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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Katy Ann Nosic, a 27-year-old white woman, was shot and killed Monday, Sept. 4, in the 17600 block of Castleton Street in the City of Industry, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Nosic had just finished her shift at the Golden Corral restaurant, 17635 Castleton St., where she had started working three weeks earlier as a baker in training, according to a statement from the restaurant.
About 10:23 p.m., Nosic walked outside to a waiting car when another vehicle drove up and a person got out with a gun, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said. The person shot Nosic multiple times in the torso and then got back in the car and drove away in a light-colored van or SUV, Mendoza said.
Nosic, a resident of La Puente, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:45 p.m., according to coroner’s records ...
Jennifer Ball, a 36-year-old white woman, was found beaten to death Tuesday, Sept. 5, under the South Figueroa Street overpass, south of West Griffith Street in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A person walking early that morning saw Ball lying on the Dominguez Channel Bike Path, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The pedestrian called 911, and paramedics pronounced Ball dead at the scene at 7:14 a.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the head.
Investigators think Ball was homeless and was living along the channel, Mendoza said. No weapon was found, and authorities have no motive for the killing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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Steven Westbrook, a 26-year-old white man, died on Tuesday, Aug. 15, after he was beaten and stabbed in the 25600 block of Cypress Street in Lomita, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Westbrook went to visit a friend who lived near his Lomita home the evening of Aug. 13, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Investigators believe Westbrook and his friend, James Matthew Sias, 33, got into an argument and that Sias began assaulting Westbrook around 8:40 p.m., Mendoza said.
Westbrook was taken to the hospital with head trauma and stab wounds, Mendoza said. He was pronounced dead two days later at 4:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as blunt head trauma and a stab wound to the neck.
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Eric Paul Bogart, a 49-year-old white man, died Thursday, Aug. 10, after he was shot by police in the 1600 block of Alta Mura Road in Pacific Palisades, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 10:53 p.m., officers from the LAPD’s Pacific Division responded to a call at a home and discovered that Bogart had been arguing with a woman who lived at the residence, and the two were in an on-again, off-again relationship, said Los Angeles Police Capt. Brian Wendling.
The man, later identified as Bogart, had fired several rounds at the woman, but she escaped unharmed. When officers arrived at the home they met with a private security guard who told them the suspect had barricaded himself inside.
Police then set up a perimeter around the house and called in a SWAT team, said Officer Drake Madison, an LAPD spokesman.
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Todd Gregory Hurlburt, a 53-year-old white man, was shot and killed by police Friday, Aug. 4, in the 800 block of Venice Boulevard in Venice, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Officers responded about 8:30 p.m. to a call to “keep the peace” and met a woman outside a home who said that Hurlburt, her boyfriend, was inside destroying her “personal property,” according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
As officers walked into the home, they saw Hurlburt sitting in a chair across the room with his back to the officers with a rifle in his hand, according to a news release from the department.
“Mr. Hurlburt ignored verbal commands from the officers to drop the rifle,” according to a news release from Aug. 29. “He stood up and turned in their direction with the rifle,” prompting the police shooting, according ...
Jerauld Phillip Hammond II, a 46-year-old white man, was fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Thursday, July 27, in the 1700 block of Whitley Avenue in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 11 a.m., officers from the LAPD’s Hollywood Division responded to a call about a man with a gun at a Motel 6, police said.
The officers went to the motel’s second floor and knocked on the door, asking Hammond to come out.
After about 10 minutes, Hammond opened the door, pointed a handgun in the officer’s direction “and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” the news release said.
Hammond, who had been struck by gunfire, closed the door and barricaded himself inside.
Officers called for backup, and a SWAT team arrived, Sgt. Barry Montgomery told reporters at the scene.
SWAT officers made several attempts to contact the man, without success, he said.
Alice Pritchard, a 93-year-old white woman, was fatally stabbed on Monday, July 24, in the 3100 block of East Artesia Boulevard in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Long Beach police responded to a call about 3:15 p.m. about a stabbing at an assisted living facility, according to a news release. They discovered a woman with a stab wound to her chest. Pritchard was pronounced dead at 3:47 p.m., according to coroner's records.
Officers arrested Linda Womack, Pritchard’s roommate, at the scene. The motive for the stabbing is unknown.
Womack, 65, was booked on suspicion of murder and is scheduled to go to court Aug. 16 for an arraignment hearing.
Anyone with information can call Long Beach police at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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Richard Anthony Melgar, a 37-year-old white man, was killed Monday, July 24, in the 12200 block of Horley Avenue in Downey, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
At about 5:30 p.m., Downey police responded to call from a woman who found her boyfriend dead in her backyard, according to a news release. Within minutes, officers arrived at a residential property with a front and back house. In the backyard between the houses, Melgar was found with multiple stab and gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at 5:49 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
In a subsequent investigation, detectives discovered that the girlfriend’s sister lived in the back house with her own boyfriend, the release said. Robert Joseph Benitez Jr., 31. Based on evidence at the scene, police said they believe Benitez was responsible for the killing.
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Lyndi Lee Fisher, a 36-year-old white woman, died Friday, July 14, after being strangled in the 43200 block of Doverwood Court in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Fisher, an appliance technician, had gone to a home on Doverwood Court to repair a refrigerator around 6 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said. It was her last service call of the day.
At 11:11 p.m., the house’s sole resident, William Hughes, called the Sheriff’s Department to report that Fisher was unconscious in his garage, Mendoza said.
Hughes told investigators he had left the house while Fisher was working, and when he returned, she was lying unresponsive in his garage.
Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:23 p.m., according to coroner’s records. At the time, investigators said she had blunt force injuries to ...
Dwain George Kaiser, a 69-year-old white man, was fatally shot Monday, July 3, in the 170 block of West Second Street in Pomona, according to Los Angele County coroner’s records.
A 17-year-old called Pomona police about midnight saying he had shot his roommate and would be awaiting officers outside, according to Sgt. Brian Hagerty. Officers found the teen outside and took him into custody.
Officers went into the apartment building and found Kaiser upstairs with several gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:25 a.m., according to coroner's records.
Hagerty said the teen and his mother, as well as Kaiser and his wife, lived together in a three-bedroom apartment. The two families had lived there together for more than 10 years, according to Hagerty.
The teen was arrested as a juvenile on suspicion of murder; his name was not ...