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Breonna Taylor: Louisville seeks to fire police officer in shooting

Mayor Greg Fischer has initiated termination proceedings against Louisville Metro Police Det. Brett Hankison, Fisher said in a statement, without elaborating.

In a letter to the officer Friday from interim chief Robert Schroeder, Hankison is accused of “blindly” firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment.

“I find your conduct a shock to the conscience,” Schroeder wrote. “I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion.”

Schroeder added, “The result of your action seriously impedes the Department’s goal of providing the citizens of our city with the most professional law enforcement agency possible. I cannot tolerate this type of conduct by any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Your conduct demands your termination.”

Lonita Baker, an attorney for Taylor’s family, said they’re “excited to get this news and are encouraged by it.”

“This is just one step though,” Baker added. “We’re waiting for the other officers to be held accountable and for additional charges to be filed but this is a step in the right direction.”

Baker said Breonna’s mother “enjoyed getting this bit of news.”

There was no immediate comment from the police union and Hankison’s attorney.

Hankison will have an opportunity to address the termination and provide his side of events to Schroeder and other police officials at a later date.

The administrative charges against Hankison include violations of obedience to rules and regulations, and the use of force.

The officer’s actions “displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life” and “created a substantial danger of death and serious injury” to Taylor and three occupants who lived next door.

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“In fact, the ten (10) rounds you fired were into a patio door and window which were covered with material that completely prevented you from verifying any person as an immediate threat or more importantly any innocent persons present,” the letter said.

The letter said Hankison had been disciplined in January 2019 for reckless conduct that injured an “innocent person.” It did not elaborate.

The story of Taylor’s life and death became part of the larger worldwide outcry against police violence that exploded after the death of George Floyd in late May.

The officers were executing a search warrant in a narcotics investigation, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department, when they entered Taylor’s apartment just before 1 a.m. on March 13.

Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit two months after her killing, claiming charges of battery, wrongful death, excessive force, negligence and gross negligence.

The no-knock warrant issued by police included Taylor’s house because, according to a police affidavit for a search warrant for the raid, which was obtained by CNN, authorities suspected a man involved in a drug ring was receiving packages of drugs at her home.

On May 21, the FBI’s Louisville office announced it was opening an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.

FBI agents were at Taylor’s home on Friday.

“When investigating potential civil rights violations, the FBI will take a fresh look at all the evidence, including interviewing witnesses who have already spoken to the original investigating agency, interviewing witnesses who have not yet spoken to law enforcement, and examining all physical and video evidence to better understand what transpired. Today’s action is part of this process,” the FBI office said in a statement.

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The three officers involved in Taylor’s shooting are on administrative leave, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. But they have not been charged with any crimes.

Louisville Metropolitan Police announced in late May it would require all sworn officers to wear body cameras.

The LMPD also said it would change how the department carries out search warrants in response to Taylor’s death. Fischer said the changes were the first steps the city would take toward improving police accountability.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said he would be retiring at the end of June but was removed from his post on June 1 after it was discovered the officers present at the shooting death of a black man named David McAtee during a Louisville protest did not have their body cams turned on.

Taylor’s name has been a fixture in the recent protests spurred by Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis. Some demonstrations have been specifically in her memory.

Taylor would have been 27 years old on June 5.

CNN’s AJ Willingham contributed to this report.

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Police shot a man after a high-speed chase. It’s Georgia’s 50th police shooting investigated by GBI this year

That 50-mark is a slight increase on the number of officer-involved shootings that the GBI investigated at this point the past two years. At this time last year, the GBI had been requested to investigate 36 officer-involved shootings, and at this time in 2018 the GBI had been requested to investigate 45 officer-involved shootings, according to GBI public affairs director Nelly Miles.

In all of 2019, GBI was asked to investigate 84 officer-involved shootings, and in all of 2018 GBI was asked to investigate 94 officer-involved shootings, GBI said.

The 50-mark was reached amid a national reckoning with racism and police violence against black people and came just days after the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy’s parking lot in Atlanta. On Wednesday, the officer who fired the fatal shots at Brooks was charged with felony murder and 10 other counts, and the other officer on scene was charged with aggravated battery and two other counts.

The GBI’s role is to provide an independent investigation of the case, which is then turned over to local prosecutors. The numbers include fatal shootings, nonlethal shootings and incidents in which an officer discharged their weapon in someone’s direction, Miles said.

Law enforcement agencies in Georgia are not required to ask the GBI to investigate police shootings, so the totals are a slight undercount. Miles said that a “large majority” of law enforcement agencies in the state do so, but some departments still do not.

High-speed chase leads to shooting

The incident began at about 9 p.m. Monday when a motorcyclist, later identified as Echols, led police on a high-speed pursuit exceeding 100 mph on Highway 34 in Newnan, according to the GBI. The motorcyclist was described as a black man with blond dreadlocks wearing a T-shirt, the GBI says.

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Another motorist reported that a driver in a motorcycle had turned into the Greison Trail area, and shortly after, officers with Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office found a black motorcycle abandoned behind a restaurant, the GBI states.

Officers searched the area and found Echols, who matched the driver’s description, inside a Bail Bonds 24-7, and it appeared he had forcibly entered the location, GBI states.

Officers began giving him verbal commands, and a Newnan police officer alerted others that Echols had a gun, according to GBI. The officer then fired his handgun at Echols, striking him once in the leg, GBI states.

“At the time of the incident, Echols was in possession of a handgun and was reportedly reaching for it when he was shot,” GBI says.

He was transported by EMS to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, and no officers were injured, GBI said.

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Rayshard Brooks shooting: ‘How many more protests will it take?’ Relatives grieve the death of another black man killed by police

But they never expected the young father be the next black man to die at the hands of police.

“On June 12, one of our biggest fears became our reality,” his niece Chassidy Evans said. “Not only did we lose another black, unarmed male. This time it landed on our front doorstep.”

Brooks, 27, was shot twice in the back as he ran away from an Atlanta police officer outside a fast-food restaurant. He had failed a sobriety test after falling asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane, officials said.

Hours after the killing, police Chief Erika Shields stepped down. The officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe, was fired. Another officer at the scene, Devin Brosnan, was put on administrative duty.

“The day after my uncle’s murder, his oldest daughter sat (waiting) for her father, in her birthday dress, to come and take her skating,” Evans said.

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“Not only are we hurt, we are angry. When does this stop? We’re not only pleading for justice. We’re pleading for change.”

By midday Monday, protesters flooded streets in downtown Atlanta decrying Brooks’ death and demanding an end to systemic racism.
They also called for an end to Georgia’s stand-your-ground law and citizen’s arrest law, which made national headlines after the death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man killed while jogging in southeast Georgia.

“Before it happened to us, I could only guess at how it felt. But now I understand,” sobbed Brooks’ cousin Gymaco Brooks.

Brooks’ cousin Tiara Brooks said excessive force must stop.

“How many more protests will it take to ensure that the next victim isn’t your cousin, your brother, your uncle, your nephew, your friend or your companion so that we can finally end the suffering of excessive police force?” she asked, fighting back tears.

Brooks’ widow said she’s now grappling with both grief and fear.

“I’m scared every day,” Tomika Miller said, holding one of the couple’s three daughters. “My family members go out … (and) I don’t even know if they’re going to come home.”

Protesters spanning many ages and races demand change outside the Georgia state Capitol.
Nationwide rallies denouncing police brutality have taken place every day for 20 days since the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee against his neck for almost 9 minutes.

Cities have taken a look at how their police departments are funded and operated.

The New York City Police Department will reassign roughly 600 anti-crime unit plainclothes officers, Commissioner Dermot Shea announced. The officers will work in “a variety of assignments, including detective bureaus, neighborhood policing and other assignments.” Shea said.

“This is a seismic shift in the culture in how the NYPD polices this great city. It will be felt immediately among the five district attorney’s offices. It will be felt immediately in the communities we protect,” Shea added.

Rayshard Brooks' widow Tomika Miller holds their 2-year-old daughter Memory at a press conference.

How a peaceful encounter turned fatal

Police responded to a call Friday night about a man sleeping in a car at a Wendy’s drive-thru and began talking with Brooks, who agreed to pull over. Authorities said he failed a sobriety test.

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One of the officers tried to arrest him, which led to a struggle between Brooks and two officers, footage of the incident shows. Brooks took an officer’s Taser during the struggle and then pointed it at one of the officers as he ran away. That officer then fatally shot Brooks.

Family attorneys, the district attorney and the mayor said the Brooks should not have been killed. For more than 20 minutes, Brooks responded to questions calmly and complied with officers’ requests before they tried to arrest him.

“It’s very difficult when you see (the video), when you see the demeanor of Mr. Brooks, to imagine that some short time later, it ends up with him being dead,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

What should the officer have done?

The fact that Brooks was unarmed is important, CNN law enforcement analyst Charles Ramsey said. Early in the encounter, an officer asked Brooks if he could pat him down, and Brooks agreed.

“Now you know he’s not in possession of a firearm or any other deadly weapon,” said Ramsey, a former Philadelphia police commissioner.

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After Brooks stole the officer’s Taser and ran away, “it looks like he may have even fired the Taser at some point in time,” Ramsey said.

But it’s unlikely Brooks would have been able to use the Taser a second time, Ramsey said.

“Once you fire the Taser, it has to recycle before it can be used again,” he said. “I would doubt very seriously if most citizens would even know how to operate a Taser.”

So instead of shooting Brooks, Ramsey said the officer could have continued the foot pursuit, “get on a radio and call for some assistance.”

“You’ve got the car. You’ve asked for his driver’s license. You know who he is. So even if you don’t get him right now, you can get him later,” Ramsey said.

“The need to immediately apprehend is taken away. And you can only use deadly force under certain, very narrow circumstances,” such as if the officer’s life or anyone else’s life is in danger, or if the person being pursued poses a serious danger to the public.

“That’s not the case here,” Ramsey said.

A mourner visits a memorial Sunday for Rayshard Brooks, who was shot in the back by police.

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“People ask, ‘Why would (Brooks) resist if they’re trying to put him in handcuffs?'” family attorney L. Chris Stewart said.

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“Well, they put George Floyd in handcuffs, and he was subsequently killed. So just getting put in handcuffs — if you’re African American — doesn’t mean you’re going to be nicely taken to the back of a police car.”

He said Brooks and Floyd suffered the same fate, even though Floyd did not struggle with police.

“We watch videos all the time where it’s a Caucasian individual or a person of a different race that resists and lives. We’ve watched videos of a person go do a mass shooting and live,” Stewart said.

“There was absolutely no reason for (Brooks) to die because he resisted and ran away.”

‘Destroying things is not going to help’

Brooks’ family thanked all the protesters who are peacefully demanding an end to excessive police force.

“I’m not only asking for the city of Atlanta to stand with us. I’m asking for everyone in this nation to stand with us as we seek justice for Rayshard,” said Evans, the niece of Brooks.

While rallies Monday have been peaceful, police are still looking for whoever set fire Saturday night to the Wendy’s where Brooks was killed. Police are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist.

Brooks’ widow said protesters must remain peaceful. Otherwise, their message is lost.

“I want them to keep protesting, keep fighting. But destroying things is not going to help at all. Destroying things is going to make us look like savages … I may as well burn my own house down,” Miller said. “Let your time not be wasted.”

Decision on possible charges could come Wednesday

Howard, the top prosecutor in Fulton County, said possible charges against Rolfe could include murder, felony murder or voluntary manslaughter. He said a decision could come by Wednesday.

“What we’re trying to determine is, at that time, whether or not the officers felt their lives were in danger — specifically officer Rolfe, whether or not he felt that Mr. Brooks, at that time, presented imminent harm of death or some serious physical injury,” Howard said.

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“Or the alternative is whether or not he fired the shot simply to capture him or some other reason. If that shot was fired for some reason other than to save that officer’s life or to prevent injury to him or others, then that shooting is not justified under the law.”

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she doesn’t think the killing was justified. After watching the police body camera footage, she said didn’t find the initial interaction to be confrontational.

“Even knowing the end, watching the video you are just going, just let him go, just let him go, let him call somebody to pick him up,” the mayor said.

Evans agreed that police should have let her cousin call a family member to pick him up so that everyone could stay safe.

“Rayshard has a family who loves him, who would have gladly come and got him so he could be here with us today,” she said.

CNN’s Natasha Chen, Boris Sanchez, Jamiel Lynch, Alta Spells, Mel Alonso, Chuck Johnston, Tina Burnside, Dave Alsup and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.

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Paso Robles shooting: Suspect killed after wounding multiple officers

Mason James Lira, 26, shot three law enforcement officers Thursday and one on Wednesday before he was fatally wounded while trying to escape his hiding spot in a riverbed, the sheriff’s news release said.

Lira, who authorities believe killed a 58-year-old man near an Amtrak station on Wednesday, died at the scene, the sheriff said.

The officers are in good condition with non-life threatening injuries.

The manhunt began early Wednesday after Lira began shooting outside a police station in Paso Robles and shot one of the responding deputies in the face.

On Thursday, as he fled from authorities, Lira shot an Arroyo Grande police officer, a California Highway Patrol officer and a member of the Kings County Sheriff’s Office, according to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office said Lira had two handguns.

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Deputy Nicholas Dreyfus, 28, was shot Wednesday when Lira opened fire outside a police station in Paso Robles, according to the sheriff.

Dreyfus was shot in the face Wednesday while searching for the suspect, but the sheriff’s office says his surgery was successful and he’s listed in guarded condition and the prognosis is good.

“We feel that this was an ambush that he planned,” San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said about the suspect. “He intended for officers to come out of the police department and to assault them.”

Lira allegedly began firing at police cars shortly after 3 a.m. PT (6 a.m. ET) as they entered the downtown area and at the station, Parkinson said. The sheriff noted that Lira was using military-type tactics.

“He was prepared to move and act as though this was a fairly tactical ambush,” Parkinson said.

Dreyfus was shot when he arrived to assist police officers at the station, the sheriff said.

Hours after the shooting, police found the body of a 58-year-old man near an Amtrak station in the city. The man had been shot in the head “at close proximity,” the sheriff’s office said. Paso Robles Police Chief Ty Lewis confirmed in a news conference that Lira is the primary suspect. Lewis said police recovered evidence at the scene that linked the firearms used in the shooting of the sheriff’s deputy early Wednesday.

The motivation for all of the incidents is still under investigation.

CNN’s Madeline Holcombe, Sarah Moon, Stella Chan and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

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FBI investigating whether 2 separate shooting deaths of California officers are related

A sergeant with the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office was killed in a shooting in Ben Lomond Saturday, and two other officers were hurt during an ambush involving a suspect with explosive devices, Sheriff Jim Hart said.

“The investigation into the incident in Ben Lomond, Calif. is ongoing,” the FBI San Francisco office told CNN in a statement. “We are working with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department to determine a possible motive and/or links to other crimes committed in the Bay Area, to include the shooting of the FPS officers in Oakland.”

The suspect in the Santa Cruz shooting is an active duty sergeant at Travis Air Force Base, according to 2nd Lt. Mike Longoria, public affairs officer for the base.

The FBI is seeking information about a white van that may be linked to the crime in Oakland.

‘This is the worst day that I’ve experienced’

Around 1:30 pm on Saturday, Santa Cruz deputies responded to a call about a suspicious van parked off the road. The caller saw guns and bomb-making materials inside the van, according to the sheriff’s department.

When deputies arrived at the scene, the van was seen leaving the area. Deputies followed the vehicle until it arrived at a residence in Ben Lomond.

Deputies were then ambushed with gunfire and multiple improvised explosives, leaving one deputy dead and others injured, the sheriff’s department said in a press release.

38-year-old Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller was shot and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Gutzwiller had been with the sheriff’s department since 2006, Hart said.

Another deputy was struck by a car as the suspect fled the property and either shot or struck by shrapnel, Hart added.

After the suspect fled, the county received calls about a carjacking. When officers got to that area, the suspect was shot while being arrested.

The suspect reportedly was armed. He survived and was treated and released from the hospital, according to the press release.

The suspect faces charges for the murder of Gutzwiller and other felonies, the department said.

“In my 32 year career, this is the worst day that I’ve ever experienced,” Hart said in announcing the loss of Gutzwiller.

“He was the kind of person we all hope to be. Today, we lost a hero. We are grateful to have known him and we mourn with his family.”

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Hundreds took part in a parade celebrating the first birthday of a boy who lost both his parents in the El Paso shooting

Paul Gilbert Anchondo was two months old when his parents died shielding him from a shooter at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on August 3, 2019.

Over the weekend, the toddler turned 1, CNN affiliate KVIA reported, and hundreds of residents drove in a parade to celebrate the boy.

They wanted to remind him “he’s not by himself,” Gilbert Anchondo, the baby’s grandfather, told the news station.

“We want him to remember that everybody here in the El Paso area and our community is supporting him,” he said.

Relatives said in August the boy’s mother, Jordan Anchondo, shielded the baby with her body when she was shot and his father, Andre Anchondo, tried to protect them both.

“The shooter had aimed at Jordan. And Andre jumped in front of Jordan. And the shooter shot Andre, and the bullets went through Andre and hit Jordan,” Misti Jamrowski, Jordan Anchondo’s mom, told CNN at the time.
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And while it was relatives and friends who began putting together the idea for the parade, as more community members found out about it, they wanted to help as well, participants said.

Eduardo Prieto, a motorcyclist who rode in the parade, said since the boy’s parents couldn’t be there to celebrate with him on his birthday, the community wanted to make sure his first celebration was a great one.

“He’s a symbol of the goodness that came out of it because he brought everyone even more so together,” Joshua Hernandez, another participant of the parade, told KVIA.
Patrick Crusius, the suspect in the shooting that claimed 23 lives, remains in custody and has been indicted on 90 federal charges, including hate crimes, court documents show.

CNN’s Sara Sidner contributed to this report.

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13 people wounded in shooting at a memorial in Louisiana

Bogalusa police received multiple calls around 9 p.m. Saturday about several people having been shot and in need of medical attention, the department said in a news release.

When police arrived, “shots were still being fired, and the scene was chaos,” Maj. Wendell O’Berry said Monday at a press conference. No eyewitnesses have come forward with information about the shooting, according to the police.

Officers found an “extremely” large crowd gathered for a memorial service for Dominique James, police said. According to O’Berry, it included as many as 800 people at one point.

“Officers located several victims with gunshot wounds and attempted to secure the scene” with help from Louisiana State Police and multiple local agencies, the release said.

Some were taken by ambulance, some went in private vehicles, O’Berry said, and there may be more victims. One person is in critical condition.

Investigators found more than 50 shell casings, leading police to believe multiple people were involved, O’Berry said.

The city has asked for local, state and federal help in investigating the shooting, O’Berry said.

A funeral for James had been held hours before the memorial, CNN affiliate WDSU reported.

The city did not issue a permit for the gathering, and no permit would have been granted because of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to O’Berry.

James had been missing for days when he was found dead inside his car in a wooded area outside Bogalusa, according to WDSU. He was thought to be going to pick up a four-wheeler, police said.

“There are people who know who did this,” O’Berry said. “We’re on your side. We need your assistance.”

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Florida officer fired for response during Parkland shooting will get his badge back

Sgt. Brian Miller and Scot Peterson were among the officers criticized and fired for their actions on February 14, 2018, when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The gunman killed 17 students and faculty members that day.

On Thursday, the Broward Sheriff’s Union announced in a news conference that Miller would be reinstated. He was fired on June 4, 2019 by Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony after a report from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission.

In the report, the commission said Miller arrived on the scene while shots were still being fired, according to statements he made to the commission. After arriving on scene, Miller went behind his vehicle and put on a ballistic vest. Miller did not make his first radio transmission about the shooting until approximately five minutes after arriving on scene. There is no evidence that Miller effectively “directed resources” and no evidence he directed deputies toward the gunfire he heard upon his arrival on campus, the report said.

The union says that the department violated a 180-day clause to notify Miller of his termination. He was fired two days after the 180 days expired, which is in violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to Mike Finesilver, the union’s attorney.

According to the policy manual, disciplinary action or dismissal may not be undertaken against any deputy for any act, omission, or other allegation of misconduct if the investigation of the allegation is not completed within 180 days after the date the agency receives notice of the allegation by a person authorized by the agency to initiate investigation of the misconduct. Notice to the deputy must be provided within 180 days after the date the agency received notice of alleged miscount.

The arbitrator agreed the sheriff’s department violated the 180-day clause and granted the union’s motion for summary judgment, awarding Miller be reinstated. He will retain his seniority as well as back pay, the arbitrator ruled.

Miller, who was present at the news conference, did not speak to reporters.

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Responding to the reinstatement, Max Schachter, whose son Alex was killed in the shooting, told CNN affiliate WPLG, “He was a coward. He certainly does not deserve to get his job back, and I hope that the judge that this ruling can be overturned and changed.” Schachter also served on the commission.
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Citing the findings of the commission, Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina Petty also died tweeted, “If Sgt. Miller has any honor, he will immediately resign. He owes it to law enforcement officers who risk their lives each and every day. HE was an absolute failure on 2/14/18.

In a statement, the General Council for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said, “The Broward Sheriff’s Office does not agree with the arbitrator’s decision and stands by the initial termination of Sergeant Brian Miller. The arbitrator ruled on the case without conducting any evidentiary hearing whatsoever and without taking the testimony of a single witness. The decision was based upon a technicality that we believe was wrongly decided. The arbitrator ruled on a procedural issue that BSO allegedly took too long to conduct the investigation, which is the exact opposite finding of an arbitrator that addressed this same issue in an earlier case. The Broward Sheriff’s Office is exploring all legal options to address this erroneous decision.”

The Sheriff’s Office added in a statement, “The arbitrator did not address the conduct of Sergeant Miller on the day children and adults were massacred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while he stood by. Nowhere in the decision is he vindicated for his lack of action on that day.”

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Man arrested after allegedly shooting and stabbing multiple people in California rampage

Sergio Rodriguez, 46, is being held on $4 million bail, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

Officers responded to an incident early Wednesday morning, where the suspect had allegedly shot at a vehicle multiple times, striking the tire.

After fleeing in a vehicle, the suspect struck another vehicle on the road, police said. When the driver pulled over, Rodriguez attempted to carjack them and stabbed the person multiple times, according to the release. Rodriguez got back in his car and continued driving, police said.

He later rammed his car into another victim’s vehicle, stabbed the person several times and fled the scene again, according to police.

When Rodriguez tried to abandon his car, officers located him and tried to arrest him, police said. He resisted and slashed at a deputy with a box cutter, according to police.

That attempt ripped through the officer’s uniform and pants, but the deputy was not injured, the release said.

As officers addressed those incidents, calls came in from people who said they had been shot at in the surrounding area. One victim had been shot in the leg, according to police.

Police picked up a semi-automatic weapon and a box cutter from one of the crime scenes and are linking a total of nine victims to Rodriguez, according to the release.

Rodriguez was arrested and booked at the West Valley Detention Center. CNN reached out to police but they didn’t immediately provide further details.

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Arbery shooting: Justice Department assessing whether to bring hate crime charges in Ahmaud Arbery shooting

“We will continue to assess all information, and we will take any appropriate action that is warranted by the facts and the law,” Kupec said, adding that the Justice Department has asked the state attorney general to forward “any information that he has about the handling of the investigation.”

The fatal shooting of 25-year-old Arbery on February 23 caused widespread outrage in recent days after a video surfaced that appeared to show the deadly confrontation. Anger was compounded by the fact that the suspects in the case, who are white, had not been arrested more than two months after Arbery, a black man, was killed.

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The suspects, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his 34-year-old son Travis McMichael, were arrested May 7 and face charges of murder and aggravated assault. CNN’s attempts to reach them for comment have been unsuccessful.

Prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division along with the FBI and the US Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Georgia will meanwhile continue to support the state investigation, Kupec said.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said Sunday he had requested the Justice Department investigate the handling of the case.

“We are committed to a complete and transparent review of how the Ahmaud Arbery case was handled from the outset,” Carr said in a news release. “The family, the community and the state of Georgia deserve answers, and we will work with others in law enforcement at the state and federal level to find those answers.”

Carr’s request to the DOJ includes an investigation of the “communications and discussions” between the first two district attorneys assigned to the case, both of whom have since recused themselves.

This story has been updated to include additional background information.

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