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Category: Athens

Athens: Ivon Sanchez, 23

December 15, 2009 | 11:11 am

Ivon Sanchez, a 23-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Sunday, Dec. 13, in the 1500 block of West 101st Street in Athens, authorities said.

Gunfire broke out about 11:30 p.m. at a party at the location. Sanchez was wounded and later pronounced dead at a hospital. Photo: Mauricio Farias, who is wanted by authorities in connection with the shooting death of Ivon Sanchez, 23. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

The suspect, Mauricio Farias, 38, fled in a white 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with chrome rims and the California license plate 8M15256.

Deputies warn that Farias should be considered armed and dangerous, and urge anyone with information to call the homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.

-- Seema Mehta

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Photo: Mauricio Farias, who is wanted by authorities in connection with the shooting death of Ivon Sanchez, 23. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


Athens: James Jones, 43

November 5, 2009 |  9:33 pm

The location where James Jones was shot. Credit: Google Maps James Jones, a 43-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the 11400 block of South New Hampshire Avenue in Athens, authorities said.

Jones and another man were standing in front of a residence when they were approached by a black man who shot both of them, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and the other man  was taken to a hospital. The suspect ran away, authorities said.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where James Jones was shot. Credit: Google Maps


Athens: Waymon Weston, 20

October 27, 2009 |  6:22 pm

The location where Waymon Weston was shot. Credit: Google Maps Waymon Weston, a 20-year-old black man, was shot and killed on Monday, Oct. 19, in the 1100 block of West 90th Street in Athens, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Weston was standing outside an apartment about 10 p.m. when someone approached and shot him, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Weston was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:07 p.m., Winter said.

—Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Waymon Weston was shot.

Credit: Google Maps


Times coverage: Baca orders faster probes of deputy-involved shootings

September 25, 2009 | 10:00 am

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Darrick Collins, a 36-year-old black man, died on Monday, Sept. 14, after he was shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in the 1200 block of Poindexter Avenue in Athens, authorities said.

The following is an excerpt from full Times coverage of Collins' killing:

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has ordered a quicker turnaround on department investigations into deputies who shoot unarmed suspects, a sheriff's spokesman said Thursday.

Investigations that typically dragged on for more than a year should be completed within 90 days to "provide better accountability to the communities served," said Steve Whitmore, a department spokesman.

Baca's move to speed up such probes coincides with his efforts to address concerns among community activists upset over a shooting Monday in Athens, in which a deputy shot and killed an unarmed man. On Wednesday, Baca announced that he was convening a panel of his top shooting experts to examine deputy-involved shootings and the tactics his officers use in such confrontations.

So far this year, Los Angeles County deputies have shot and killed 10 people, double the number during the same period last year.

Read the full story on deputy-involved shootings here.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Darrick Collins holds his son, Darrick Collins Jr., in a family photo.

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Unincorporated Athens: Woodrow Player III, 22

July 13, 2009 |  4:01 pm

Woodrow Player III, 22, pictured with his wife Tyisha in a family portrait Woodrow Player III, a 22-year-old black man, was shot several times by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies and died on July 10 in the 11200 block of Berendo Avenue in unincorporated Athens.

Civil rights leaders called for a federal investigation.

Player was shot as he ran from deputies in the 11200 block of Berendo Avenue about 8:45 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Investigators said they recovered a gun from Player's car, but witnesses said he was unarmed when deputies shot him in the back.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore promised a thorough review of the shooting.

"This will be examined from top to bottom. And if there are any inconsistencies, they will be brought forth," Whitmore said.

But Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, and Eddie Jones of the L.A. Civil Rights Assn. joined Player's relatives Saturday at the place where Player was shot to call for a federal investigation.

"We have no confidence in the Sheriff's Department to investigate itself," Hutchinson said, dismissing the sheriff's Office of Independent Review, which is investigating.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Athens

Read more: Deputies kill man in Athens; rights groups want an investigation

Photo: Woodrow Player III, 22, pictured with his wife Tyisha in a family portrait



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