Austin Louis Jimenez, a 28-year-old white man, died Friday, Sept. 8, after being shot in the 12800 block of Penn Street in Whittier, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Whittier police responded about 3:15 a.m. to a call regarding a shooting in the area, according to Officer John Scoggins. Once there, police found what appeared to be a crime scene but no shooting victims.
About an hour later, West Covina police were called to an incident nearly 15 miles away. Jimenez and two other men were found inside a Nissan sedan. They had been shot.
Jimenez was pronounced dead at 4:46 a.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records. The other men were transported to a hospital and treated for their injuries.
Whittier police linked the two crime scenes and identified Whittier resident Peter Vidal Hernandez, 34, as a suspect.
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Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer, a 53-year-old white man, was shot and killed on Monday, Feb. 20, at the intersection of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street in Whittier, according to authorities.
Boyer and two other officers were called to the scene to investigate a traffic collision about 8 a.m. when one of the drivers in the accident pulled out a gun and began shooting, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina told The Times.
The officers returned fire and three people were struck, including Christopher Michael Mejia, 26, a felon investigators would later learn was a suspect in the fatal shooting of his cousin earlier that morning in East Los Angeles.
Both Mejia and Patrick Hazell, a Whittier officer with three years on the force, were injured and taken to the hospital with injuries they are expected to survive.
Boyer, a 27-year veteran ...
Jose George Anthony Franco, a 37-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by police officers on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the 13400 block of Penn Street in Whittier, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Whittier police officers were called to the scene around 6 a.m. after someone called the department reporting "a suspicious man walking westbound on Penn Street, possibly holding a machete," according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
When the officers tried to talk to Franco, he ignored their commands to drop the machete and picked up a tree branch and threw it at one of them, Jauch said.
The branch missed, Jauch said, but then Franco lunged at another officer, and two officers opened fire.
Franco was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:01 a.m. from multiple gunshot wounds, according to ...
Lawrence Garcia, a 34-year-old Latino, died Sunday Nov. 13, after being shot in the 6300 block of Newlin Avenue in Whittier, according to Long Beach County coroner’s records.
About 9 a.m., Whittier police responded to several calls about gunshots, Officer John Scoggins said. They found Garcia, who had been shot several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:05 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Detectives believe the shooting occurred about 1.a.m., and they are looking for witnesses.
Anyone with information can call the Whittier Police Department at (562) 567-9270. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.