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Updated Info – Deputy-Involved Shooting in South Los Angeles 774 435 SIB Staff

Updated Info – Deputy-Involved Shooting in South Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva Provides Update on the Dijon Kizzee Investigation

Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference today, Thursday, September 17, 2020, to announce the latest developments surrounding the death of Dijon Kizzee.

Sheriff Villanueva gave a perspective of the community of where the shooting occurred and showed a series of PowerPoint slides depicting a one-mile radius where Suspect Dijon Kizzee was shot. A total of 12 homicides, 163 aggravated assaults, and 115 offenses with weapons have occurred since January of 2020. Sheriff Villanueva added that although it appears to be a high crime area, most of the residents are law-abiding citizens. The Sheriff’s Department is trying to protect the community. The Sheriff further stated most youth programs in the community had been eliminated due to budget cuts, and that has an impact when it comes to crime.  

The Captain of Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Kent Wegener, gave a detailed briefing of the shooting. On August 31, 2020, at 3:14 p.m., deputies attempted to detain Suspect Kizzee for a traffic violation, but he refused to stop and fled on his bicycle. He fell off the bicycle, abandoned it, and ran from deputies on Budlong Avenue. Deputies returned to their patrol and began checking the area for Kizzee.

When the deputies located Suspect Kizzee on 109th Place, west of Budlong Ave., the passenger deputy exited the patrol vehicle and attempted to detain him. Suspect Kizzee briefly raised his hands; he had a green towel in one hand and a black and red jacket in the other hand, as the deputy approached him. Suspect Kizzee lowered his hands, then struggled with the deputy before punching the deputy in the face. During the struggle, the handgun Suspect Kizzee was carrying fell to the ground. Seeing the handgun fall, Deputies drew their pistols as Suspect Kizzee stopped, bent over, reached back, and picked up the pistol. Deputies fired and struck him several times, causing the gun to fall again. Paramedics responded, and Suspect Kizzee was pronounced dead at the scene.                    

At the time the deputy-involved shooting occurred, Suspect Kizzee was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of his status as a convicted felon. The handgun he had was a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol. 

Protocols were followed, and the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau responded to the scene. Representatives from the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Inspector General’s Office, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Justice System Integrity Division, also responded. Witnesses were interviewed, and their testimony was recorded. Several videos were obtained, and some of those videos were shared by users on social media. An autopsy was performed on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, and the report has not yet been completed.

During the investigation, it was discovered the pistol in Suspect Kizzee’s possession at the time of the shooting was reported stolen during a residential burglary in Las Vegas, Nevada, back in February of 2017. When it was recovered at the scene, it had 15 live rounds.

 The cellular phone of Suspect Kizzee was forensically reviewed, and videos were discovered, which show him in possession of the same handgun.

During the news conference, several videos of the shooting incident were shown.

From the beginning of the investigation, Sheriff Villanueva assured a thorough, transparent, and objective investigation, no matter how long it would take. Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if the force used by the deputies violated any criminal laws.

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Pico Rivera Cancer Survivor Gets Backpack and Special Celebrity Visit

Pico Rivera Cancer Survivor Gets Backpack and Special Celebrity Visit

Matthew “Matu” Ignacio is just 11 years old and eager to get back into the swing of things, now that he’s surviving cancer.  At age six, he was diagnosed with brain cancer and had two tumors removed.  Now, with medication and monitoring, Matu can get back to the good stuff of childhood.

Part of growing up is going to school.  Assistant Sheriff Gross and deputy personnel from the Vital Intervention Directional Alternatives youth program, known as VIDA, came to Matu’s house and presented him and his two older brothers with backpacks and school supplies.

Matu has a connection with the VIDA deputies; they mentored him and have been in his life over the past few years, through all the ups and downs.  Matu also regularly speaks to at-risk kids participating in the program and offers words of perspective about uncertain tomorrows.  Life is precious and not guaranteed, which is why we must cherish each minute.  Even in Matu’s short time on earth, he has a great understanding of this concept, considering the circumstances he faced.

In an exciting moment at the event, Matu was appointed as an honorary Sheriff’s Explorer and presented with their uniform shoulder patches.  His face beamed with happiness and pride as he accepted the gift.

Actor Cody Walker also attended this special occasion and offered his support and encouragement as Matu continues his journey to improved health.

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RESPONSE TO THE COC MOTION CALLING FOR SHERIFF VILLANUEVA’S RESIGNATION

RESPONSE TO THE COC MOTION CALLING FOR SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA’S RESIGNATION

September 17, 2020

The Sheriff’s Department received word that several members of the Civilian Oversight Commission are calling for the resignation of the sheriff, who is an elected public servant.  The fact this motion is even being considered, particularly when two members of our department are recovering from a life-threatening ambush, is morally repugnant and emblematic of the political animosity of the politically-appointed commission.

It is becoming painfully obvious this commission is acting in retaliation against the sheriff for his efforts in investigating potential criminal conduct from county officials and for challenging the legality of subpoenaing the sheriff himself versus the LASD.  The sheriff will remain focused on serving the residents of Los Angeles County as he leads the department in investigating the ambush, overseeing the response to the Bobcat Fire evacuations, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic’s impact to the jail system. 

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Multi-Agency Effort Leads to Several Indictments of Members Asian Organized Crime

Multi-Agency Effort Leads to Several Indictments of Members Asian Organized Crime

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) held a press conference to announce the Federal Indictments of 25 individuals involved in organized Asian crime that were linked to investigations that spread across the nation, including Los Angeles, California, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Chicago, Illinois; Las Vegas, Nevada; New York, New York and San Francisco, California.  

In collaboration with the FBI, DHS Homeland Security Investigations, Los Angeles-High Intensity Trafficking Area 49, Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the investigation lead to the largest takedown in the Los Angeles area since 2002.

Members of the Asian Criminal Enterprise (ACE) were charged with 42 counts, including distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, and crack cocaine; engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity. The ACE members used untraceable assault rifles (also known as “ghost guns”) to further advance illegal activity.

During the course of the operation, approximately 27 pounds of methamphetamine, 89.1 grams of cocaine/cocaine base, and 32 firearms (to include handguns, assault rifles, ghost guns, live ammunition, magazines, and weapon accessories) were recovered.

The cases are currently being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn T. Andrews, Violent and Organized Crime Section.

For more information regarding ‘Operation Black Phoenix’, visit: https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/operation-black-phoenix-leads-federal-charges-against-25-who-allegedly-engaged-illegal

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LASD announces Reward in La Puente Shooting

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives to Announce $20,000 Reward in La Puente Shooting Death of Ten-Year-Old Boy

During a press conference at the Homicide Bureau offices, investigators and family members made a public plea for information about the murder Enrique Sebastian Falcon, a ten-year-old victim shot to death in front of his family.

At 9:15 P.M. on Sunday, May 17, 2020, the little boy known by his middle name, was a passenger in the back seat of a car, travelling through La Puente with his mother and her boyfriend.  As they drove southbound on Hacienda Boulevard, a black sedan pulled alongside their vehicle and the boyfriend alerted the occupants to turn on their headlights.  Both vehicles continued southbound on Hacienda Boulevard.  As the two vehicles approached the intersection with Amar Road, a male inside the other vehicle fired one round from a handgun at Sebastian’s vehicle.  Sebastian was struck one time on the right side of his torso.

Sebastian’s mother called 9-1-1, and deputies assigned to Industry Sheriff’s Station responded to their location.  Deputies administered life-saving measures to the little one while they drove him with lights and sirens in a patrol vehicle to the nearest hospital.  Despite their efforts to save his life, Sebastian succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital later that night.

The suspect vehicle fled the area in an unknown direction.  The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, bald, between 20 and 25 years of age.

Homicide detectives announced a cash reward for $20,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for taking Sebastian’s life.  The reward was secured by the city of La Puente, and the Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis’ Office.

Detectives and Sebastian’s family spoke at the event and asked for the public’s assistance to bring the perpetrators of this senseless crime to justice.  Sebastian’s mother, Adriana, held one of her son’s favorite toys as she faced media.  She said they missed him and asked for justice. 

If you have information about the suspect, suspect’s vehicle or this investigation, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. 

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives Announce $20,000 Reward in La Puente Shooting Death of Ten-Year-Old Boy

During a press conference at the Homicide Bureau offices, investigators and family members made a public plea for information about the murder Enrique Sebastian Falcon, a ten-year-old victim shot to death in front of his family.At 9:15 P.M. on Sunday, May 17, 2020, the little boy known by his middle name, was a passenger in the back seat of a car, travelling through La Puente with his mother and her boyfriend. As they drove southbound on Hacienda Boulevard, a black sedan pulled alongside their vehicle and the boyfriend alerted the occupants to turn on their headlights. Both vehicles continued southbound on Hacienda Boulevard. As the two vehicles approached the intersection with Amar Road, a male inside the other vehicle fired one round from a handgun at Sebastian’s vehicle. To read more and learn about the reward offer, click: https://lasd.org/lasd-announces-reward-in-la-puente-shooting/

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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Ambush Shooting of 2 lasd Deputies in Compton

$100K REWARD OFFER in Manhunt for Suspect in Ambush Shooting of 2 LA Sheriff’s Deputies inCompton

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting of two LASD deputies. The incident was reported Saturday, September 12, 2020, at approximately 6:58 p.m., at the MLK Transit Center in Compton.

A lone gunman ambushed two of our deputies. The suspect approached the vehicle from behind and fired several rounds from his firearm at the deputies, striking them. The deputies sustained critical injuries.

The suspect is described as a male Black 28-30 years-old, wearing dark clothing.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has authorized a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

There is no additional information available at this time. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org 

Press Conference: Sheriff Villanueva Discusses Ambush Shooting of Two Deputies in Compton

Sheriff Villanueva preliminarily discusses the circumstances surrounding an incident in which two deputies were ambushed and shot while seated inside of their patrol vehicle. The incident occurred today, around 7:00 P.M., at the Compton Blue Line Pax. Both deputies were transported to a local hospital in critical condition and are currently undergoing surgery. At least one suspect fled the scene and is still outstanding.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Saturday, September 12, 2020
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Sheriff Villanueva, Community Members Denounce Violent Rioters in South Los Angeles Community

Sheriff Villanueva, Community Members Denounce Violent Rioters in South Los Angeles Community

Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference today, Thursday, September 10, 2020, to denounce recent unlawfulness in the streets of the Westmont community, spurned in protest of a fatal deputy-involved shooting which occurred last month in the area.  The event took place in front of South Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station, which serves the areas of Athens, El Camino Village, Del Aire, unincorporated Gardena, Lennox, Lawndale, Moneta Gardens, and Wiseburn.

Since the shooting, numerous protests staged in front of the station turned into unlawful assemblies and lasted through early morning hours.  Crowds upward of 100 people gathered nightly at the intersection, and went from peaceful to assaultive toward deputies protecting the building.  Unruly participants vandalized the property, likely to cost thousands of dollars to repair.  Rebellious, self-proclaimed anarchists threw frozen water bottles, fireworks, smoke bombs, glass bottles, metal pipes, and chunks of cement to create chaos, damage and injury.  It was easy to see these participants did not come to make a civic difference for a good cause; they came armed and clad for battle in protective vests, helmets, shields, goggles, and heatproof gloves; they prevented commerce and travel by blocking the streets; and their loud and dangerous actions kept residents awake and shuttered in their homes for hours on several nights.

To determine the source of unruliness, numerous brave and concerned residents filtered through the crowds and did not recognize the majority of rioters and asked many where they reside.  Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Burbank, Hollywood, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, etc.:  People came from miles around to an area where they were strangers, to create havoc under the guise of communal regard.

On the fourth night in a row, the peace, flow and quality of life of the community was disturbed.  Deputies quelled the situation and engaged the rabble-rousers and anarchists.  Over the course of the last several days, 37 people were arrested for civil disobedience-related crimes, including Failure to Disperse at the Scene of a Riot.

Sheriff Villanueva expressed the importance of listening to those who reside and conduct business in the areas we serve, whose voices were overshadowed by the shouting and misconduct by others coming into the area.  He wanted them to have a platform to convey their points of view and concerns about the current events.  “We’re going to encourage the first amendment right, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to address government, by all means.  But it has to be in a manner that does not disrupt local law enforcement (and) does not disrupt our local community,” he said.   

A number of speakers at the press conference who live, grew up and conduct business in the area expressed the community’s collective displeasure and exhaustion with those foreign to the area coming in and trampling their city.  The destruction of structure and flow by wholly unconnected and unconcerned parties became such a concern, residents wanted to publicly address those responsible or considering it, to dissuade them from further action and let them know they are unwelcome.

Lifetime Westmont resident Kevin Orange said those who come from out of town to protest violence in their community and cause disruption undermine the efforts of locals who work hard to keep the area safe.  “So when you come here, like in a disrespectful way…it’s like our value and what we’re trying to do for this community is not warranted no more,” he said.  “If you’re not coming here to give us some kind of structure, to get behind us (or) on the side of us, you’re not doing us no good.”

Local business owner Robert Gomez expressed his frustration with strangers who enter the area and destroy what helps the local economy flourish and keeps people employed.  “I’m okay with peaceful protest…but I’m not okay with outsiders coming to our community and creating chaos.  I’m not okay with them looting and burning our businesses,” he said.  “I’m not okay with the disruption and chaos that these outsiders are creating to our community.”

Joe Collins poignantly stated the community’s collective position of self-preservation, not self-destruction, “We understand that black lives matter just as much as everyone else’s lives matter, but we’re not going to destroy our community to prove that.  And we will not allow anyone else to come into our communities and destroy it to prove that.”  Mr. Collins stated their firm resolve to stay intact, unlike some other national cities which were overrun with violence and lawlessness for months, wreaked under the cloak of cultural concern.  “South L.A. is not going to be anyone’s practice dummy.  We will not be Portland, Oregon; we will not be Washington State; we will not be Chicago; and we will not be New York.” 

Mr. Collins addressed an attorney in the audience, who said she represented one of the

arrested rioters.  She decried the use of rubber bullets on protesters, likely rounds launched from an ARWEN (Anti-Riot Weapon EnField), a less-lethal tool specifically designed for riot control.  Mr. Collins encouraged her to come to the area at night and observe the type of protests occurring with fireworks, rocks, bottles, and fire being hurled.  He pointed out the great danger of one of these objects making its way into a home or car and affecting an unwitting family or occupant. 

“Do not come from out of town into our town causing ruckus, causing violence.  The community will push back and we’re going to support the Sheriff and their use of force to remove these people from our cities because they are a danger,” warned Mr. Collins, in reference to outsiders who bring calamity and lawlessness to their neighborhood.  “I support the law enforcement, we support the law enforcement.  And, how we say in our streets, ‘That’s what they get.’”

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INSPECTOR GENERAL WAS NOT EXCLUDED FROM AUTOPSY

INSPECTOR GENERAL WAS NOT EXCLUDED FROM AUTOPSY, HE FAILED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS AND IS LOOKING TO BLAME OTHERS
September 4, 2020

On September 3, 2020, Mr. Huntsman claimed on a Twitter post, “The Sheriff’s Department had gone
ahead, down to the autopsy, had it scheduled and been present without telling us.”


Unfortunately, and yet once again, the inspector general has added to his long history of selectively
omitting facts which are unfavorable to his position. In line with his well-established pattern of
disinformation, he continues to sow the seeds of division between law enforcement and the community.


In this most recent example, he has attempted to distort reality in order to make excuses to the Board
of Supervisors and the Civilian Oversight Commission for his own administrative incompetence in
failing to make provisions for his attendance at the autopsy of Mr. Dijon Kizzee.


As is the standard operational procedure, the Los Angeles County Department of the Medical
Examiner-Coroner (DME) scheduled the date and time for this autopsy. The DME is in full and
complete control of the entire process, as has always been the case and common sense would dictate.
Homicide investigators were given a two-hour notice of the scheduled procedure and attended the
autopsy as a component of the on-going criminal investigation.


Permission to be present at an autopsy is granted, and notice is made, by DME, not the investigative
agency. The LASD does not “include” or “exclude” anyone from the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s
autopsy. It is not under our authority or control to do so.


Mr. Huntsman’s recent statements are disingenuous and seriously bring into question his intellectual
honesty, as he is well aware of the standard protocol. He was present for the autopsy of Mr. Andres
Guardado and arranged his own notification for attendance through DME, as is appropriate and
expected. His attendance was not arranged through the LASD. If he intended to attend this autopsy,
he should have followed the same procedure he did previously.


Mr. Huntsman’s most recent statements are simply the latest installment in his pattern of
unsubstantiated and inflammatory remarks designed to bring discredit to, and unfairly harm, the
Department. Mr. Huntsman needs to accept responsibility for his lack of preparation and apologize for
trying to blame others for his blunders.


Our Department wants to be a partner in fair oversight, but this is not occurring with the current
inspector general.


Sheriff Alex Villanueva

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WAS THE CEO GIVEN A $1.5M GOLDEN HANDSHAKE

WAS THE CEO GIVEN A $1.5M GOLDEN HANDSHAKE?
August 27, 2020

On August 26, 2020, I became aware of a demand letter written on behalf of County of Los Angeles CEO, Sachi Hamai, by her attorney Skip Miller (who also represents the Board of Supervisors in multiple ongoing matters). The anonymous letter outlined a proposed settlement in the amount of $1.5 million to be paid to Sachi Hamai upon her departure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The reason for the settlement was described as “combat pay” resulting from a valid and legitimate policy disagreement during a department head conference call with more than 40 other people listening. As described, this act constituted the appearance of a possible “gift of public funds.” This, compounded with the optics of corruption created from the process allegedly occurring behind closed doors and outside of the public eye, compelled me to immediately forward the information to the appropriate oversight entities.


Every taxpayer in Los Angeles County should be infuriated upon hearing the CEO is getting $1.5M handed to her and demand the following questions be answered:


• How is it not a conflict of interest for County contract attorney Skip Miller to have represented both the CEO and the Board in the same transaction?
•Was an initial complaint ever filed by the CEO putting the Board on notice of this alleged “hostile work environment?” Were the proper channels followed for reporting and investigation? What was the outcome of the investigation?
•Was an actual “Claim for Damages” ever filled by the CEO?
•Was an actual lawsuit ever filed by the CEO?
•Over the last 30 years, how many $1.5M+ settlements were awarded by the Board, based on an unproven allegation and zero litigation or Court action?
•Some would describe this as a backdoor way to give someone a “golden handshake” after they leave their position. Has this ever happened for other similar allegations? What proof exists to justify $1.5M?
•In addition to the $1.5M, the CEO has also demanded to receive full-time security for the next few years; how much will this cost taxpayers and what does that entail?


This news comes during a time when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other County Departments are facing major budget cuts that will result in huge layoffs.


I have vocally opposed the CEO’s actions because she has underfunded our budget, defunded our Department, and is presently recommending the layoff of 745 public safety employees. Yet I am rejecting the CEO’s plan, as I know there are other options which do not result in layoffs. As Sheriff, I was elected to fight for what is right, not for what is politically favorable.


Our Department is currently dealing with managing a catastrophic budget reduction and may face future layoffs. This is being done while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, fires throughout LA County, an increased murder rate, and on-going civil unrest.


Settling CEO Hamai’s allegations without a legitimate inquiry, bypassing standard procedure, gives the appearance of an illegal gift of public funds. A possible gift for someone who last year earned $684,704 in salary and benefits. A possible gift for someone whose early retirement is occurring far before the optimal retirement age.


The County should have allowed CEO Hamai’s case to run its course in a court of law, in order for the public to have learned about the facts of the case, just like they have in the past and will continue to do so in the future.


This appears to be a gross mismanagement of tax payer dollars during a pandemic where millions of Southern Californians are struggling to pay their rent, keep their healthcare insurance, maintain a job, and more importantly survive the COVID-19 pandemic. We should be working together to find ways to better serve the citizens of Los Angeles County and not allowing cuts to law enforcement that will damage the service and security to the citizens for years to come.


Sheriff Alex Villanueva


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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT EVICTIONS PROTOCOL

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT EVICTIONS PROTOCOL DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC August 19, 2020

As Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I am responsible for public safety while enforcing the laws of this state.  Effective March 4, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom issued both an Eviction Moratorium for individuals financially affected by this pandemic as well as a Stay at Home Order for all but essential workers.  As such, the Sheriff’s Department temporarily suspended serving all evictions, so as not to displace people while the Stay at Home Order was in place.

In May 2020, Governor Newsom began to ease stay at home restrictions throughout the state.  Now that the Stay at Home Order has ended and has not been re-instated, we are moving forward with the enforcement of evictions issued prior to the COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium.

Currently, the Sheriff’s Department is only serving evictions that were ordered by the court prior to March 4, 2020.  The Sheriff’s Department will not be serving any COVID-19 related evictions absent an ex-parte order.  In the near future, I plan to meet with Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile to discuss evictions.  This issue is of grave concern to me because we must balance the enforcement of orders of the court without contributing to the spread of the COVID-19 virus through increased homelessness.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva