Seth Raines, a 44-year-old white man, was shot and killed by Los Angeles police on Friday, July 24 at 12185 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
About 3:20 p.m., police said that Raines fired shots into the air and toward the ground near Vantage Avenue on Ventura Boulevard. Soon after, police responded to the scene. Terrified witnesses sought cover and hid behind police cars as officers inched closer to the man.
Witnesses said that Raines appeared to be calm as he sat on a brick ledge outside a bank.
"He just looked like he was waiting for the cops," said Paul Gilmartin, who witnessed the shooting.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck later told reporters that investigators believe the shooting was a "suicide by cop" scenario, based on the man's actions and on interviews with family.
Beck said that Raines had what police thought was an …
Patrina Sabella, a 32-year-old Latina, died Tuesday, March 20, after being stabbed in the 10600 block of Valleyheart Drive in Studio City, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Sabella, of Rosamond, was found with multiple stab wounds early Tuesday morning at the baseball fields of Weddington Park South.
The victim was pronounced dead shortly after authorities arrived at 2:20 a.m. Coroner’s records show she suffered several stab wounds to her face and neck.
Stephen Joanou, a 25-year-old white man, was arrested Tuesday in Burbank in connection with Sabella's slaying. He is being held in Los Angeles County jail in lieu of $1.45-million bail. Joanou's next court appearance is schedule for April 12 at the Van Nuys Municipal Court.
Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call North Hollywood homicide detectives at (818) 623-4075. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Joong Kim, a 50-year-old Asian man, died Saturday, Nov. 20, two days after he was shot in the 10600 block of Chiquita Street in Studio City, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
A neighbor called 911 about 1 a.m. Nov. 18 after hearing gunshots and seeing Kim on the ground in front of his home, said Det. Mark O'Donnell of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division, who is handling the case.
Kim was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he remained until he died Nov. 20. He had been shot several times, including once in the neck, according to coroner's records.
O'Donnell said Kim lived at the home with his wife. She was asleep inside at the time of the shooting.
Witnesses told police they saw at least two or maybe three people wearing hooded sweatshirts fleeing the area after the shooting.
When asked if the shooting …
A newborn white baby boy, identified by coroner's officials as John Doe No. 197, was found dead Monday Nov. 8 in the 4500 block of Simpson Avenue in Studio City, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
According to coroner's records, the child was discovered in the trash can in the mother's bedroom. The discovery was made about 7 p.m., said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
The mother, whose identity has not been released, was placed into custody and questioned, said Richard French, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.
As of Monday, coroner's officials said the baby's official cause of death had been deferred and results will not be available for six to eight weeks.
-- Stephen Ceasar and Sarah Ardalani
Update January 18, 2018: The coroner has identified John Doe No. 197 as Baby Boy Renson.
Update Feb. 28, 2011: Coroner's …
Zachary Champommier, an 18-year-old white man, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers Thursday, June 24, in the 12100 block of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
The incident unfolded as members of a multi-jurisdictional task force organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration gathered in a rear parking lot at 12171 Ventura Blvd. for a debriefing after serving a search warrant in the area.
During the meeting, they noticed a man looking inside the parked cars, including those belonging to task force members, said L.A. County sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker.
When one of the agents confronted the man, he became combative and began struggling with the officer, Parker said. A deputy went to the agent's aid, drawing his gun and ordering the suspect to the ground.
A second man behind the wheel of a Toyota sedan, later identified by the coroner's office …
Felix Lang Jr., a 28-year-old black man, died outside of a New Year's party on Jan. 1, 2009, in the 3900 block of Avenida del Sol in Studio City.
According to authorities, Lang was attending an illegal pay-at-the-door party at a foreclosed mansion when he reportedly failed to pay for a plate of tacos.
Gilbert McDonald, 34, the self-appointed bouncer, followed Lang outside and their confrontation turned physical. During a struggle, McDonald's handgun went off. Moments later, police said, McDonald shot Lang several times at close range.
McDonald, who was later admitted to a local hospital with a broken femur, was booked on suspicion of murder.
-- Richard Winton
Wayne Hughes, 26, a white man, was stabbed in the chest and back at 10965 Bluffside Drive in North Hollywood and died at Holy Cross hospital shortly after 10 a.m. March 25. Arrested was Anthony Lovato, 26, a white man. Police said the pair argued over a woman, and Lovato stabbed Hughes.
The Times reported on March 26 that Lovato was the former lead singer for suburban Chicago punk rock band Mest. He was initially held on $1-million bail pending an investigation into criminal homicide, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Lovato and Hughes were arguing in the parking structure of an apartment building when the victim allegedly punched Lovato, Lopez said. The Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to file charges against Lovato, saying there was insufficient evidence to prove the killing was not self-defense.
[This post initially incorrectly gave Lovato's time of death as …