(Broward County, FL-AP) — Two Florida sheriff’s deputies who responded to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school have been fired for neglect of duty.
An internal affairs investigation into police response to the February 2018 shooting shows that Broward County deputies Edward Eason and Joshua Stambaugh failed to meet Sheriff’s Offices standards.
Three others were accused of neglect of duty but were found not guilty. In the meantime the school’s former resource officer Scot Peterson faces criminal charges of felony child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury. He did not go into the school building after hearing gunshots.
(Sacramento, CA-AP) — A Sacramento, California police officer is dead after a man with a rifle opened fire while officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call.
The female officer was shot while other officers were helping a woman collect personal belongings so she could leave her home.
Police say the shooter was armed with a rifle and kept officers pinned down for more than 40 minutes while the wounded officer lay in a yard. An armored vehicle rescued her and she was taken to a hospital where she later died.
(Parkland, FL-AP) — A former school safety officer is under arrest for failing to confront the gunman in the Parkland, Florida shooting. Florida authorities are charging Scot Peterson with multiple counts of child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury.
Peterson worked as a school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were fatally shot by gunman Nikolas Cruz in February of 2018.
A 15-month investigation revealed that Peterson retreated during the active shooting and directed other law enforcement to stay away from the building. Peterson was booked into Broward County Jail and his bail will be set at 102-thousand dollars.
(Virginia Beach, VA-AP) — The public is getting a chance to see the email the Virginia Beach shooting suspect sent hours before his attack.
On Friday, DeWayne Craddock sent an email announcing he was putting in his two weeks notice to leave his position as an engineer with the city of Virginia Beach. The 40-year-old cited “personal reasons” for his departure, but said “it has been a pleasure to serve the City.”
Hours later, Craddock shot up the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, killing 12 people. He died after a shootout with police.
(Highlands Ranch, CO-AP) — A parent in one of the classrooms where a school shooting took place on Tuesday is describing the scene. Brad Bialy told the New York Times his oldest son, Brendan, and two other students saw one of the suspects enter their classroom and pull a gun out of a guitar case.
He said the three of them tried to tackle the gunman, but one of the boys was shot in the chest. Nine students at STEM School Highlands Ranch were shot Tuesday and one of them died. Police announced they arrested 18-year-old Devon Erickson and a 17-year-old male they did not identify because he is a juvenile.
The two suspects did struggle with police, but neither was injured. The kindergarten-through-grade 12 charter school has more than 18-hundred student and specializes in teaching science, technology, engineering and math. It is located about seven miles from Columbine High School, the site of a school shooting in 1999 that left 12 students and one teacher dead.
Police said the shooters were deep inside the school when they began shooting. They said they used handguns and that all of the victims shot were at least 15 years old. They did not identify the person who died but said it was an 18-year-old male. Two of the victims are listed in serious condition and two are in stable condition. Four of those shot were treated and released.
(Charlotte, NC-AP) — The 22-year old man accused of killing two students at UNC Charlotte is being charged with murder. Four others were injured when gunfire erupted inside the Kennedy Hall Building late Tuesday afternoon.
The CMPD said early this morning that Trystan Terrell is in jail on two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder among several other charges. The school’s chancellor called it the worst day in the history of the university.
While all campus activities have been canceled for today, there will be a vigil for students, alumni, faculty, staff and allies at 6 pm local time.
(Stockbridge, GA) — A standoff that started Thursday morning around 11am ended with four people dead in Stockbridge. Authorities were responding to a domestic violence call in Henry County at the Eagles Landing Subdivision in Stockbridge.
When police arrived at the house, the suspect, 47-year old convicted felon Anthony Bailey opened fire shooting officer Keegan Merritt in the hand and another officer Taylor Webb in the chest and the hip. The officers were air lifted to Grady Memorial hospital and were in the Trauma unit at last check.
The two officers were shot after one saw blood on the driveway, running from underneath the garage door and a woman’s bloody lifeless body through the glass. They forced their way into the home. Upon entry, they were fired upon. Bailey then yelled, “Don’t come in here. Don’t come in here. Do not come in here. I got a lot of shots. I got a hostage. I got a hostage.”
Dozens of law enforcement officers from the Henry County Police Department had the home surrounded with heavy artillery.
Officer Keegan Merritt
Officer Taylor Webb
They were willing to wait and negotiate for as long as they could after family members informed them their 16-year old nephew, Arkeyvion White, was still in the home.
The nephews’ aunt is the one who called 911 after she was attempting to enter the home and found her pregnant sister, 39-year old Sandra White, dead in the garage. The shooter, who was the victim’s boyfriend, told authorities he would release the boy but as hours pressed on it seemed unlikely that he would do so.
According to some accounts, last night police decided to make a move and fired gas into the home where the boyfriend responded by firing shots once again at officers. He had threatened earlier to shoot at anyone who approached the house. But at this point, officers were willing to take that chance and started their attempts to enter the residence.
At 3 this morning, they finally entered the home and found dead Bailey and Arkeyvion in an upstairs bedroom. Sandra’s body was still in the garage.
Sandra White and her 16-year son Arkeyvion. (Photo Courtesy of the Family)
Family members say that all was well the day before the incident and that they, including the boyfriend, were planning a big baby shower for this weekend. Reportedly, the pregnant victim was due to give birth to a son named Antonio on April 29th. The pregnant victim’s sister said that she wasn’t happy in the relationship though and that yesterday the boyfriend had been asked to leave and he refused.
Sandra White was a nurse at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Sophomore Arkeyvion White was an honor roll student and football player at Dutchtown High School.
Bailey was a convicted felon who served two years in the 90s on an aggravated assault conviction.
(AP) – More celebrities are throwing their weight behind finding the killer of a Houston seven-year-old. Actresses Gabrielle Union and Sophia Bush took to social media saying it was important for police to capture whoever killed Jazmine Barnes.
KPRC reports former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is teaming up with a Houston cop to cover the funeral costs for Barnes’ family, while Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is giving Barnes’ family his game check. Barnes was shot to death last Sunday while riding in a vehicle with her family. Activist Shaun King and attorney Lee Merritt have raised a 100-thousand-dollar reward in hopes of finding her killer.
(Bakersfield, CA) — More arrests are unfolding in the killing of a Newman, California police officer. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the suspect in the shooting of Officer Ron Singh was arrested today near Bakersfield.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga was located at a home in Lamont, which Youngblood says had been under surveillance. Arriaga’s brother, Adrian Virgen, was arrested in Hanford in connection with the case. Arriaga’s co-worker, Erik Razo Quiroz, was arrested in Modesto.
Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh was shot and killed on Wednesday during a traffic stop. He leaves behind a wife and 5-month old baby. Both were immigrants, one legal one not.
(Matthews, NC-AP) — Family members of the teen gunned down at a high school in North Carolina are disputing allegations that their son was a bully. Police say ninth grader Jatwan Cuffie shot and killed tenth grader Bobby McKeithen yesterday at Butler High School in the town of Matthews over what Police Captain Stason Tyrell said was a case of bullying that had “escalated out of control.”
Today the McKeithen family says the stories and rumors about Bobby being a bully are not true, and add countless friends and teachers have spoken out saying he has never been known as a bully. Bobby’s father said he has remorse for the Cuffie family because they will lose their child to the system. Cuffie is being charged as an adult in the case.