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The Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed An LAPD Officer Was On Purpose, Chief Beck Says
Police claim the hit-and-run crash that killed Officer Roberto Sanchez, 32, on Saturday, May 3 was intentional and the suspect has been charged with murder.
Sanchez and his partner, Officer Richard Medina, made a U-turn to follow a driver in a Chevy Camaro when they were T-boned by Mynor Enrique Varela, 20, in a Chevy Tahoe SUV. Varela then fled the scene. Medina has since been released from the hospital.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey stated in a press conference this morning that their investigation has led them to believe Varela rammed into the officers’ car intentionally in an effort to help his friend in the Camaro evade them.
Varela has been charged with one count of murder, among other charges. Varela’s brother, Bryan Varela, 19, will also be charged for leaving the scene of the crime, as he was a passenger in the Tahoe.
According to KTLA, neighbors near the scene heard the two cars driving recklessly - speeding and ‘doing donuts’ - before the officers arrived.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.