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Chief Beck 'disappointed' with LAPD SWAT officers selling guns

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Chief Charlie Beck said he'll "at the least" discipline any officers found guilty of misconduct.

Chief Charlie Beck told reporters Tuesday he was "disappointed" when he first heard about members of the LAPD's elite SWAT unit buying and reselling guns at a profit of hundreds of dollars.

"It's an entity in the department that I depend on," Beck said. "It's an entity that this city stakes its life on. I hold them to the highest standards and I don't expect them to do this kind of thing."

Beck was speaking on the heels of a newly launched probe into whether SWAT officers violated any federal weapons laws, city ethics codes or department policy when they bought high-end .45-caliber pistols with a SWAT insignia from a weapons dealer that works with the city, and then sold the guns.

Speaking before the Police Commission Tuesday, LAPD Internal Affairs Commander Richard Webb described an initial investigation into the allegations as "thin," and promised a much more thorough accounting of what happened. He said the person who conducted the initial probe is no longer with the department, though it was not clear why.


SWAT standoff ends in Long Beach, K-9 subdued suspect is arrested

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July 5, 2012: An armed SWAT officer is seen here, stationed outside a Long Beach home.

SWAT standoff ends in Long Beach, K-9 subdued suspect is arrested

A lengthy standoff has ended between Long Beach SWAT team members and an armed man who barricaded himself inside his home in the 6100 block of John Avenue.

The standoff began just before 8 a.m. Thursday morning when the man shot a code enforcement officer in the head. 

Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt told KPCC's Rob Strauss that the inspector had gone to the man’s home, along with police officers, to serve an inspection warrant.  

"As they were in front of the house determining their course of action, a shot was fired. As a result, one of the inspectors was struck in the head causing all to take cover," Pratt said.

The injured officer is expected to make a full recovery. 

Pratt says the man continued to fire his gun when additional officers arrived on the scene. Officers evacuated five homes in the neighborhood as they attempted to coax the man out of his house. 


SWAT standoff: Barricaded parolee shoots at parents, car, deputies

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Handgun recovered at the scene of an 8-hour standoff on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

An eight hour standoff between sheriff's deputies and an armed, barricaded parolee ended with an arrest and a trip to the hospital for the suspect who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

On Saturday a man and woman went to the Carson Sheriff's Station and told deputies their 31-year-old son had shot at them, at their car, and had locked himself in the house, LASD said in a release. The father suffered minor injuries to his foot. 

Deputies arriving at the 40 block of South Camelback in Carson asked the suspect to step outside, but he refused. Additional patrol deputies were called and soon after LASD Special Enforcement Bureau SWAT deputies and a K-9 and handler arrived to the scene.

Gunfire was heard periodically from inside the location and deputies took cover. Fragmented stucco was seen coming out of the exterior walls. No deputies were hit by gunfire during the standoff, and no deputies shot their firearms. 


A big morning in Burbank: Why police called for evacuations, street closures and the SWAT

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A police vehicle outside a Burbank residence after officers responded to a "shots heard" call.

An incident in Burbank that prompted Thursday morning evacuations, street closures, and rallied the presence of the SWAT team, has been contained.

KPCC's Rob Strauss spoke to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank police department who said four men between the ages of 30 and 40 have been detained, streets were re-opened, and all of the evacuations had been lifted.

At around 6:45 a.m. a witness called police to a report of two gunshots fired in the 1800 block of Keeler Street in Burbank. An officer arriving at the scene observed what appeared to be gunpowder in the air, and measures were taken to secure the area, said Ryburn.

Employing a loudspeaker, authorities attempted to make contact with individuals inside a residence to no avail. Concerned for the safety of witnesses, neighbors, and officers, authorities began evacuating nearby homes in all directions and closing streets at Keeler and Peyton Avenue, Grismer Avenue and Elliot Drive, and Keeler at Morgan Avenue, notes the Glendale Leader.


Fleeing suspect hops from rooftop to rooftop evading capture in Westwood

Screenshot: Near Malcolm and Wilshire Blvd in Westwood via Google Maps

Screenshot: Near Malcolm and Wilshire Blvd in Westwood via Google Maps

A suspected car thief spent five hours hopping from rooftop to rooftop in Westwood on Thursday in an effort to evade capture by police.

The pursuit, broadcast sporadically on television news, began around 8:00 a.m. when officers attempted to pull over the man in a Toyota Camry believed to be stolen.

The suspect -- who according to KTLA-TV told authorities "If I could get to my gun, I would kill all of you," fled first by car and then by foot in an area south of UCLA's campus near near Malcolm and Wilshire.

After hours of hopping from roof to roof of nearby homes, approaching police and then backing away, and unsuccessful negotiations to get the suspect down peacefully via ramps and ladders, the LAPD brought in its SWAT team.

The unidentified man surrendered to authorities after being hit with at least two rounds of bean bag ammunition. A female passenger was reportedly taken into custody.