Written by AARON CASTREJON
LOS ANGELES - The alleged armed and armored suspect officers accused of pointing a rifle at them May 17 died by police gunfire, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said.
Daniel Warren, 36, died as the result of gunshot wounds to the right thigh and left axilla (left underarm), according to public data released by the coroner.
Pasadena police encountered Warren in a fenced yard at a home in the 1500 block of Glen Avenue after responding to a man with a gun call at 6:30 p.m. Warren allegedly yelled at officers and pointed the rifle at them. Police opened fire, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
Warren retreated to the rear yard of the home after taking gunfire. Officers approached the yard and found him unresponsive. Paramedics later declared him dead, homicide detectives said.
A handgun and rifle equipped with a “large capacity drum-style magazine” were found near Warren who fired at least one round, homicide detectives said.
Written by AARON CASTREJON
LOS ANGELES – The manner of death for the armed suspect found dead after hiding from Azusa Police at the end of a brief struggle and officer gunfire December 21 remains hidden.
A security hold was placed on the publication of information related to the coroner investigation for Azusa man Jose Javier Lemus, 57, who was found dead in an Azusa warehouse, according to Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau placed the security hold, Smith said.
A call to the detective handling the investigation was not returned.
It is unclear if Lemus died from officer gunfire, or if he took his own life.
At least three Azusa Police officers arrived to a warehouse around 12:40 a.m. December 21 on a reported suspicious person, or possible burglary in progress. Upon contacting Lemus, he produced a handgun and a struggle for the weapon ensued, Azusa Police said.
As Lemus fled police, at least one officer opened fire, but it has not been disclosed if the suspect was struck.
The disappearance of Lemus sparked a nearly 10-hour search in the area. A portion of Irwindale Avenue from West 1st Street to Gladstone Street was blocked.
Glendora, Covina, Irwindale, Baldwin Park Police and a helicopter aided in a search.
The suspect was found dead jut before 11:30 a.m. inside the same warehouse in the 1500 block of McKinley Avenue where officers initially contacted him, according to the Azusa Police Department.
Written by AARON CASTREJON
LOS ANGELES - A 57-year-old man believed to be the suspect in an officer-involved shooting was identified Saturday.
Jose Javier Lemus, an Azusa resident, was identified by Investigator Nani Cholakians of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
A cause of death has not been publicly released yet.
An autopsy has yet to be scheduled, Cholakians said.
Lemus was found inside the warehouse in the 1500 block of McKinley Avenue where officers initially contacted, struggled with and fired upon him December 21, according to the Azusa Police Department.
At least three Azusa Police officers arrived to the warehouse around 12:40 a.m. Friday on a reported suspicious person, or possible burglary in progress. Lemus allegedly produced a handgun and a struggle for the weapon ensued.
As Lemus fled police, at least one officer opened fire. It is unclear if Lemus was struck.
Officers searched the area for Lemus for nearly 10 hours. A portion of Irwindale Avenue from West 1st Street to Gladstone Street was blocked during the search.
Glendora, Covina, and Baldwin Park Police Departments along with a helicopter aided in a search.
It is unclear if the affected warehouse was occupied during the burglary call.
Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
LOS ANGELES - The coroner will determine if the man who stabbed to death a Cal Poly Pomona public safety specialist last month had anything in his system when the killing occurred.
A motive is still unknown after 27-year-old Rodney Lee Hunter reportedly committed the brutal stabbing of Mark Manlapaz, a 17-year-veteran of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona June 29, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The autopsy on Hunter was performed July 9.
Hunter was identified by Homicide detectives as a Cal Poly Pomona custodian. How long Hunter worked for the campus is not immediately known.
Manlapaz, 37, served the campus as a public safer specialist. He was parked at university property known as Campus South, 3530 Pomona Blvd., when he was approached by Hunter, who stabbed him to death.
Manlapaz died in his university-issued truck.
Witnesses helped authorities locate Hunter about a half mile from the scene of the stabbing, near the John T. Lyle Center For Regenerative Studies.
One of the witnesses who apparently knew Hunter told detectives that he appeared “out of it,” according to Sheriff's Homicide Lt. John Corina.
Hunter fought with the witness when approached.
A Pomona Police officer and a Cal Poly Police officer both opened fire on Hunter, but the interaction that led to the officer-involved shooting remains undisclosed.
The knife thought to be used in the stabbing was recovered near the victim’s truck.