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Gunman who opened fire at L.A. police had applied to join department

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman who opened fire in a Los Angeles police station, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, had previously applied to join the department, a police spokesmen said on Tuesday. The wounded officer remained hospitalized in good condition a day after the attack, while the suspected gunman, who also was struck by multiple bullets, was listed in serious but stable condition at a hospital, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Officer Sara Faden.

Officer, gunman wounded in Los Angeles police station

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles police station on Monday night, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, leaving both men badly wounded, Los Angeles Police Department spokesmen said.

Suspect held over grisly Hollywood sign killing

Police have arrested a suspect over a grisly killing in California two years ago, in which a severed head was found near the Hollywood sign, a spokesman said Monday. Gabriel Campos Martinez was detained in Texas over the January 2012 slaying of 66-year-old Hervey Medellin, whose other body parts were subsequently found scattered not far from the world-famous tourist spot. Martinez, 38, was arrested on Sunday and booked on suspicion of murder, the LAPD said in a statement. He remains in custody pending extradition to Los Angeles.

Iceland's first-ever police shooting leaves one dead

A man has been shot dead in Iceland's first-ever armed police operation, officials said on Monday. With a population of only 322,000 and one of the lowest crime rates in the world, police rarely draw their weapons in the island nation. The incident was "without precedent" in Iceland's history, national police chief Haraldur Johannessen told a press conference in Reykjavik. The victim, a man in his late 50s, fired a shotgun several times in his apartment in the early hours of Monday morning, forcing police to evacuate residents of the building in east Reykjavik.

Teen arrested in Massachusetts on charges of stealing FBI rifles

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts teenager was arrested on Friday on charges he stole two high-powered rifles from an unmarked FBI vehicle outside an agent's home, police said. The rifles were returned to police in Andover, a town about 25 miles north of Boston on Friday morning, two days after they were taken from the vehicle, which is used by a Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit.

San Antonio police officer shot and wounded; parts of highway shut

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A San Antonio, Texas, police officer was shot and portions of busy Interstate 35 were closed northeast of downtown on Monday as police engaged in a standoff with an armed man in a motel. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said in a statement the officer was shot in the head and is expected to survive.

Employer had security concerns about suspect in Florida shooting

Miami, Jul 30 (EFE).- The man who murdered six people in the Miami suburb of Hialeah was a solitary person who had left his job at Miami Dade College when he learned of plans to fire him over concerns he might engage in violence. Police are continuing their investigation into the reasons Pedro Alberto Vargas, 42, last Friday shot six people to death and held two others hostages before being killed by a police SWAT team.

Gunman kills 6 in Florida before being shot dead by police

Washington, Jul 27 (EFE).- A man killed six people in South Florida before being shot dead by a police SWAT team while he was holed up in an apartment with two hostages, who were rescued unharmed, local media reported. According to information police provided to the media, the gunman shot and killed three men and three women on Friday evening in Hialeah, a city in the Miami metropolitan area. The suspect was gunned down inside an apartment building after an exchange of gunfire with the SWAT team.

California cities calm amid increased police presence at Zimmerman protests

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - California rallies were small and calm Tuesday night after Los Angeles police vowed to crack down with quick action against the sort of vandalism and violence the city saw a night earlier in street protests over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of a black Florida teenager.

LA vows show of force after Zimmerman-linked violence

Los Angeles' mayor announced the deployment of extra police Tuesday to prevent more violent protests over the Trayvon Martin trial, after 14 people were arrested in a second night of unrest. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) chief Charlie Beck said the show of force was designed to prevent a repeat of the previous evening, when protestors jumped on cars, damaged shops and attacked bystanders.
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