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Standoff continues in Sylmar after officer shot in jaw [Updated]

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Map shows location of standoff as well as other recently reported crimes. Click for a full Sylmar crime report.A standoff was underway Monday morning in Sylmar between police and a shooting suspect after a Los Angeles police officer was shot when responding to a domestic-violence call.

 Officer Steve Jenkins, a veteran canine handler, was in critical but guarded condition and undergoing surgery at Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills for damage to his jaw after being shot in the face.

The shooting took place about 2:45 a.m. when officers were approaching the home in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue and were shot at by  someone inside the house.

The neighborhood surrounding the shooting has been evacuated for the safety of residents. Police said an evacuation center had been set up at Sylmar High School.

Police said they did not know if the suspect had additional weapons other than the gun that was allegedly used to shoot the officer. It was also not clear if the suspect was wounded. No one else was believed to be in the residence.

The incident began around 10:38 p.m. Sunday with a call from the man's wife, who had fled to a nearby residence to call police after allegedly being injured by the suspect. The wife was treated for moderate injuries and was in protective custody.

Police have surrounded the house.

The injured officer's wife is a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department and his son is a police officer, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a Monday morning news conference.

The morning's standoff, Beck said, "points up the danger of this occupation."

[Updated at 8:21 a.m.: The police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a statement the shooting reflected a nationwide trend of increased attacks on officers.

"A total of 162 officers died in the line of duty in 2010, up from 117 in 2009," the statement read. "So far in 2011, 52 have lost their lives, a 20% rise from the same time last year.

"Since the beginning of this year, 27 law enforcement officers around the country were killed either by firearms or felonious assaults. This is an increase of more than 13 % in fatalities over 2010, when 20 officers were killed by firearms or felonious assault at this same point in time."]

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Catherine Saillant

Photo: LAPD officers at the command post in Symar. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Map shows location of standoff, as well as recent reported crimes. Credit: Crime L.A.

 
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Best wishes to this officer.


I still don't understand why people complain about the salary and pensions that police officers get.

They so deserve it, those who criticize the officers show up to the safety of their cubicle and complain about their own lot in life. They have the audacity to say that the police officers should have the same pay and benefits that they do!


What they don't realize is that no one is shooting them, fighting them, spitting at them, threatening them and their families as part of their regular work functions.

No named suspect? No description? Huh?

The morning's standoff, Beck said, "points up the danger of this occupation." Yes, but when is the last time the police chief heard of a domestic violence case being perpetrated by someone high on cannabis? How is the safety of the public and the police being served by the attempt to force people to use alcohol (which is notorious for its role in domestic violence and child molestation)? It inevitably leads to a vast black market in cannabis, with all it's inevitable violence and corruption. Then there's all that lost tax revenue, and squandering of police/court/prison resources. Etc, etc...
Since the chief wants his profession to be less dangerous, why does he support forcing people to use alcohol to get high, when a competitor to alcohol that is FAR, FAR less likely to lead to violence against police or anyone else is readily at hand, and practically begging to be reasonably TAXED? It doesn't make any sense.

Well, when every person, including criminals and the insane, can own guns, what do you expect? I don't think this is what our forefathers meant when they decided we had the right to bear arms. An outdated mode of thinking anyway. It just makes society more violent.

Be nice to people and the favor will be returned

Once AGAIN, we have a domestic violence situation where the cop gets the short end of the stick!!

How about said wifey LEAVES this animal?!! I'm sure that this is NOT the first time the thug has abused her!

I'm so sorry this happened. How terrible it must be for this officer's family. My best wishes go out to all of them.

That being said, I want to complain about the War on Drugs. I think we have so many officer shootings because the War on Drugs has put so many guns on the street.

It's just like during Alcohol Prohibition. That also put a lot of guns on the street. When alcohol sales became illegal, the honest, nonviolent people left the business and the gun-toting gangsters took it over.

If we want fewer guns on our streets, we're going to have the take the leap that Americans took in 1933 when they made the sale of alcohol legal again.

When was the last time we heard of the people who make Coors shooting down the people who make Budweiser?

We have too many guns around and we have that situation because we've reproduced the gangster world that ruled America back when alcohol was illegal.

Just as the perks of parking where ever they want....and get discounts where ever they want...and walk around and push and shove who ever they want, even when out of uniform. This too is one of the perks that comes with their work. When it comes to police officers and their families, its a one way street, you get pulled over by the police, and if you are a relative of a cop, you show the wallet portrait of your relative and they start to chit chat about crap, a regular joe gets pulled over and its the opposite. Enough, how many innocent people have officers shot, wounded and killed over the last decade?Every time LAPD investigates itself it comes out on the officers favor, enough How many millions of dollars has LA county paid to victims as hush money? I think it will only get worse, for the police, until they start hiring people that aren't so damn trigger happy.
Im sure the officer that got shot in the face did not deserve it, but a whole bunch of these gang members with badges DO!

THEY CHOOSE TO BE AN OFFICER. NO ONE IS MAKING THEM.

THEY CHOOSE TO BE OFFICERS, NO ONE IS MAKING THEM.

So sad, but the Police Officers know what they are getting themselves into. right?

it is with deep regret that this crime upon an office has taken place, as we see the rise in police shooting as killings going up, due either for economic reasons or in return for those cops who do brutality unto the community as harassment, and sometimes good cops pay the price for such actions, it does not condone the act of violence, but when we as people see the trend, there must be some form of deterrent, to break a cycle. Our 3-strike system is a joke itself, whereas we the people imprison none-violent, such as burglary, drug offense, petty theft for a term of 25-life, while those violent criminal are out on the street, take a good look at our PRISON system, and the count of 3-strike case taking that space for violent acts??? this 3-strike must be repealed for those reasons and define the line of incarceration???

it is with deep regret that this crime upon an office has taken place, as we see the rise in police shooting as killings going up, due either for economic reasons or in return for those cops who do brutality unto the community as harassment, and sometimes good cops pay the price for such actions, it does not condone the act of violence, but when we as people see the trend, there must be some form of deterrent, to break a cycle. Our 3-strike system is a joke itself, whereas we the people imprison none-violent, such as burglary, drug offense, petty theft for a term of 25-life, while those violent criminal are out on the street, take a good look at our PRISON system, and the count of 3-strike case taking that space for violent acts??? this 3-strike must be repealed for those reasons and define the line of incarceration???

It has always seemed to me that the people who complain the most about our police officers are the FIRST ones to yell for help when they think they are in danger. They are the same people who whine that their tax dollars are being wasted on decent wages, health benefits and retirement plans for cops. Perhaps these deadbeats should step out into the line of fire and see how they like THAT.

People complain because of the union representation. Our troops in Afghanistan make far less and endure far more and are wounded and killed in greater numbers. What do you think of the Teamsters representing the troop?

No big deal, like I said before when a police officer is shot, they all "swarm" like bees to the location, but, when a citizen is shot they take their sweet time to respond and only when a unit is available. Just take a look at the picture, how many officers are there just standing around doing nothing wasting tax payers monies in the meantime if a citizen needs help, well, guess what, you'll just have to wait and die because there are no units available. In addition, where are the percentages of citizens having been shot by police officers using excessive force only because the officers "thought" the individuals appeared to have a weapon and were in fear for their safety and wouldn't be able to see their families again, what about the innocent victim that was shot erroneously by the cops, they won't see the families ever again and no money to bury them. again no big deal it's just another cop being shot.

Stupid is as stupid does

To SoCalPoster who stated "How about wifey leaves this animal?"

How do you know she didn't leave him?

Also,leaving doesn't always solve the problem. Several years ago a woman in Maryland left her husband and got a protective order. He went to her job, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire.

I say the best way to deal with some of these abusers is a Glock 17.

Go figure. Sylmar CA is a h_ell hole. Only losers live there.

Really Katherine? Criminals and the insane are allowed to own guns? Get your head out of the sand. They're NOT legally allowed to own anything. Whether or not they follow these laws and rules (as I presume you and I do) is the issue at hand--not legally owning guns. Taking away the right to own a gun from law-abiding citizens will do nothing to prevent criminals and the like from getting their hands on them. They obviously have no intention of obeying the law to begin with.

Best wishes to the officer and his family.

I live in this area and i feel that everytime this area of Sylmar is getting worses and worses. Before it was a calm and family area now there is more crime.

No y9u all will just complain about the salaries and pensions of teachers- we are the punching bag of America. Fools

He already shot one officer. SWAT isn't going to take him alive.

Katherine, do you really believe what you are saying? If so, let me point a few things out for you: 1) CA has some of the strongest anti-gun laws in-effect besides the normal ones that prevent "criminals and the insane" from owning guns so your first statement is total nonsense. Supply side thinking (i.e. blaming the guns and trying to ban them) has never worked and never will; guns are only tools (i.e. knives, cars, sports equipment, etc) and each of these can be used quite effectively as deadly weapons. For example: how many people would be killed or seriously injured if a wacko decided to drive their truck down the sidewalk? You can require a license, have locks on the doors and otherwise attempt to make it difficult for unauthorized individuals to use a vehicle in a deadly fashion but at the end of the day it falls down to how intent the wacko is upon performing their criminal action. IF you want to actually try to reduce some of the instances by enforcing the current laws or even improving them (i.e. death penalty) BUT know that you can never eliminate or prevent all insane/criminal behavior and thinking that you can just makes you either insane or plain stupid and naive).

As far as your interpretation of the founding fathers intent of the 2nd amendment I would submit that you are correct insofar that they never thought that common sense would take a back seat and that the letter of the law would take precedence over the spirit of the law. For example: "an outdated mode of thinking anyway. It just makes society more violent" is childish at best and conceived when someone faces something in the "too hard" column. The purpose of the 2nd amendment is to ensure that the people have the tools available to protect themselves. I have sympathy for your misguided view point in so much that it seems that you wish for an end of violence but you mush realize that violence is part of human nature and can never be eliminated. The best hope is education, economic stability and swift justice for those who violate the law. You are happy and enlightened and may not see the need for the tools necessary to protect yourself from those who are not; but for myself, I choose to rely on myself and would prefer not to be grouped into the criminal category just by doing so. Leave the 2nd amendment alone and focus on the real issue-criminals.

Give me his name and I will invite him to the
White Houise for a beer. Nice guy - just like me!

 
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