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Sacramento Cop Fatally Shot Responding To Domestic Disturbance Call

(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.

Incidents Of Domestic Violence Coming To Light In Shanahan’s Background

(Washington, DC-AP) — Domestic violence incidents from years ago are coming to light as Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan leaves the Pentagon.

Shanahan has pulled his name from consideration for a confirmed appointment as defense chief. The Washington Post reports Shanahan’s now ex-wife was arrested several years ago for allegedly punching him the face and trying to set his clothes on fire.

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William Shanahan, Patrick Shanahan’s son

In another incident, Shanahan’s son was arrested after allegedly hitting his mother with a baseball bat. Army Secretary Mark Esper will be the new acting secretary of defense.

Chiefs: DA Reopens Criminal Case Involving Tyreek Hill And Crystal Espinal

(Overland Park, KS-AP) – Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday a local prosecutor has reopened a domestic violence investigation involving suspended wide receiver Tyreek Hill after a TV station broadcast audio in which Hill and his fiancee discuss injuries to their 3-year-old son.

Reid and general manager Brett Veach both declined comment about Hill’s case and potential next steps involving their star player. The prosecutor, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, did not return a message.

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”I’m not going to have too much to add,” Veach said in response to multiple questions about Hill. ”As I said yesterday, we’re going to continue to gather information, evaluate information and, as I said yesterday, we’ll make the right decision when the time is appropriate.”

Police were called to Hill’s home twice last month and determined the child had been injured. On Wednesday, Howe said he would not  file charges against Hill or Crystal Espinal even though his office believed a crime had occurred . He said available evidence didn’t establish who had hurt the child.

”As a prosecutor, as a father of four, yes, it frustrates me when someone hurts a child and you can’t do anything about it,” Howe said then. ”One of the elements of a crime is you have to prove who that person is who committed the act.”

A day later, KCTV in Kansas City aired part of an 11-minute audio file in which Espinal tells Hill earlier this year that when the boy was asked about his injured arm he replied: ”Daddy did it.”

Hill denied any role in what happened to the child, saying: ”He says Daddy does a lot of things.”

Espinal also tells Hill their son is ”terrified of you.”

Hill replies, ”You need to be terrified of me, too, bitch.”

Later, Espinal asks Hill, ”What do you do when the child is bad? You make him open up his arms and you punch him in the chest.”

Howe has not responded to requests for comment about the audio recording, which the TV station said has been provided to his office. KCTV said the recording is believed to have been made in March when the parents were walking through an airport in Dubai.
The station said Espinal sent it to at least one friend and was shared with KCTV ”by someone who is concerned about the welfare of the couple’s child.”

Several media outlets reported that Overland Park police went to the Hill home on Thursday night after receiving an anonymous call from someone worried about Espinal. According to the reports, Espinal was fine and officers were at the home for only a short
time.

The Chiefs have suspended Hill while the team looks into the developments. The NFL could also punish Hill under its personal conduct policy.

Hill’s history with Espinal is well known. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in an incident involving his then-pregnant girlfriend the previous year.

The incident resulted in his dismissal from the Oklahoma State football team and he was put on probation until August 2018. He wound up playing at tiny West Alabama, where he juggled school and football with counseling sessions and other court-mandated service work until the NFL came calling.

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Hill, a fifth-round pick who is a two-time Pro Bowler, was part of a controversial draft class by the Chiefs and then-general manager John Dorsey in 2016.

The Chiefs also spent a third-round pick that year on cornerback KeiVarae Russell, who missed an entire season for violating Notre Dame’s honor code in an academic misconduct case; a fourth-round pick on wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who was suspended four times at Florida for drugs and other violations; and a sixth-round pick on Virginia Tech linebacker Dadi Nicolas, who was once charged with larceny and suspended for bumping an official. Among them, only Robinson is still on the roster.

Last year, the Chiefs released star running back Kareem Hunt following a video that showed him pushing and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway. Hunt is suspended for the first eight games of the upcoming season but has a one-year deal with Cleveland under
Dorsey, the Browns GM who signed Hunt while he was with the Chiefs.

“You Should Be Terrified Of Me Too, Bitch.” Tyreek Hill Claims Innocence In Child Abuse Claim, But Secret Recording Proves Otherwise

(Kansas City, KS) – Chiefs wide receiver an Pro Bowler Tyreek Hill is professing his innocence one day after prosecutors declined to charge him in a domestic incident in March that caused injuries to his 3-year-old son. Those injuries allegedly included a broken arm.
A taped conversation has now surfaced. It’s believed to be Tyreek Hill and the child’s mother Crystal Espinal having a conversation about the kid’s injuries.  Espinal is trying to tell Hill that the kid is terrified of him to which he says, “He respects me.”
Espinal again challenges his respect claim and says “No. He’s terrified of you.”  Hill responds by saying, “You should be terrified of me too, Bitch.”
Espinal then brings up the situation that led to the abuse claim. Apparently, she and hill were getting into it and the little boy said, “Daddy you’re mean.”  Hill then demanded that the kid come downstairs and he didn’t want to go because he was scared.  Espinal told the child to go on and go because if he didn’t, it would be worse for him.

Espinal: “He started crying and you were like, ‘Shut up, shut up, stop crying, stop crying.'”

Hill: “Right.”

Espinal: “And then he kept crying because he was scared. He’s terrified. You grabbed onto him somehow or he fell. One of the two.”

Hill: “I didn’t do nothing. That’s sad, bro.”

Espinal: “Then why does he say, ‘Daddy did it? Why?”

Hill: “I don’t know. He says Daddy does a lot of things.”

Espinal: “Like what? A 3-year-old is not going to lie about what happened to his arm.”

Later in the audio, Espinal describes how Hill makes the 3-year old open his arms and punches him in the chest when he cries. The little boy had made this claim to CPS as well.  Espinal also charges that Hill grabs the belt when the kid is in trouble. So Hill, then accuses Espinal of also hitting the child with a belt. She refutes that charge and asks him to detail any time in which he has seen her whip their child with a belt.
Hill then tries to say that his mother said she’s seen Espinal whip the child with a belt.
My question then, is, what does his mom think about him punching her 3-year old grandson in the chest?
The district attorney in Johnson County, Kansas announced Wednesday that he believed a crime was committed against the child, who has since been placed in protective care, but he could not conclusively prove who was responsible.
In a statement released by his attorney, Hill said, “My son’s health and happiness is my number one priority.” And he’s “working hard to be the best person for my family and our community that I can be.”
KansasCity.Com reports, Attorneys further commented that their client has maintained from the beginning that he was “innocent of any crime.” The attorneys — Trey Pettlon, Ryan Ginie and Julius Collins — also said Hill has been working with authorities. “Contrary to some media reports, Tyreek cooperated with law enforcement, waived his Fifth Amendment rights, and answered questions from both law enforcement and DCF (Department for Children and Families),” the attorneys said in the release.
“Unfortunately, due to laws related to confidentiality, as much as he would like to, he cannot comment regarding specific allegations.” News had surfaced in mid-March that Overland Park police took two reports at Hill’s Johnson County home, one for battery and the other for child abuse and neglect. The police reports, dated March 5 and March 14, both involved a juvenile.
Hill, the 25-year-old star wide receiver for the Chiefs, has a history of domestic violence.
  • In 2014, Hill reportedly punched and choked Espinal, who was then eight weeks pregnant with their son. He was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team. He pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in August 2015, and received three years probation. The Chiefs selected Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The conviction was dismissed last August and ordered to be expunged after he completed his probation requirements.
Hill could still be subject to discipline from the NFL, which has yet to publicly comment on the matter.

Near Atlanta: Boyfriend Kills Himself, Pregnant Girlfriend And Her Teen Son After Barricading Himself Inside Home For 17 Hours

(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.

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.

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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.

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.

Ray Rice Done With Football, Talks Domestic Violence

(New York, AP) – Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says he’s not speaking out against domestic violence as a way to rejoin the NFL. Appearing Tuesday in a ”CBS This Morning” interview with his wife, Janay, Rice said he sees similarities with himself after a video showed Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel last month. Hunt was released by the Chiefs.’‘Well, obviously, you know, you look back and you see the similarities,” Rice said. ”Early on you could feel like `Why they keep bringing my name up?’ You can make excuses or you can actually do the hard work,” Rice said.
Rice was dropped from the team after he was captured on videos punching, kicking and dragging his then-fiancee from an elevator in 2014.”I hate that person. I hate him. Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, `Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other – I actually got my second chance,” Rice said, when the couple married weeks later.
Janay Rice said she had no idea she was in an abusive relationship until she was forced to think about it. She said she has never seen the video in which Rice beat her. She said it was the first and only time he physically abused her.”I was there. I lived it. I don’t really need to relive it over and over again just to appease the world,” she said.Rice denies he’s looking to get back on the field.”Well, see that for me, is something that I understand why it was being said early on about, you know, is this a ploy to get back into football. And I’ll be the first one to say it. I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football. The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most,” he said. He has met with the NFL and shared his story as part of the league’s domestic violence education program.”I know they are working with groups to try to get more of an understanding. And they’re doing the work,” he said.

Frightening Details Emerge In Domestic Violence Case Against Celtics’ Guard Jabari Bird

(Boston, Mass) – Frightening specifics are coming to light about a domestic violence situation that resulted in Jabari Bird being arrested for assault. Bird just signed his first full-time NBA contract but he may not ever hit the court.
According to reports, prosecutors said the Celtic’s guard struck a woman at least a dozen times over a four hour period in a home in the Brighton area. She was able to escape after he suffered from seizure like symptoms and passed out.  The woman reportedly moved him to a bed and left in a friend’s car.  He later reached out to the victim and threatened to kill himself if she didn’t return to the apartment.
He released the following statement:
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As for what he did to the victim, the allegations are disturbing.  He’s accused of throwing her against the wall, kicking her in the stomach, strangling her until she lost consciousness, assaulting her and dragging her away from the door when she tried to leave.
He was released on a $100,000 bail and faces charges of strangulation, assault and kidnapping.  With the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement, Bird will receive paid leave.
He’s due back in court on October 25th.

Florida Woman Charged With Setting Boyfriend On Fire

(Altamonte Springs, FL) – A Florida woman is facing an attempted murder charge after allegedly setting her ex-boyfriend on fire during Easter dinner. Investigators say Shivon Perez invited the victim over to her Altamonte Springs apartment, and while waiting to eat, she asked him to fix a leaking pipe under the sink.

While he was down on the ground, detectives say she poured an accelerant on him and set him on fire with a blow torch. According to police, Perez had placed boards over all the window’s in the one-bedroom apartment. She had told Atkins it was to keep the light out.

She locked the doors so he couldn’t leave, and he suffered severe burns on his chest, neck, face, arm and hand. Atkins reportedly was able to push past Perez and barely escaped.

Perez was arrested after treatment at a hospital for smoke inhalation. Investigators think it might have been an attempted murder-suicide.

Trial To Begin For Man Charged In 2012 Killing

(Lancaster, CA) – Trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday at the AV Courthouse for the defendant accused of killing a 21-year-old Lancaster man during a street brawl. Cedric Burton Jr. pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Burton walked through the crowd and shot Brandy Houston in November 2012.

The incident occurred during a domestic dispute between Houston and his live-in girlfriend. Burton was arrested in May 2016 while entering the Lancaster courthouse on an unrelated case. He could face the death penalty if he’s found guilty.

Burton also faces special circumstance allegations of lying in wait as well as gun and gang allegations. Prosecutors convicted three other men involved in the brawl of second-degree murder. All were sentenced in 2014 to potential life sentences.

Ex-TCU QB Trevone Boykin Arrested For Aggravated Assault

(Mansfield, TX) – (AP) Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested Wednesday at his North Texas home and charged with aggravated assault after his girlfriend accused him of beating her severely at his home. Boykin was arrested at his Mansfield, Texas, home after Mansfield police reviewed footage of a March 21 incident captured by Boykin’s security video system, according to a police statement.He’s been booked into the Mansfield city jail and remains without bond, pending arraignment.
The Seattle Seahawks released Boykin from its practice squad Tuesday after WFAA-TV in Dallas posted an interview with Boykin’s girlfriend in which she alleged he broke her jaw. Boykin, 24, has denied the allegations, and his agent Drew Pittman told the station the allegations are false. Calls to Pittman by The Associated Press went unanswered Wednesday.
The assault allegation is the latest off-field issue for Boykin,who has spent his NFL career with Seattle.He was arrested in Dallas last year when a vehicle he was a passenger in hit several people on a sidewalk. He fled the scene on foot but was later arrested on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and possession of marijuana.In 2015, Boykin was arrested for assaulting a police officer and public intoxication shortly before the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio during his senior season at TCU. Boykin, who was the team’s quarterback, was suspended for the bowl game.