SAN LEANDRO, CA – Early Sunday morning, around 2:20 am, a marked California Highway Patrol vehicle was shot at multiple times on a local highway.
A black Mercedes Sprinter van was seen shooting at the car seven times on I-880 southbound at the Lewelling Blvd exit, not far from Oakland.
San Leandro: CHP officers unhurt after I-880 shooting, suspect arrested https://t.co/6uxKTj2EQ1
— Mercury News (@mercnews) June 14, 2020
The patrol car had two Hayward division officers inside, neither of whom were hurt. All shots missed the vehicle.
Officers detained three people a short time later who were inside a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle’s description. The three suspects were all males, ages 14, 18, and 20 years old, and there were multiple firearms in the vehicle.
The driver, identified as 18-year-old Ethan Escobedo, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and shooting at an occupied vehicle. It’s reported that he resides in Los Angeles, but it’s unknown why he was up in the Bay Area.
Alameda County records did not show Escobedo in custody of the jail as of Sunday afternoon. It’s unknown if the unidentified passengers were arrested or not.
South of San Leandro, near Santa Cruz, an officer was killed recently when he was ambushed by an active Air Force Sergeant.
Here’s the story Law Enforcement Today brought you about that incident.
Around 3:15am on Wednesday, a San Louis Obispo County deputy was shot near the Paso Robles station on 10th Street.
Paso Robles Police Chief Ty Lewis said that the incident started when a dispatcher monitoring the department’s security cameras advised officers that there was a suspicious person walking around the building. The dispatcher saw him start shooting.
Officers responded to search for the suspect. As units from neighboring agencies arrived to assist, the gunman shot towards arriving police cars.
The Sheriff’s Office is releasing these images of the suspect believed to be responsible for the active shooter event that took place in Paso Robles this morning. #PRactiveshooter pic.twitter.com/IkUDi8jOCr
— SLO County Sheriff (@SLOSheriff) June 10, 2020
About an hour into the search, around 4:19am, the suspect again started shooting, this time striking a deputy in the face.
His partner returned fire and attempted to render aid to the deputy. It’s unknown if he hit the suspect.
With the help of local firefighters, the deputy was transported to the local hospital, where he remains in “serious but stable condition.”
Sheriff Ian Parkinson said this was an “unprovoked attack on law enforcement.” He also said the suspect was “laying in ambush” at the police department, and that it was the “act of a coward.”
Residents were asked to shelter in place while the hunt for the suspect took place. The search was suspended around 2pm, but downtown still remain closed.
The suspect has not been identified, but a photo has been circulating of the believed suspect, who is described as a white male, approximately 5’8″, 150-160 pounds, with dark curly hair and a beard.
This ass wipe wounded a sherrif deputy in Paso Robles, CA. This is where I grew up and still have family there. Here is a first look at the shooting suspect. Call Law Enforcement if you know this guy. #police #activeshooter #manhunt pic.twitter.com/46gXyzzeIy
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) June 10, 2020
Anyone who recognizes this man is urged to contact the SLO County Sheriff’s Office, Paso Robles Police Department, or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.
The injured deputy is said to have been with the department for two years.
Additionally, police are investigating a homicide that they believe is possibly connected to this shooting, where the body of a 58-year-old man was found on train tracks around 7am near 8th and Pine streets.
That man was apparently a transient camping in the area who died of a gunshot to the back of the head. Investigators determined that the gunshot was from close proximity. The body was discovered by local business owners. The relation of the shootings are unclear at this time.
Law Enforcement Today will bring updates to this case as available.
Attacks on police are increasing during these tense times. Earlier, we brought you a story of another assault on an officer, this time in North Carolina.
Here’s that one again in case you missed it.
A police captain from the Charotte-Mecklenburg Police was assaulted on June 8th while outside of the Charlotte Government Center in uptown where protesters had reportedly gathered.
The officer involved is Captain Brad Koch, who was surrounded by a crowd of protesters that were engaging in not only antagonistic behavior, but escalated to assault.
Video of the incident was captured, where the group encircled the police captain in a fit of rage outside of the government building.
This video shows Capt. Brad Koch being assaulted in broad daylight today by protestors at the Char-Meck Government Center. CMPD is attempting to identify the suspects in this case. If you have any information please contact 9-1-1 or call @CLTCrimeStopper at 704-334-1600. https://t.co/FTn9EPLmwM
— CMPD News (@CMPD) June 8, 2020
In the video, you can see some rising tensions boiling among the group of protesters present. Then, one individual allegedly shoves the police captain, resulting in the captain trying to take down the suspect. The group then converges on Captin Koch, essentially in a manner that can only be described as dog-piling.
One individual present can be seen warding off the group and shoving those attempting to pile onto the officer. It is unknown whether the person assisting was an officer in plain clothes, or just a demonstrator assisting the Captain Koch.
While the scuffle in question did not result in any grievous injury of any sort, one arrest was commenced seemingly in relation to the incident that played out.
— Briana Harper (@BriHarperTV) June 8, 2020
Police were said to have arrested 27-year-old James Marciano and charged the suspect with assault on a government official, as well as disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Police getting attacked on camera is unfortunately becoming more commonplace as of late.
In New York City, a video has surfaced online that showcases a police officer, said to be among the Bronx area, getting attacked by three individuals. The officer was on the ground, while people were filming and screaming expletives at the officer being assaulted.
The hatred being shown toward police now is getting far beyond out of hand, as the blatant violence is continuing to rise seemingly with every instance and encounter.
This video, that was shared by the Sergeants Benevolent Association online, is just another example of what officers in major cities are actively dealing with during these “peaceful” protests.
NYPD Cop attacked in the Bronx. I guess the critics will now say he overreacted. NYPD Cops defend yourselves, you are alone! pic.twitter.com/424w5bZbC6
— SBA (@SBANYPD) June 2, 2020
The video shows what looks to be one person holding the officer down, while someone runs up with some unidentifiable large object and hurls it at the grounded officer. That assailant then runs off on foot, but the person whom the officer was engaged with is still holding him to the ground.
Then, another individual quickly runs up to where the officer is on the ground, and retrieves the same said item thrown earlier at him and slams it down on the officer.
During the assault, you can hear the likes of “fuck 12” being shouted. The 12 is in reference to the police drag unit, but is typically interchangeable with expression like the more widely known “fuck the police”. The anti-police sentiments have been clearly made, and it seems the only thing the mainstream media can be outraged about is President Donald Trump holding a bible.
The riots and looting taking over New York City has also caught the attention of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is now criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio for not having increased the police presence within the city:
“I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I think he underestimates the duration of the problem.”
Apparently, Mayor de Blasio thinks that the peaceful protesters were doing a bang up job when they “rejected” the rioters from participating among their demonstrations:
“There were peaceful protesters who rejected the violent elements and forced them out of protests. There were elected officials and clergy who said to people, ‘If you’re going to protest in our community it must be peaceful. If you attempt any violence, we will reject you.’ That ultimately is the big story here.”
Obviously, it’s not as though the violent criminals just went home when they were ousted from joining the peaceful demonstrations. They simply decided to go and engage in their crimes wherever they pleased – as evidenced by numerous videos of incidents cropping up.
NYPD officer injured on Madison Avenue tonight. pic.twitter.com/ZBrSu9eKCV
— Bryan Llenas (@BryanLlenas) June 2, 2020
Another aspect, compliments of de Blasio, that didn’t help was the extremely late curfew enacted. While many states and cities have been seeing 8:00 p.m. curfews go into effect , the mayor thought that an 11:00 p.m. curfew would be just fine.
BREAKING NEWS: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio today announced a citywide curfew in New York City will take effect beginning at 11 PM tonight and will be lifted at 5 AM tomorrow morning. https://t.co/Uu26euffyH pic.twitter.com/pwmHfvcBUP
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) June 1, 2020
It wasn’t the mayor received enormous pushback on his original curfew that he amended it to begin at 8:00 p.m. on June 2nd.
These protests have power and meaning. But as the night wears on we are seeing groups use them to incite violence and destroy property.
Our first priority is keeping people safe, so I’m extending the curfew to Tuesday. It will begin at 8pm.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 2, 2020
Several videos showed the chaos that played out on the evening of June 1st, with one instancing of looting being caught by police where they can be seen taking an individual into custody.
NYPD officers arrest a looter who was vandalizing a store while other rioters wait outside. Dangerous situation here. pic.twitter.com/O6EncYfh5M
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 2, 2020
In other video, you can see the decimated state of a Verizon store located on East 43rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The interiors look to have been completely looted of any product located on the shelves. The glass windows shattered to pieces all over as well.
More shops hit on Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan NYC. pic.twitter.com/H7DAzsoJb3
— Bryan Llenas (@BryanLlenas) June 2, 2020
People online have been highly critical of the worsening situation in New York City, and also the double standard that has been showcased in relation to how the mayor approached COVID-19 versus these current demonstrations.
So @BilldeBlasio and @NYGovCuomo Kept New York city on lockdown for two months, didn’t let people go to work didn’t let people see their families but now when people want to riot and destroy their city they won’t even call in the National Guard. this is why [email protected]
— Mully (@amulligan81) June 2, 2020
And just like that, COVID was no longer a thing being enforced it seems, and riots are taking over the city. So much for de Blasio’s harsh stance about cracking down on large gatherings.
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