2 Los Angeles deputies in serious condition after deadly shooting

Posted on: September 20th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

KABC(LOS ANGELES) — A pair of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were injured in a fatal shootout on Wednesday after responding to a call about a man with a deadly weapon, authorities said.

The deputies were responding to a scene near a park in East Los Angeles around 6:30 p.m. when three suspects opened fire as the officers approached them, according to police. At least one of the deputies managed to fire back and one of the suspects were killed.

“They approached the vehicle, and the suspects inside the vehicle got out and engaged them with gunfire,” L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said during a Wednesday press conference. “Both our deputies were hit. They went down and additional units responded and also, I believe, engaged the suspects.”

McDonnell said the officers were shot in the upper body area and were transported to a trauma center in serious but stable condition.

He would not disclose their identities, but McDonnell said the deputies were in their early 30s and “very season,” with more than 10 years of experience.

Police have not disclosed details about the suspects other than confirming one was killed at the scene, one was wounded and hospitalized and the third was arrested.

The department said it planned to conduct a “long and exhaustive” investigation over the next few days and is asking anyone with knowledge about the shootout to come forward.

“We really need your help. If people do not come forward, then it empowers people who are willing to do these kinds of acts of senseless violence,” McDonnell said. “We need to take a stand as residents of Los Angeles County [to show] that we won’t tolerate this.”

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2 Los Angeles deputies in serious condition after deadly shooting

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KABC(LOS ANGELES) — A pair of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were injured in a fatal shootout on Wednesday after responding to a call about a man with a deadly weapon, authorities said.

The deputies were responding to a scene near a park in East Los Angeles around 6:30 p.m. when three suspects opened fire as the officers approached them, according to police. At least one of the deputies managed to fire back and one of the suspects were killed.

“They approached the vehicle, and the suspects inside the vehicle got out and engaged them with gunfire,” L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said during a Wednesday press conference. “Both our deputies were hit. They went down and additional units responded and also, I believe, engaged the suspects.”

McDonnell said the officers were shot in the upper body area and were transported to a trauma center in serious but stable condition.

He would not disclose their identities, but McDonnell said the deputies were in their early 30s and “very season,” with more than 10 years of experience.

Police have not disclosed details about the suspects other than confirming one was killed at the scene, one was wounded and hospitalized and the third was arrested.

The department said it planned to conduct a “long and exhaustive” investigation over the next few days and is asking anyone with knowledge about the shootout to come forward.

“We really need your help. If people do not come forward, then it empowers people who are willing to do these kinds of acts of senseless violence,” McDonnell said. “We need to take a stand as residents of Los Angeles County [to show] that we won’t tolerate this.”

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DC jogger stabbed to death in apparent ‘random’ attack, police say

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A desperate search is underway in the nation’s capital after a woman was stabbed to death while jogging in a trendy neighborhood just a few miles from the White House.

Wendy Karina Martinez, 35, stumbled into a Chinese restaurant in Washington D.C.’s Logan Circle on Tuesday night, suffering from multiple stab wounds to the neck, police said. Martinez tried to alert customers to her attacker, but the suspect had already fled the scene, witnesses said.

She was transported to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries, police said.

“They tried to provide medical assistance to her. Unfortunately, she was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said Wednesday. “It is more likely a random act than anything else, but we’re going to look at all possibilities.”

“It’s horrible to see something like this happen in the city,” he added, describing the area as a “very safe neighborhood.”

Martinez was an “avid runner” and worked for a local software company, according to her family. She and her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie, were engaged last week.

“We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy. Wendy Karina Martinez was the light of our lives,” her mother, Cora Martinez, wrote in a statement. “Not only was she an avid runner, but she was a devout Christian, a wonderful friend, and a driven professional. Everything you hope that a daughter and a friend could be.”

FiscalNote, where Wendy Martinez served as chief of staff, tweeted its condolences to her family on Wednesday.

“The entire FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was killed last night,” the company wrote. “Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy’s family and friends.”

The Metropolitan Police Department released surveillance footage of a suspect that showed a man wearing a long-sleeved mustard-colored shirt, flip flops and white socks.

It is offering up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest.

“We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve the passing of her beautiful soul and inform her friends and family of this terrible news,” the victim’s mother said in her statement. “We also want to encourage the community to please contact the police with any information that may lead to finding justice for Wendy.”

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DC jogger stabbed to death in apparent ‘random’ attack, police say

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A desperate search is underway in the nation’s capital after a woman was stabbed to death while jogging in a trendy neighborhood just a few miles from the White House.

Wendy Karina Martinez, 35, stumbled into a Chinese restaurant in Washington D.C.’s Logan Circle on Tuesday night, suffering from multiple stab wounds to the neck, police said. Martinez tried to alert customers to her attacker, but the suspect had already fled the scene, witnesses said.

She was transported to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries, police said.

“They tried to provide medical assistance to her. Unfortunately, she was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said Wednesday. “It is more likely a random act than anything else, but we’re going to look at all possibilities.”

“It’s horrible to see something like this happen in the city,” he added, describing the area as a “very safe neighborhood.”

Martinez was an “avid runner” and worked for a local software company, according to her family. She and her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie, were engaged last week.

“We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy. Wendy Karina Martinez was the light of our lives,” her mother, Cora Martinez, wrote in a statement. “Not only was she an avid runner, but she was a devout Christian, a wonderful friend, and a driven professional. Everything you hope that a daughter and a friend could be.”

FiscalNote, where Wendy Martinez served as chief of staff, tweeted its condolences to her family on Wednesday.

“The entire FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was killed last night,” the company wrote. “Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy’s family and friends.”

The Metropolitan Police Department released surveillance footage of a suspect that showed a man wearing a long-sleeved mustard-colored shirt, flip flops and white socks.

It is offering up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest.

“We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve the passing of her beautiful soul and inform her friends and family of this terrible news,” the victim’s mother said in her statement. “We also want to encourage the community to please contact the police with any information that may lead to finding justice for Wendy.”

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A year later, Puerto Rico still recovering from Hurricane Maria

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — For over 16 hours on Sept. 20, 2017, an island of more than 3 million people was battered by the Category 4-hurricane-force winds and rain of Maria.

The toll taken on Puerto Rico became evident immediately: total destruction of an electrical grid and telecommunication services, and an economic cost of nearly $140 billion.

But it was the human toll that took the longest to grasp.

“I said we all have some sort of PTSD. It’s a trauma. It’s not, it’s not a shock, it’s a trauma,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told ABC News on Wednesday.

Death by heart attack, flying debris, suicide — those were among the earliest causes after the storm.

Outflows of information became close to impossible in the days after the storm, yet anecdotes of those who died reverberated across the island.

A month after Maria, the government reported the death toll at 51, acknowledging that there had been more than 900 cremations on the island after Maria.

The following months saw a flurry of academic and journalistic reporting that showed the death toll was in the thousands.

Nearly 11 months after the storm, an independent study from George Washington University reported that an estimated 2,975 had died after Maria.

The report’s findings were accepted by the Puerto Rican government, which revised its death toll from the storm up from 64. The report was criticized by President Donald Trump, who on Wednesday said that Hurricane Florence was “one of the wettest we’ve ever seen from the standpoint of water” and who tweeted after the independent report on Puerto Rico was released, “3000 people did not die,” based on no evidence whatsoever.

“When I left the Island,” Trump’s tweet continued, “AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.” The president added, “This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”

Cruz, who has sparred with the president over the federal government’s response to the storm, called his remarks “unhinged,” adding, “He has a total lack of touch with reality. … What did he think he was going to gain by continuing to politicize this? You know this is not about the president.”

More than 130 lawmakers sent a letter to Trump a day before the anniversary of the storm’s landfall, calling his comments “grossly inaccurate, callous, embarrassing and beneath the dignity of the Office of the President of the United States.” The lawmakers added: “You sought to distort the truth and, in doing so, gravely insulted the mourning families of the thousands of American citizens who died from Maria and the storm’s aftermath.”

Following the president’s tweets, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said, “The victims in Puerto Rico, and the people of Puerto Rico, do not deserve that their pain is questioned.”

“This is not a moment to fight, or to make political noise, or to use this to benefit one side or another,” Rossello added. “This is a moment to remember all those that lost their lives. It is a moment to recognize their pain and sacrifice that all have made for the recovery efforts.”

In a statement referring to its study of the death toll after the storm, George Washington University said: “We stand by the science underlying our study, which found there were an estimated 2,975 excess deaths in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria,” adding, “This study, commissioned by the Government of Puerto Rico, was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference.”

“The duty that every government has is doing the simplest task to make sure that people live,” said Cruz, thinking back to the president’s October trip to Puerto Rico. “When I met him, I shook his hand and said, ‘This is not about politics sir. It’s about saving lives.'”

The anniversary of the storm will be marked throughout the island with ceremonies to remember the death and to celebrate those who survived. The main commemoration will take place this afternoon in San Juan.

Today “will be a day of reckoning, a day of understanding, a day of sorrow,” Cruz said. “But it will also, I think, I hope, it will be the beginning of starting anew.”

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A year later, Puerto Rico still recovering from Hurricane Maria

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — For over 16 hours on Sept. 20, 2017, an island of more than 3 million people was battered by the Category 4-hurricane-force winds and rain of Maria.

The toll taken on Puerto Rico became evident immediately: total destruction of an electrical grid and telecommunication services, and an economic cost of nearly $140 billion.

But it was the human toll that took the longest to grasp.

“I said we all have some sort of PTSD. It’s a trauma. It’s not, it’s not a shock, it’s a trauma,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told ABC News on Wednesday.

Death by heart attack, flying debris, suicide — those were among the earliest causes after the storm.

Outflows of information became close to impossible in the days after the storm, yet anecdotes of those who died reverberated across the island.

A month after Maria, the government reported the death toll at 51, acknowledging that there had been more than 900 cremations on the island after Maria.

The following months saw a flurry of academic and journalistic reporting that showed the death toll was in the thousands.

Nearly 11 months after the storm, an independent study from George Washington University reported that an estimated 2,975 had died after Maria.

The report’s findings were accepted by the Puerto Rican government, which revised its death toll from the storm up from 64. The report was criticized by President Donald Trump, who on Wednesday said that Hurricane Florence was “one of the wettest we’ve ever seen from the standpoint of water” and who tweeted after the independent report on Puerto Rico was released, “3000 people did not die,” based on no evidence whatsoever.

“When I left the Island,” Trump’s tweet continued, “AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.” The president added, “This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”

Cruz, who has sparred with the president over the federal government’s response to the storm, called his remarks “unhinged,” adding, “He has a total lack of touch with reality. … What did he think he was going to gain by continuing to politicize this? You know this is not about the president.”

More than 130 lawmakers sent a letter to Trump a day before the anniversary of the storm’s landfall, calling his comments “grossly inaccurate, callous, embarrassing and beneath the dignity of the Office of the President of the United States.” The lawmakers added: “You sought to distort the truth and, in doing so, gravely insulted the mourning families of the thousands of American citizens who died from Maria and the storm’s aftermath.”

Following the president’s tweets, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said, “The victims in Puerto Rico, and the people of Puerto Rico, do not deserve that their pain is questioned.”

“This is not a moment to fight, or to make political noise, or to use this to benefit one side or another,” Rossello added. “This is a moment to remember all those that lost their lives. It is a moment to recognize their pain and sacrifice that all have made for the recovery efforts.”

In a statement referring to its study of the death toll after the storm, George Washington University said: “We stand by the science underlying our study, which found there were an estimated 2,975 excess deaths in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria,” adding, “This study, commissioned by the Government of Puerto Rico, was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference.”

“The duty that every government has is doing the simplest task to make sure that people live,” said Cruz, thinking back to the president’s October trip to Puerto Rico. “When I met him, I shook his hand and said, ‘This is not about politics sir. It’s about saving lives.'”

The anniversary of the storm will be marked throughout the island with ceremonies to remember the death and to celebrate those who survived. The main commemoration will take place this afternoon in San Juan.

Today “will be a day of reckoning, a day of understanding, a day of sorrow,” Cruz said. “But it will also, I think, I hope, it will be the beginning of starting anew.”

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Wisconsin woman wriggles out of handcuffs, escapes local jail, gets re-arrested: Police

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iStock/Thinkstock(WAUKESHA, Wisconsin) — A Wisconsin woman was caught on tape breaking out of her handcuffs and escaping from a local police station, authorities said.

Thirty-year-old Amber Gonzales was arrested last Friday at the Beaumont Hotel for theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers took Gonzales to a holding cell in the Waukesha Police Department, where surveillance video shows her alone in the holding cell on her cell phone, allegedly trying to coordinate bail and a ride home.

Video footage captures the 97-pound-woman wiggling and pulling her hand through the cuffs in less than a minute — despite police telling ABC News affiliate WFRV that they placed the handcuffs on the tightest setting.

The defendant stated in the complaint from the Clerk of Circuit Court Waukesha County reviewed by ABC News that she became anxious about going to jail and not seeing her children.

Once she freed herself, Gonzales proceeded to escape the holding cell and walk out of the building from an emergency exit.

She further explained in the complaint that she “took the keys from a door handle and used them to open the door and get outside.”

She then went to a gas station and met up with a truck driver — since identified as James W. Humbert, according to the complaint.

The pair went back to the same hotel where she was initially arrested and the truck driver then allegedly paid Gonzales for sex.

Humbert told police in the complaint that he had met Gonzales at a nearby Wendy’s location two weeks prior to the incident.

“He eventually admitted that he was going to the hotel to engage in prostitution with the defendant”, a law enforcement official noted in the complaint.

About an hour after her escape, police re-arrested her at the hotel on prostitution charges.

This time officers booked her at the Waukesha County Jail, where she was released Monday on bail.

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Wisconsin woman wriggles out of handcuffs, escapes local jail, gets re-arrested: Police

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iStock/Thinkstock(WAUKESHA, Wisconsin) — A Wisconsin woman was caught on tape breaking out of her handcuffs and escaping from a local police station, authorities said.

Thirty-year-old Amber Gonzales was arrested last Friday at the Beaumont Hotel for theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers took Gonzales to a holding cell in the Waukesha Police Department, where surveillance video shows her alone in the holding cell on her cell phone, allegedly trying to coordinate bail and a ride home.

Video footage captures the 97-pound-woman wiggling and pulling her hand through the cuffs in less than a minute — despite police telling ABC News affiliate WFRV that they placed the handcuffs on the tightest setting.

The defendant stated in the complaint from the Clerk of Circuit Court Waukesha County reviewed by ABC News that she became anxious about going to jail and not seeing her children.

Once she freed herself, Gonzales proceeded to escape the holding cell and walk out of the building from an emergency exit.

She further explained in the complaint that she “took the keys from a door handle and used them to open the door and get outside.”

She then went to a gas station and met up with a truck driver — since identified as James W. Humbert, according to the complaint.

The pair went back to the same hotel where she was initially arrested and the truck driver then allegedly paid Gonzales for sex.

Humbert told police in the complaint that he had met Gonzales at a nearby Wendy’s location two weeks prior to the incident.

“He eventually admitted that he was going to the hotel to engage in prostitution with the defendant”, a law enforcement official noted in the complaint.

About an hour after her escape, police re-arrested her at the hotel on prostitution charges.

This time officers booked her at the Waukesha County Jail, where she was released Monday on bail.

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Sheriff’s deputies transporting 2 mental health patients who drowned in flood waters put on leave, authorities say

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Google Maps(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Two South Carolina sheriff’s deputies who were transporting a pair of mental patients in a van that was overcome by flood waters — drowning the two women, who were chained in the back of the van — have been placed on administrative leave, authorities said on Wednesday.

Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson identified the deputies as Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop.

“We are sorry,” Thompson told ABC affiliate WPDE, moments after the bodies were recovered and with tears in his eyes. “We take a lot of pride in what we do. We work hard to protect and serve our citizens. We are just so very sorry this event has taken place.”

The bodies of Windy Newton, 45, of Shallotte, N.C. and Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach, were taken to Charleston, South Carolina, for an autopsy, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday, according to WPDE.

The women were being transported following involuntary commitments by a physician, according to the sheriff’s office. They were on Highway 76 in Conway, South Carolina, when the roadway was washed out, the released stated.

The deputies who were transporting the two women to a different facility in South Carolina were saved, local law enforcement officials told ABC News late Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office is “pleased” that the victims’ bodies were recovered, thanking all of the responding agencies for their efforts.

The deputies who were in the van tried to extricate the patients, but, due to rapidly rising floodwaters, were unable to open the van’s doors to reach the shackled women, according to a statement from County Sheriff Phillip Thompson. Rescue teams responded in time to save the deputies.

The coroner in neighboring Marion County confirmed the two deceased patients were female, and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, according to the statement.

“Tonight’s incident is a tragedy,” Thompson said in the statement. “Just like you, we have questions we want answered. We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event.”

The patients were being transported from Loris Hospital Waccamaw Center for Mental Health to McLeod Health, which runs multiple facilities in the region, according to WPDE.

The incident happened in the area of the Little Pee Dee River, which branches off from the Lumber River, in Mullins, South Carolina. The Lumber River overflowed its banks following the record rains dumped by Hurricane Florence.

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Sheriff’s deputies transporting 2 mental health patients who drowned in flood waters put on leave, authorities say

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Google Maps(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Two South Carolina sheriff’s deputies who were transporting a pair of mental patients in a van that was overcome by flood waters — drowning the two women, who were chained in the back of the van — have been placed on administrative leave, authorities said on Wednesday.

Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson identified the deputies as Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop.

“We are sorry,” Thompson told ABC affiliate WPDE, moments after the bodies were recovered and with tears in his eyes. “We take a lot of pride in what we do. We work hard to protect and serve our citizens. We are just so very sorry this event has taken place.”

The bodies of Windy Newton, 45, of Shallotte, N.C. and Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach, were taken to Charleston, South Carolina, for an autopsy, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday, according to WPDE.

The women were being transported following involuntary commitments by a physician, according to the sheriff’s office. They were on Highway 76 in Conway, South Carolina, when the roadway was washed out, the released stated.

The deputies who were transporting the two women to a different facility in South Carolina were saved, local law enforcement officials told ABC News late Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office is “pleased” that the victims’ bodies were recovered, thanking all of the responding agencies for their efforts.

The deputies who were in the van tried to extricate the patients, but, due to rapidly rising floodwaters, were unable to open the van’s doors to reach the shackled women, according to a statement from County Sheriff Phillip Thompson. Rescue teams responded in time to save the deputies.

The coroner in neighboring Marion County confirmed the two deceased patients were female, and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, according to the statement.

“Tonight’s incident is a tragedy,” Thompson said in the statement. “Just like you, we have questions we want answered. We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event.”

The patients were being transported from Loris Hospital Waccamaw Center for Mental Health to McLeod Health, which runs multiple facilities in the region, according to WPDE.

The incident happened in the area of the Little Pee Dee River, which branches off from the Lumber River, in Mullins, South Carolina. The Lumber River overflowed its banks following the record rains dumped by Hurricane Florence.

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Daycare owner dosed kids, tied them into car seats in dark rooms: Police

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Police discovered a horrifying scene at a daycare in Mesquite, Texas.

Great-grandmother, 73, kills 580-pound alligator with one shot, she says

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iStock/Thinkstock(GOODRICH, Texas) — A great-grandmother in Texas hit an alligator in the bullseye earlier this week, killing the massive reptile with one shot to its head, she told a local news station.

Livingston Mayor Judy Cochran believes the gator she found on her family ranch along the Trinity River in Goodrich, Texas, is responsible for her miniature horse who went missing three years ago, she told ABC Houston station KTRK-TV.

The gator likely ate the horse, which was about the size of a Labrador retriever, she said.

On Monday, Cochran shot the gator in the same pond where her grandson killed one in 2009, the Houston Chronicle reported. He was only 5 years old at the time, the Chronicle reported.

“One shot in the head and he went under,” Cochran said of her kill. “Typically, they’ll do a death roll and roll over and over and over, but this one didn’t.”

The alligator, which measured in a 12 feet and 580 pounds, was taken to a local taxidermist. Cochran plans to mount its head and tail in her office, make boots from its hide and eat the meat, she said.

Residents in Polk County are only permitted to kill alligators 20 days out of the year, according to KTRK-TV. The gator must be baited and caught before it’s killed, the station reported.

This year was full of firsts for Cochran, according to KTRK-TV. She was elected as mayor in May, became a great-grandmother for the first time earlier this month and can now call herself a killer of predators.

“Don’t mess with Nana,” she said.

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Gunman in courthouse shooting that injured 4 was scheduled for assault hearing, authorities say

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iStock/Thinkstock(MASONTOWN, Pa.) — The gunman who opened fire at a Pennsylvania courthouse Wednesday afternoon was scheduled for a hearing on assault charges he received weeks ago, according to authorities.

Four people were shot at the municipal building that houses the Fayette County Magistrate Court in Masontown, Pennsylvania, a spokesperson for the Fayette County Emergency Management told ABC News.

The gunman entered the lobby shortly after 2 p.m. and began shooting with a handgun, said Lt. Steven Dowlin, station commander of the Pennsylvania Police Department’s Troop B, which handles Fayette County.

Police officers from the Masontown Borough Police Department and German Township Police Department then entered the lobby, and Masontown Police Sgt. R. Scott Miller was shot after he engaged the gunman, Dowlin said.

After Miller took cover, the gunman continued into the building and shot two males and one female, said Fayette County District Attorney Rich Bower. At the time, several people were in the courtroom, including Fayette County Magisterial District Judge Daniel Shimshock, his staff, an assistant district attorney, several defense attorneys and multiple police officers, Bower said. But, the gunman never made it inside the room.

A German township police officer then shot the gunman multiple times, killing him, Dowlin said. He was pronounced dead at the scene but was not identified pending next of kin.

The suspect was scheduled for his hearing on charges of strangulation, aggravated assault and simple assault from an incident that occurred a few weeks ago, Bower said. He had an order of protection issued against him as a result of the strangulation charge, the district attorney added.

All four of the injured were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, Dowlin said. Miller is currently recovering in the hospital in good condition, Bower said.

More people would have been lost had it not been for the “rapid” response of the officers, Dowlin said.

Although Shimshock’s office is located in the building, neither he or any of his staff were targets of the shooting, Bower said. There were 30 to 40 cases scheduled for hearings that day, Bower said.

More than a dozen police officers surrounded the building in the aftermath of the shooting, aerial footage shot by ABC Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE-TV showed. The entrance of the building was cordoned off with yellow police tape, and the glass on the front door appeared to be broken.

A medical helicopter could be seen hovering nearby, waiting to airlift possible patients to the hospital.

A witness told WTAE-TV that a man opened fire on a woman running across the street.

Broadwater said the number of shootings in the areas are “getting out of hand,” referencing a mass shooting that occurred in January in Fayette County and a potential shooting at Uniontown High School that was thwarted.

A nearby school was placed on lockdown in the aftermath of the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.


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Great-grandmother, 73, kills 580-pound alligator with one shot, she says

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Livingston, Texas, Mayor Judy Cochran believes the alligator ate her miniature horse three years ago.

1 dead, 4 injured after shooting at Pennsylvania courthouse, officials say

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At least a dozen police officers surrounded the Fayette County district court in the aftermath of the shooting.

Owner of 3D-printed gun company accused of paying for underage sex

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An arrest warrant has been issued for the founder of a controversial 3D-printed gun company in connection to the sexual assault of a minor, Texas authorities say.

3 injured in Wisconsin workplace shooting; suspect dead

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The shooting took place in Middleton, about 6 miles outside of Madison.

3 injured in Wisconsin workplace shooting; suspect dead

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The shooting took place in Middleton, about 6 miles outside of Madison.

One dead, 4 injured after shooting at Pennsylvania courthouse, officials say

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iStock/Thinkstock(MASONTOWN, Pa.) — One person is dead and four injured after a shooting at a Pennsylvania courthouse, according to authorities.

Four people who were shot at the Fayette County Magistrate Court in Masontown, Pennsylvania, Wednesday afternoon were transported to the hospital, a spokesperson for the Fayette County Emergency Management told ABC News.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, the spokesperson said. It is unclear whether the gunman was among those shot.

More than a dozen police officers surrounded the building in the aftermath of the shooting, aerial footage shot by ABC Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE-TV showed. The entrance of the building was cordoned off with yellow police tape.

A medical helicopter could be seen hovering nearby, waiting to airlift possible patients to the hospital.

The investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Three shot, injured in Wisconsin workplace shooting; suspect in custody

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WKOW(MIDDLETON, Wisconsin) — Three people were shot and injured in a workplace shooting in Middleton, Wisc., on Wednesday morning, a city about 6 miles outside of Madison.

The suspect was shot by officers after the incident at WTS Paradigm, a software company, Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke said at a news conference.

The victims and suspect have been taken to area hospitals, police said.

Middleton police initially advised residents to lock their doors and stay inside. Police later declared that no other suspects are outstanding and the public is no longer in danger.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted, “We are closely following this situation. Our thanks go out to first responders on the scene.”

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3 injured in Wisconsin workplace shooting; suspect in custody

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The shooting was reported in Middleton, about 6 miles outside of Madison.

3 shot, injured in Wisconsin workplace shooting; suspect in custody

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The shooting was reported in Middleton, about 6 miles outside of Madison.

5 people hospitalized after Wisconsin shooting

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The shooting was reported about 6 miles outside of Madison.

5 people hospitalized after Wisconsin shooting

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The shooting was reported about 6 miles outside of Madison.

Active shooter reported in Middleton, Wisconsin, law enforcement responding

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WKOW(MIDDLETON, Wisconsin) — Local and federal authorities are responding to reports of an active shooter in Middleton, Wisconsin, about 6 miles outside of Madison.

Middleton Police are leading the investigation. A.T.F. agents from the Madison office are also responding.

Wis. Gov. Scott Walker tweeted, “We are closely following this situation. Our thanks go out to first responders on the scene.”

Middleton Police have advised residents to lock their doors and stay inside until further notice.

Madison College tweeted that emergency services are securing the scene and rendering aid.

“At this time we are still urging people to STAY AWAY from the area of West Campus,” the college said in a tweet.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.

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Active shooter reported in Middleton, Wisconsin, law enforcement responding

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WKOW(MIDDLETON, Wisconsin) — Local and federal authorities are responding to reports of an active shooter in Middleton, Wisconsin, about 6 miles outside of Madison.

Middleton Police are leading the investigation. A.T.F. agents from the Madison office are also responding.

Wis. Gov. Scott Walker tweeted, “We are closely following this situation. Our thanks go out to first responders on the scene.”

Middleton Police have advised residents to lock their doors and stay inside until further notice.

Madison College tweeted that emergency services are securing the scene and rendering aid.

“At this time we are still urging people to STAY AWAY from the area of West Campus,” the college said in a tweet.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.

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3D-printed gun firm owner accused of paying for underage sex

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Cody Wilson, owner of 3-D printed gun company, is now charged with sexual assault.

Postal worker pleads guilty to stealing money from over 6,000 greeting cards

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WISN(WAUWATOSA, Wisconsin) — A U.S. Postal worker who was recently terminated from her job has pleaded guilty to stealing cash and checks from over 6,000 greeting cards.

Ebony Lavonne Smith, 20, who had started working with USPS in early 2015 pleaded guilty on Sept. 12 to stealing mail — and the money within — between April 1, 2017 and Jan. 25, 2018.

Smith was assigned to deliver mail in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on March 28, 2017. A few months later, in August, USPS customers in her designated zip codes began complaining about not receiving greeting cards in the mail, according to Smith’s plea agreement.

Following an investigation where Smith was identified as the carrier who would be responsible for this mail, a USPS supervisor placed a blue envelope in a container meant for residents on Smith’s route. Within the envelope, there was a greeting card with a $20 bill inside, as well as a transmitter that would signal when the envelope was opened, the plea agreement said.

While under surveillance, the USPS supervisor also observed Smith looking through trays assigned to other delivery routes, removing greeting cards from them, and then placing them in her own tray. Soon after, Smith left to deliver the mail — including the blue envelope — along her route, the agreement said. When she arrived at the address written on the blue envelope, the transmitter activated, indicating that the envelope had been opened.

This is when investigating postal agents approached Smith, who was standing outside of her vehicle, and read Smith her rights. Then they located the envelope, which no longer had the $20 bill, and allowed Smith to retrieve the money from her purse. The serial number matched the one that they had planted in the blue envelope, the agreement said.

Postal authorities also found 31 other greeting cards inside a USPS satchel on the passenger side floor of Smith’s USPS vehicle, as well as 23 greeting cards and a Starbucks gift card from between the front seats, according to the agreement. Additionally, they found a roll of tape and letter openers in the driver’s side door.

Smith said that she began stealing the cash when she began her route in the Washington Highlands and that she would steal mail about one to two days per week in order to pay bills and take care of her four children, the agreement said.

In all, she said she began stealing an estimated $40 a week from customer’s mail, but that later on she began stealing $50 to $100 a week. She also admitted to using the tape to reseal some of the greeting cards that she opened.

Smith’s lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment from ABC News.

Smith was terminated earlier this year, according to Jeff Arney, assistant special agent in charge and public information officer for the Great Lakes Area Field Office of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

“The vast majority of U.S. Postal Service personnel are dedicated, hard-working public servants dedicated to moving mail to its proper destination, [and] who would never consider engaging in any form of criminal behavior,” Arney said in a statement. “This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated. When a postal employee betrays that trust of the American people, the special agents in the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, vigorously investigate these matters as we did in this instance and work with local, state and federal prosecutors to hold accountable those employees who violate that public trust.”

As for the cards, he told ABC News that the ones the agents found would be sent to their original recipients, and that anyone who wishes to claim something that was lost due to Smith can ask for restitution through the court process.

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Postal worker pleads guilty to stealing money from over 6,000 greeting cards

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WISN(WAUWATOSA, Wisconsin) — A U.S. Postal worker who was recently terminated from her job has pleaded guilty to stealing cash and checks from over 6,000 greeting cards.

Ebony Lavonne Smith, 20, who had started working with USPS in early 2015 pleaded guilty on Sept. 12 to stealing mail — and the money within — between April 1, 2017 and Jan. 25, 2018.

Smith was assigned to deliver mail in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on March 28, 2017. A few months later, in August, USPS customers in her designated zip codes began complaining about not receiving greeting cards in the mail, according to Smith’s plea agreement.

Following an investigation where Smith was identified as the carrier who would be responsible for this mail, a USPS supervisor placed a blue envelope in a container meant for residents on Smith’s route. Within the envelope, there was a greeting card with a $20 bill inside, as well as a transmitter that would signal when the envelope was opened, the plea agreement said.

While under surveillance, the USPS supervisor also observed Smith looking through trays assigned to other delivery routes, removing greeting cards from them, and then placing them in her own tray. Soon after, Smith left to deliver the mail — including the blue envelope — along her route, the agreement said. When she arrived at the address written on the blue envelope, the transmitter activated, indicating that the envelope had been opened.

This is when investigating postal agents approached Smith, who was standing outside of her vehicle, and read Smith her rights. Then they located the envelope, which no longer had the $20 bill, and allowed Smith to retrieve the money from her purse. The serial number matched the one that they had planted in the blue envelope, the agreement said.

Postal authorities also found 31 other greeting cards inside a USPS satchel on the passenger side floor of Smith’s USPS vehicle, as well as 23 greeting cards and a Starbucks gift card from between the front seats, according to the agreement. Additionally, they found a roll of tape and letter openers in the driver’s side door.

Smith said that she began stealing the cash when she began her route in the Washington Highlands and that she would steal mail about one to two days per week in order to pay bills and take care of her four children, the agreement said.

In all, she said she began stealing an estimated $40 a week from customer’s mail, but that later on she began stealing $50 to $100 a week. She also admitted to using the tape to reseal some of the greeting cards that she opened.

Smith’s lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment from ABC News.

Smith was terminated earlier this year, according to Jeff Arney, assistant special agent in charge and public information officer for the Great Lakes Area Field Office of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

“The vast majority of U.S. Postal Service personnel are dedicated, hard-working public servants dedicated to moving mail to its proper destination, [and] who would never consider engaging in any form of criminal behavior,” Arney said in a statement. “This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated. When a postal employee betrays that trust of the American people, the special agents in the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, vigorously investigate these matters as we did in this instance and work with local, state and federal prosecutors to hold accountable those employees who violate that public trust.”

As for the cards, he told ABC News that the ones the agents found would be sent to their original recipients, and that anyone who wishes to claim something that was lost due to Smith can ask for restitution through the court process.

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Cody Wilson, owner of 3D-printed gun company, wanted in connection to alleged sexual assault of a minor

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — An arrest warrant has been issued for the founder of a controversial 3D-printed gun company in connection to the alleged sexual assault of a minor, according to Texas authorities.

Suspect Cody Wilson, 30, owns Defense Distributed, which sells blueprints for producing plastic firearms using 3D printers.

The alleged victim, an unnamed girl younger than 17, told a counselor she’d had sex with Wilson Aug. 15, 2018, in an Austin hotel before he paid her $500, according to the arrest warrant affidavit filed Wednesday in Travis County District Court.

The counselor then called the Austin Police Department, authorities said.

He is not in custody at this point, ABC Austin affiliate KVUE-TV reported.

ABC News is attempting to reach Wilson.

Wilson is a self-described “crypto-anarchist” at the center of a fierce legal battle over whether Americans should be able to print guns that would be unregulated and untraceable.

After Wilson in 2013 successfully fired a bullet from the world’s first 3D-printed handgun and posted its design online, the video got nearly half a million views, and the design was downloaded nearly 100,000 times. After a few days, the link was terminated by law enforcement officials.

Years of litigation followed, leading to a settlement in July allowing Wilson to re-release the gun’s downloadable blueprints, giving anyone with access to a 3D printer the ability to create their own so-called “ghost guns” – unregulated unregistered and untraceable firearms.

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