victim.

They apparently didn’t try too hard: The body was carried to a trash container downstairs, according to Detective Marc Martinez of the LAPD Van Nuys Division.

“They tried to hide him in a dumpster,” Martinez told KPCC -- a dumpster in the bottom-floor parking lot of the same apartment complex, located on the 14600 block of Friar Street.