Manhunt underway after two auxiliary police officers ambushed, shot while sitting in their personal vehicle

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LORAIN, OH- According to reports, the Lorain Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect who allegedly drove by and fired shots into a car, hitting two auxiliary officers.

Just after 2 a.m. on September 5th, two Lorain Police Auxiliary Officers, in full uniform and in their personal vehicle, were on their way home after working a support patrol shift. 

As they were driving in the 1600 block of E. 34th St, they noticed a vehicle aggressively tailgating their car. After pulling over to the side of the road to let the car pass, the tailgating vehicle pulled alongside their car and someone from inside the vehicle fired several rounds at the officer’s personal vehicle.

According to authorities, the driver, 20-year-old Officer Michael Mizen was shot in the finger and the passenger, 20-year-old Officer William Mott was shot in the forehead.

The suspect vehicle, which has been described as “newer” and “dark colored, sped off immediately after firing off the rounds. Officer Mizen was treated for the injury to his finger and released from Mercy Hospital.

Officer Mott was treated for a non-life threatening injury to his head and he was also released from Mercy Hospital. Both officers were released from the hospital just a few hours after the incident. Sgt. Jacob Morris told FOX 8 in a statement:

“We’re very fortunate that nobody did lose their life or we’re fortunate that nobody was, you know, injured to the point where they’re permanently disabled.”

Morris added:

“Any help that we can get is obviously much appreciated. Really, it’s helping the city. No matter what the situation is, whether it was somebody who was targeting law enforcement officers or whether it was somebody who was randomly committing acts of violence. Either way, there’s not a good scenario. There’s not a justifiable scenario here.”

He continued:

“This is somebody who clearly has very little regard for human life and is either impulsive or vindictive to the point where they’re a danger to society.”

The Lorain Police Detective Bureaus responded to the scene of the shooting and the incident remains under investigation. Authorities are encouraging anyone with information about the incident to call the Lorain Police Department Detective Bureau at 440-204-2105.

In a separate incident in San Antonio, Texas, one person was killed and two others hospitalized after gunfire rang out in the evening of September 5th.

Authorities have yet to identify the victims, but did say the individual who died appeared to be in their high-teens or early-2os. As of this writing, it is unclear if a suspect has been arrested. One injured victim was shot in the torso and is in critical condition. The other victim was shot in the hand.

The victims reportedly pulled up to nearby police in a vehicle, saying they had been shot, but the circumstances of the violence still remain unclear.

San Antonio Police said they received several shots fired calls on the afternoon of September 5th. Police have not yet confirmed if the shooting incidents are related as both remain under investigation. 

In another incident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a 31-year-old man who pointed a gun at police early in the morning on September 3rd, is dead after two separate carjackings and a short car pursuit in Franklin.

The suspect has since been identified as 31-year-old David Marshall. A news release from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began early morning on September 3rd when the suspect kidnapped kidnapped a male victim near the 1700 block of South 26th St.

After the kidnapping, the suspect drove the victim to three stores along South 27th St. in Milwaukee and Franklin where the victim told store personnel that he had been kidnapped. 

At one of the stores, someone reported to police that there was an active shooter. Officers responded to the scene and it is believed that as officers closed int, the suspect abandoned the vehicle he was driving and stole a second car.

The suspect led police on a car case southbound on Interstate 94. After exiting the highway, the suspect crashed into a business parking lot and stole another vehicle at gunpoint. He then continued and struck another car at 27th and Sycamore Street. After that crash, he came out of the vehicle with a firearm. The news released said:

“He was engaged by four deputies, one Franklin officer and four Oak Creek officers and was fatally shot.”

Per departmental policies, all deputies and officers are on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation. 

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FBI: Suspected gunman in Texas shooting may have been “inspired” by foreign terrorist organization

September 1st, 2021

GARLAND, TX- According to authorities, the suspected gunman in two separate shootings that killed a Lyft driver in Garland and targeted people inside the Plano Police Department has died.

During a joint press conference with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Garland and Plano Police Departments, an FBI official stated that the gunman, 32-year-old Imran Ali Rasheed “may have been inspired by a foreign terrorist organization to commit these crimes.”

Police investigators and the FBI are working to determine if the attack, which took place on Sunday, August 29th, should be classified as an “act of terrorism.”

Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew De Sarno explained that “inspired” by an organization does not mean that the individual was directed by an “outside” group, adding:

“What inspired means is we’ve not found indication that Rasheed was either directed by or in contact with foreign terrorist organization actors. We believe, at this point, that he was inspired by rhetoric or propaganda by foreign terrorist organizations.”

De Sarno said investigators believe Rasheed acted alone, but that the 32-year-old left a letter indicating he may have been “inspired” by a foreign terrorist organization. 

He did not offer more specifics on the letter and declined to identify the group.

ABC News reported that police said Rasheed ordered a Lyft in his home city of Garland on Sunday, August 29th and then fatally shot the driver, Isabella Lewis. 

Her stolen car was found a short time later outside the police station in the neighboring community of Plano, where Rasheed began shooting in the lobby before being shot by officers. 

He reportedly initially went into the lobby telling the civilian police employee that there was a man outside in the parking lot acting weird.

As the employee called for police to respond, Rasheed is accused of returning to the lobby with a mask on, a semi-automatic pistol and opening fire.

Authorities said there was no known connection between Lewis and Rasheed and it is unclear why he went to the Plano Police Department. The city’s police chief, Ed Drain said:

“We have no idea why he came to Plano to find police officers.”

De Sarno said Rasheed was the subject of a counterterrorism investigation from 2010 to 2013 when the case was closed after agents determine Rasheed did not currently pose a threat.

On Facebook, Allen West, a candidate for the Governor of Texas, wrote:

“It did not take long after the embarrassing withdrawal from Afghanistan for a return of Islamic jihadist attacks in America. However, this was a little close to home, meaning where I live, Garland, Texas.”

He added:

“… Rasheed had previously been under investigation for supporting Islamic terrorism. I wonder if the letter he left will be release?

Joe Biden – just like Barack Obama – has reignited the dangerous fire of Islamic fundamentalism and it will have dire consequences for us here in Texas where we have a very active jihadist community in North, Texas and a wide open border.”

De Sarno would not say if Rasheed’s home had been searched or if police found additional weapons on Rasheed or in the vehicle. Rasheed died of his injuries at a hospital.

The officer-involved shooting is being investigated in cooperation with the Collin County District Attorney’s Office. The FBI is asking anyone with relevant information about Rasheed or the deadly incident to submit at tips.fbi.gov or by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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Trump accuses Biden of airlifting terrorists out of Afghanistan to other countries, leaving behind Americans

August 30th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Former President Donald Trump slammed President Biden for his handling of Afghanistan and said the administration may be airlifting thousands of terrorists out of the country to places around the world.

In a statement issued by Trump on August 24, he said that his successor surrendered Afghanistan and left Americans for dead:

“Biden surrendered Afghanistan to terrorists and left thousands of Americans for dead by pulling out the military before our citizens.”

Biden has been criticized for pulling U.S. military forces out of the country before completing evacuations of civilians and the removal or destruction of U.S. equipment and weapons.

Thousands of American citizens, Afghans who aided the NATO allies, and other foreign citizens have been trapped in the country since the Taliban seized power earlier this month.

The U.S. has been airlifting citizens and Afghans who have been approved out of the country. Tens of thousands of Afghans are expected to settle inside the United States, some without completing the immigration process normally required for amnesty or other authorizations.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said that he had been informed that as many as 10,000 refugees would be coming to Fort Bliss in El Paso under special visas:

“My prayers at this point [are] we aren’t too late to get them out of the country,” Cornyn told local reporters, saying that the sprawling military complex was large enough for everyone.

“Fort Bliss is a big place. The (commander) briefed me this morning and said they have more than enough space to accommodate the Afghan refugees. My hope is that we can get those people out of Afghanistan that we’ve worked with these past 20 years because if we can’t, many of them will simply be killed along with their families.”

The State Department has approved 34,500 special immigration visas for Afghan citizens who assisted the U.S. during the long war.

In his statement, Trump said he was concerned about which Afghans made it on the evacuation flights:

“Now we are learning that out of the 26,000 people who have been evacuated, only 4,000 are Americans. You can be sure, the Taliban, who are now in complete control, didn’t allow the best and brightest to board these evacuation flights.

“Instead, we can only imagine how many thousands of terrorists have been airlifted out of Afghanistan and into neighborhoods around the world. What a terrible failure. NO VETTING. How many terrorists will Joe Biden bring to America? We don’t know!”

Congressman Mike Waltz, a former Green Beret and a veteran of the Afghanistan war, introduced a resolution in Congress condemning President Biden’s handling of Afghanistan. In a release, the congressman said:

“President Biden has embarrassed the United States on the world stage and created the worst foreign policy blunder in our modern history.

Rather than heeding the advice of military leaders and lawmakers, President Biden created a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan that he alone owns – all for the sake of seeking a headline that he would withdraw our troops prior to the 20th anniversary of September 11th.

“Now, we will have shamefully given away the freedoms of Afghans, our military equipment and infrastructure, and countless other resources to the hands of Taliban terrorists because of the

“Additionally, it is growing more likely by the day we will have broken our promise to thousands of Afghan allies who stood should-to-shoulder with our troops on the battlefield that have now been handed a death sentence for our failure to safely evacuate them in a timely fashion.

The intelligence community had made clear Al Qaeda 3.0 will come roaring back as the Taliban have made no indication they have cut ties with the perpetrators of September 11th.”

After listing what is termed the “failures” of the President, the resolution goes on to make two demands:

  • “(Congress) calls on the President to conduct a multi6 agency accounting of United States military equipment and other resources left behind in Afghanistan, now in the hands of the Taliban or other groups, and immediately present a clear plan to Congress of how he intends to fill the intelligence gaps created by this chaotic withdrawal.” 
  • “(Congress) calls on the President to commit to maintaining the evacuation operation as long as necessary to safely evacuate any United States citizen, lawful permanent resident, and Afghan partner that requests evacuation assistance and to utilize all United States military resources to ensure access to Hamid Karzai International Airport remains open and unobstructed.”

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Trump shred Biden on Afghanistan – says you save Americans, take your equipment then bomb the bases

August 22, 2021

UNITED STATES- On Thursday, August 19th, former President Donald Trump explained in a statement the correct way President Joe Biden should have conducted the Afghan withdrawal – and it starts with getting Americans out first.

Trump’s statement said:

“First you bring out all of the American citizens. Then you bring out ALL equipment. Then you bomb the bases to smithereens. AND THEN YOU BRING OUT THE MILITARY.”

He added:

“You don’t do it in reverse order like Biden and our woke Generals did. No chaos, no death — they wouldn’t even know we left!”

Trump’s critique of Biden’s withdrawal underscores the unknown amount of Americans still trapped in the collapsed country since Sunday, August 15th.

Reportedly, estimates have ranged from 10,000 to 40,000, with the Associated Press (AP) reporting on Thursday, August 19th, that 15,000 Americans are stranded.

The United States has evacuated only about 2,000 Americans since the 15th and Russia has since offered to evacuate Afghans.

The AP also reported that the Taliban have erected “checkpoints and curfews” that have limited the number of Americans and Afghans able to enter the airport.

The State Department has asked Americans to travel to the airport to be extracted, however, the U.S. military stated that they cannot guarantee Americans will be safe doing so. On Wednesday, August 17th, the U.S. embassy in Kabul announced a “first come, first serve basis” for flights out of the country. The statement said:

“Please be advised that a significant number of individuals have registered and space on these flights is available on a first come, first serve basis. You may be required to wait at the airport for a significant amount of time until space is available.”

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that nearly 4,500 American troops are protecting the airport while the State Department evacuates those trapped amid the chaos and increased brutalization by the Taliban within the country.

On Thursday, August 19th, the New York Times reported that Taliban terrorists are “intensifying” their searches for individuals “they believe worked with U.S. and NATO forces,” including among the crowds of Afghans at Kabul’s airport.

The Taliban has said it will “kill or arrest their family members if they cannot find them.” A Washington Post columnist tweeted that Biden left so much military equipment behind in the country that he practically gave the Taliban an air force. 

Reportedly, from 2003-2019, the American taxpayer sent the following to Afghanistan:

75,898 vehicles;
599,690 weapons;
162,643 pieces of communications equipment;
208 aircrafts;
6,191 pieces of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment;
7,035 machine guns;
4,702 Humvees;
20,040 hand grenades;
2,520 bombs; and
1,394 grenade launchers

The Hill reported that as of June 30, 2021, Afghanistan had “211 U.S.-supplied aircrafts in their inventory.” Among those aircrafts seized by the Taliban are Black Hawk helicopters and A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft.

Over the last two decades, the United States has spent an estimated $83 billion training and equipping Afghan security forces. It is unclear exactly how many weapons have fallen into the hands of the Taliban, but the Biden administration has acknowledged it’s a “fair amount.”

On Wednesday, August 18th, more than two dozen Republican senators demanded a “full accounting” of U.S. military equipment given to Afghan forces over the past 12 months, what’s been seized by the Taliban and what plans there are to either recapture or destroy the equipment.

The 25 senators, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin:

“As we watched the images coming out of Afghanistan as the Taliban retook the country, we were horrified to see U.S. equipment, including UH-60 Black Hawks, in the hands of the Taliban.”

They added:

“It is unconscionable that high-tech military equipment paid for by U.S. taxpayers has fallen into the hands of the Taliban and their terrorist allies. Securing U.S. assets should have been among the top priorities for the U.S. Department of Defense prior to announcing the withdrawal from Afghanistan.”

 

 

 

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