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    SYLMAR (KTLA) -- Police are tearing down the walls of a house in Sylmar after a man who shot an LAPD officer in the face barricaded himself inside.

    The officer, identified as Steve Jenkins, was shot in the jaw and shoulder while officers were responding to a domestic-dispute incident near Dronfield Avenue and Bledsoe Street at about 2:15 a.m, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck,

    The standoff is happening at a home in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue, near Blesdoe Street.

    The suspect, Sergio O. Salazar, has not spoken to authorities, but is reportedly communicating with family members.

    Police are using a specially designed robotic Caterpillar crane called the 'BatCat' to dismantle the back walls of the house in an effort to flush out the barricaded man.

    The incident began around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, when authorities responded to a call about a domestic dispute.

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    The suspect's wife ran to a neighbor's house and called 911, saying her husband had beaten her.

    Firefighters arrived on the scene first, and said the suspect was running up and down the street looking for his wife.

    They called additional police units.

    Officers initiated a search of the premises with K-9 units around 2:15 a.m.

    That's when the suspect started shooting at officers from a window, and they returned fired.

    "He is appearing sporadically and firing indiscriminately at our officers," said LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman.

    During the exchange of gunfire, K-9 officer Jenkins was shot.

    Jenkins was transported to Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills where he underwent surgery.

    He is listed in critical but stable condition.

    Around 10 a.m., police fired tear gas into the home.

    Instead of surrendering, the suspect began firing again at SWAT officers outside the home, and police fired back, according to LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman.

    That's when officers decided to try a different approach using the robotic BatCat.

    Residents in the immediate vicinity were evacuated to Sylmar High School on Metro buses.

    The school remains open, according to LAUSD officials.

    Jenkins is a 22-year LAPD veteran and works in the Metropolitan Division as a K-9 handler.

    His wife is an LAPD sergeant and his son is an LAPD officer, Chief Beck said.

    people are getting more brazen, shoot a cop, run and hide and shoot it out with everyone in a standoff check out the video in the link of the batcat smashing in the windows/walls..

  • #2
    I hope the officer will be alright.
    “Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.” - Robert F. Kennedy.


    • #3
      There is quite a bit on this in the California section.
      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein


      • #4
        Originally posted by DAL View Post
        There is quite a bit on this in the California section.
        thanks Dal....I checked general first and didn't see it.....this stuff is getting out of control. I would figure this should go right in the general....We're all feeling it right now!

        the link Dal is referring to


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          Go, LAPD! Go, LASD!

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