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Loma Linda evacuated as man claiming to have bomb walks into ER

Loma Linda University Medical Center
Loma Linda University Medical Center has been partially evacuated after a man walked into the emergency room claiming he had a bomb strapped to his body, authorities said Thursday.

Deputies and bomb investigators from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department are at the hospital and have detained a suspect, who was described as being in his 50s, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said.

Officials confirmed there was a “suspicious device” attached to a man's body but have not determined if it is explosive, Bachman said.

Authorities said they have moved the man from the entrance of the emergency room to an "enclosed concrete area" on the hospital's property as the investigation continues.

Hospital officials called the Sheriff’s Department after the man walked in about 9:20 a.m., Bachman said.

Bachman said the lobby was partially evacuated and traffic was shut down inside and outside of the emergency room, although the front entrance of the hospital remained open.

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Photo: Loma Linda University Medical Center. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Santa Maria officer killed by colleague was 'dangerous threat'

Photo: Santa Maria Police Chief Danny Macagni briefs reporters on the shooting death of a police officer suspected of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl. Credit: Leah Thompson / Santa Maria Times via Associated Press

Santa Maria’s police chief has released a statement saying his department had information that the officer fatally shot by a colleague on the morning of Jan. 28 “likely was about to harm himself and also a member of the public.”

Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. was shot to death as members of his own force tried to arrest him on suspicion of having an illegal sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The statement, released Thursday by Police Chief Danny Macagni, said that officers moved to detain Covarrubias because he presented a "dangerous threat" to himself and others.

“Our goal,” the statement said, “as it is in every situation, was to secure the accused officer with minimal risk to everyone involved. Nobody anticipated that events would unfold so tragically.”

The shooting happened after police received information that the officer was involved in an inappropriate relationship, sparking a fast-moving investigation of Covarrubias. Police officials say when they had enough information to make an arrest, two supervisors were dispatched to a DUI checkpoint where Covarrubias was working.

A fight ensued before he was fatally shot by an officer who had also been working at the checkpoint, police said.

The statement referred the public to the city of Santa Maria’s website for further information on the shooting.

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Photo: Santa Maria Police Chief Danny Macagni briefs reporters on the shooting death of a police officer.  Credit: Leah Thompson / Santa Maria Times via Associated Press

Police officer shot, killed by fellow officer in Santa Maria

Photo: Santa Maria Police Chief Danny Macagni briefs reporters on the shooting death of a police officer suspected of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl. Credit: Leah Thompson / Santa Maria Times via Associated Press
A Santa Maria police officer suspected of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed Saturday by a fellow officer as he was about to be arrested, authorities said.

The officer, who has not been identified, was near the end of his shift at a DUI checkpoint when supervisors arrived after 1 a.m. to detain him, Police Chief Danny R. Macagni told reporters at an afternoon news conference. There was a struggle, the suspect officer drew his weapon and fired his gun; a fellow officer then shot the suspect in the chest, Macagni said.

“He chose to resist,” Macagni said. “He drew his weapon. A fight ensued. He fired his weapon. And one of my officers that was there also discharged his weapon and the officer was fatally wounded.”

The suspect officer, who was married and a four-year veteran of the department, was pronounced dead at Marian Medical Center after undergoing emergency surgery. No one else was injured.

The dramatic shooting of a police officer by a colleague in the same unit roiled this northern Santa Barbara County city of 100,000, known more for its tri-tip and Elks rodeo than violent crime.

“It’s a very, very tragic day,” Macagni said.

In a press briefing posted to the website of KCOY-TV, the police chief said developments in the probe of the officer forced police to take immediate action.

He said detectives believed the officer knew that he was under investigation, that witnesses were being intimidated, and that the public would be at risk if authorities did not take him into custody before he left his shift.

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Quarry gunman died of self-inflicted wound, coroner says

An officer in Sunnyvale picks up evidence near the spot where Shareef Allman fatally shot himself.

The disgruntled Cupertino quarry worker who shot 10 people last week, killing three, and then eluded law enforcement for 27 hours during a massive manhunt died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Shareef Allman was spotted Thursday morning by Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies as he crouched behind a car on a residential Sunnyvale street. Deputies opened fire on him after he displayed a gun "in a threatening manner," Sheriff Laurie Smith told reporters after the shooting. Local TV reporters counted more than two dozen shell casings at the scene.

Photos: Shooting at California quarry

But in a briefing Tuesday, Capt. Kevin Jensen, an administrative coroner, said Allman's autopsy revealed that while he was wounded by deputies, the shot to the head that proved fatal was self-inflicted.

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Quarry reopens after deadly shooting rampage

Family members talk to a worker as they await word of a relative following the quarry shooting

Employees returned to work Monday at a Cupertino, Calif., quarry that had been shuttered since a disgruntled employee opened fire on coworkers Wednesday, killing three and wounding six more.

Shareef Allman, 49, also shot and wounded a Hewlett Packard contract worker in a failed carjacking attempt nearby. He was on the loose for 27 hours before sheriff's deputies shot and killed him in a residential driveway in Sunnyvale.

The Lehigh Permanente Plant where Allman and nine of the victims worked was started by Henry Kaiser in 1939 to supply construction of the Shasta Dam. Irving, Texas-based Lehigh Hanson Inc., which operates the plant, said Monday that the quarry had reopened and was expected to be "fully operational within one week."

Photos: Shooting at California quarry

"The company's priority continues to be the well-being of the plant's employees and their families," a statement read, adding that grief counselors remained on site.

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Cupertino shooting: Three deputies killed suspected gunman

A neighborhood resident is interviewed Wednesday during the police hunt for the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Shareef Allman

Three Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies on routine patrol shot and killed the alleged gunman in the Cupertino workplace shootings Thursday after spotting the armed suspect in a Sunnyvale neighborhood and attempting to make contact with him, authorities said.

"The three deputies on routine patrol are the ones who found him despite all of our efforts," said Sheriff Laurie Smith, referring to the massive manhunt launched for Shareef Allman, 47, after he allegedly fatally shot three co-workers and wounded several others Wednesday at the Lehigh Permanente plant where they all were employed.

The suspect was armed with a handgun, Smith said.

Photos: Shooting at California quarry

“All three deputies fired at the suspect,” she said. “He did display in a threatening manner a firearm.”

The identity of the victim must still be confirmed by coroner's investigators but the body matched the description of Allman, she said.

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Cupertino shooting: Friends of Shareef Allman react to his death

A house on Lome Way in Sunnyvale

Friends of Shareef Allman, the suspect in the fatal workplace shootings in Cupertino, reacted with sorrow and regret Thursday that another life had been lost -- and that the man they knew as a pillar of the African American community and a kind-hearted mediator of conflict will never be able to explain his actions.

While law-enforcement officials have not yet made a positive identification, a man matching the description of Allman was shot and killed by Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies on a residential driveway early Thursday, in the heart of the neighborhood where an intensive manhunt had taken place after Wednesday’s shootings.

Shortly after hearing the news, Rev. Jethroe "Jeff" Moore II, the head of the Silicon Valley NAACP, and longtime community activist Walter Wilson jumped into a car to seek out Allman's 17-year-old daughter, known to all Allman's friends, Moore said, as "the love of his life."

Photos: Shooting at California quarry

"We are devastated by the loss of life," Moore said of the addition of the 47-year-old Allman to the tally of three killed at his alleged hands at Lehigh Southwest Cement's Permanente plant on Wednesday. "They just closed the book and we’ll never know what page was ripped from it.... For my own selfish reasons I wish he had been taken alive so we could at least have had some conversation or explanation."

Moore expressed condolences to the "three other families who have been devastated by this. To get up to go to work and never come back, it’s a shock," he said. "As a community, we are hurt and at a loss for the proper words."

Yet the overwhelming emotion by those who knew Allman was one of stunned confusion. Moore, who met Allman years ago before each turned to Christianity, said his strapping friend was always well-dressed and well-spoken. "He was a ladies man and I thought I was too," he said with a laugh about their early shenanigans.

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Cupertino shooting: Neighbor awakes to sound of gunfire

Police search a Cupertino neighborhood Wednesday.

Helen Bernaciak awoke in her Sunnyvale home Thursday to the sound of gunfire and later watched officers slowly wheel a shrouded body -- believed to be that of suspected Cupertino gunman Shareef Allman -- to an ambulance.

“I was in bed, sleeping. It’s the shots that woke me up,” said Bernaciak, 75, a retiree who lives two houses from where the man was killed. “I’d never heard that sound before. All I know it was a horrible, horrible sound -- horrible.”

Later, she said, she spoke with three police officers, all of whom told her the man was dead.

Photos: Shooting at California quarry

“They didn’t drive in with their paramedic car," Bernaciak said by phone. "They wheeled him down the street all the way to Peacock [Avenue], eight or nine houses away.”

The shooting ended 24 hours of intense police activity along Lorne Way, a four-block street known more for well-groomed lawns, young children and a suburban Silicon Valley lifestyle.

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Man fitting description of Cupertino gunman killed by deputies

Shareef AllmanThis post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

A Sunnyvale official said Thursday morning that a man fitting the description of the gunman who killed three fellow quarry workers was shot and killed by Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies on a Sunnyvale driveway.

In a televised news conference, John Pilger, a spokesman for the city of Sunnyvale, all but confirmed that the dead man, whose lifeless body was covered in the driveway, was the suspect, Shareef Allman, 47.

“There was an encounter. Shots were fired. … And the suspect is dead,” Pilger said in a news conference in the Sunnyvale neighborhood that had been closed all morning as law enforcement officials searched for Allman.

Photos: Shooting at California quarry

Allman allegedly killed three people and wounded seven others in a shooting rampage at the Lehigh Permanente rock quarry.

Allman had attended a regularly scheduled 4:15 a.m. safety meeting at the Lehigh Permanente plant when he allegedly opened fire with a rifle and handgun.

Two co-workers died at the scene. Another died later at a hospital.

Later, Allman allegedly shot and wounded a Hewlett-Packard contract employee in the company’s parking lot nearby in an attempt to steal her car.

The shooting set off a massive manhunt involving peace officers, police dogs and helicopters with officers going door to door in neighborhoods in Cupertino and neighboring Sunnyvale.

[For the record, 10:02 a.m.: A previous version of this post referred to John Pilger as a spokesman for the city of Cupertino. He is a spokesman for Sunnyvale.]

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Photo: Shareef Allman. Credit: City of Cupertino / Associated Press

Cupertino shooting suspect Shareef Allman captured

Shareef Allman A Cupertino quarry worker who allegedly killed three people and wounded seven others in a shooting rampage at his California workplace, was apprehended Thursday morning, a sheriff's official said.

Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department said Shareef Allman, 47, of San Jose, was apprehended at a home in Sunnyvale.

He could not confirm earlier reports that Allman had been shot. Some media outlets had reported that he had been killed.

Photos: Shooting at California quarry

Allman was the subject of a two-day manhunt after Wednesday's early morning shooting at the Lehigh Permanente rock quarry.

He had attended a regularly scheduled 4:15 a.m. safety meeting at the Lehigh Permanente plant when he allegedly opened fire with a rifle and handgun. Two co-workers died at the scene. Another died later at a local hospital. Seven were wounded.

Later, Allman allegedly shot and wounded a Hewlett-Packard contract employee in the company’s parking lot, in an attempt to take her car.

The shooting set off a massive manhunt involving peace officers, police dogs and helicopters with officers going door to door in neighborhoods in Cupertino and neighboring Sunnyvale.

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Photo: Shareef Allman. Credit: City of Cupertino / Associated Press

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