LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office has reported they have charged four people in connection with the murder of an off-duty Los Angeles Police officer.
Investigators have not released any of the suspect’s names.
— Sal LaBarbera (@Sal_LaBarbera) January 12, 2022
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced that four of the five people they detained hours after the shooting occurred are allegedly involved in the death of Los Angeles Police Officer Fernando Arroyos.
Those four have been taken into custody, but he has yet to release the specific charges levied against them or their names. Villanueva said:
“We’ll have more information later on what we can confirm, what individuals were arrested for, and other details, but we can’t comment further on the case right now because we’re still in the middle of investigating.”
Arroyos’ mother, Claudia Membreno, spoke about the tremendous loss she feels now that Arroyos, her only son, was murdered. She said:
“I love him too much, he’s my son, he’s my baby, he’s only one son. I don’t have a grandson who can say, ‘Grandma I love you,’ anymore. My heart is just broken because he’s only one son. And my mom just passed away one month ago.”
Membreno believes that Arroyos was shot and killed over a gold chain he was wearing. CBSLA asked Membreno what she would say to the people who are responsible for her son’s death over the jewelry:
“The first thing I would say, ‘Why?’ Because it was only for the robbery of one chain? That chain is $200. For $200, you take the life of my son? I know I have my dad and my husband but it’s different because that is my little baby.”
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The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office reported that Arroyos and his girlfriend were house hunting when they were approached by three men in a black truck. The three men exited the truck and at least one of them was armed with a gun.
Arroyos yelled for his girlfriend to run as he stayed behind and argued with the three suspects. At some point, at least one of the three suspects fired on Arroyos who was able to return fire with his department-issued gun.
The three suspects fled the scene as Arroyos lay dying on the sidewalk. Deputies responded and provided first aid until medics could transport him to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Shortly after the shooting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office took five people into custody for questioning about their alleged involvement in the murder.
At least one of them had a gunshot wound to his leg that is believed to be from when Arroyos returned fire.
NEW: The LA County Sheriff's Department says they've made 4 arrests in the killing of LAPD Officer Fernando Arroyos, who was off-duty and house hunting with his girlfriend when he was shot. https://t.co/aijFnWpSWz
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) January 13, 2022
The Los Angeles Police Department Protective League released a statement on the death of the officer:
“This is an unfathomable loss for Fernando’s family, friends, coworkers, and Academy classmates. Now is the time to pray for Fernando’s family and his girlfriend and to keep the officers who worked daily alongside Fernando in our thoughts.”
Arroyos was a three-year member of the Los Angeles Police Department who was assigned to the Olympic Division. His girlfriend was not injured during the robbery.
The suspect shot the car owner twice in the back, killing him. Sadly, the victim was an off-duty Cleveland police officer who worked in the city’s 5th District on the northeast side of Cleveland. He’s been identified by the PD as 25-year-old Shane Bartek.
The suspect shot him as she attempted to rob his vehicle. After the shooting, the gunman fled the scene in the officer’s vehicle.
The cop was taken to Fairview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The officer’s slaying was confirmed by both Cleveland Police Union president Jeff Follmer and incoming police chief Wayne Drummond.
Police were able to locate the vehicle in Euclid, where they took a suspect into custody.
A few hours later, a woman was also arrested in connection with the murder.
The officer has since been identified as Shane Bartek.
According to a release from CPD:
“On December 31, 2021, at approximately 6pm, an Aggravated Robbery Motor Vehicle incident occurred at 4320 Rocky River Drive in which a 25-year-old off-duty Cleveland Police Officer was shot and killed.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a suspect approached the victim in the parking lot of the apartment building with a gun, a struggle ensued, and the victim was shot twice by the suspect.
The suspect then fled in the victim’s vehicle. The victim was conveyed to Fairview Hospital by Cleveland EMS where he was pronounced deceased.
Following a multi-jurisdictional police pursuit, the victim’s vehicle was recovered, and a male was taken into custody. Further investigation has resulted in the arrest of additional suspects including a female.
Search warrants have been executed in connection with this investigation. Suburban law enforcement agencies are also pursuing additional felony charges.
This matter remains under investigation. Charges have not yet been filed. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
“My heart is aching for the family, for our officers. Senseless. It just doesn’t make any sense,” said Drummond.
Bartek joined the Cleveland Police Department in August of 2019.
“We are devastated by this news and are asking for prayers,” said Follmer.
Incoming mayor Justin Bibb echoed the sentiments from Drummond and Follmer.
“This evening is about the family of this slain officer that we lost today. I just ask the residents of Cleveland to keep the family in their prayers. Let’s all stay vigilant this evening. Stay safe and healthy. I also want to thank all members of law enforcement who supported us this evening.”
An 18-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of aggravated murder, while the suspect arrested with Bartek’s car is being held for allegedly receiving stolen property.
This investigation is ongoing. Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Bartek and the entire Cleveland, Ohio law enforcement community.
Sadly, being off duty does not remove the threats that officers face.
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