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Family of Man Fatally Shot by FBI to File Wrongful Death Claim

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

David Coborubio was at his friend’s house playing video games in Los Angeles County when the FBI entered the house on Aug. 25 and fatally shot him in the chest.

The 31-year-old’s family plans to file a wrongful death claim against the FBI and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,  89.3 KPCC reports. 

The search warrant was for his friend, Paul White, who was wanted on a parole violation.

The family’s attorney said Coborubio ran toward the backdoor of the home when he and his friend saw an armed man at a gate at the end of the driveway.

Coborubio said she heard three gunshots, followed by someone yelling “FBI.”

“He lay dying on the door of my bedroom,” Martinez said. “He came to warn me. … I saw my baby at the door of my room dying.”

The FBI declined to say whether Coborubio was armed or if agents believed he was armed.

“In order to carry out a fair and objective investigation, we have not provided details beyond what was contained in the statement,” said spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

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LAPD Unlocked an iPhone While FBI Was Struggling to Open Another

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While the FBI struggled to break into an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department managed to unlock an iPhone 5S, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

A “forensic cellphone expert” helped bypass the security features on an iPhone belonging to the deceased wife of The Shield actor Michael Jace. The actor is accused of killing his wife.

Detectives wanted to gain access to the phone because the pair allegedly had an argument via text message.

It’s unclear how detectives managed to open the phone.

The FBI sued Apple to force the company to open the phone but the feds dropped the case after the bureau paid under $1 million to a hacking group to unlock the phone.

FBI Recovers Millions of Dollars Worth of Paintings Missing for 6 Years

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A joint investigation by the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department led to the recovery of nine paintings totaling million of dollars that had been stolen six years ago from the home of an elderly couple, Reuters reports.

The FBI arrested the 45-year-old suspect, Paul Espinoza, after an undercover agent posed as an art buyer interested in the stolen pieces, some of which were painted by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera.

Espinoza was arrested and pleaded not guilty to possession of stolen property in court on Oct. 27.

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Crackdown on Los Angeles Street Gangs Reveals Photos of Armed Children

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A young girl in pink pajamas is pictured pointing a Kalashnikov-style assault rifle.

Children also are posed flashing gang signs.

The chilling images were found when the FBI and LSAP officers conducted raids late last week targeting the Rollin’ 30s Harlem Crips gang, the New York Daily News reports.

More than 30 alleged gang members were arrested.

“It’s a culture of violence,” LAPD Cmdr. Bill Scott told reporters Thursday.

DEA Declines to Help LAPD Investigate Death of Suspect Under Federal Custody

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Los Angeles Police Department investigation into the death of a man while he was in the custody of the DEA has been virtually stalled because the federal agency has refused to cooperate with the investigation, the LA Times reports.

After analyzing records, the Times wrote that LAPD investigators can’t determine how the man’s injuries were inflicted without DEA assistance.

The LAPD believes the DEA may have caused the fatal injuries, which included 21 fractures on his ribs, while handcuffing the suspect. A coroner found that the blunt force caused internal bleeding.

A DEA spokeswoman said the Justice Department’s Inspector General also is investigating.

“It is not uncommon for an agent under multiple ongoing investigations to decline specific law enforcement interviews until an inspector general investigation is completed,” spokeswoman Dawn Dearden said.

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LAPD and FBI Agent Killed Unarmed Suspect

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An investigation is underway in the fatal shooting of an unarmed double murder suspect, who was shot and killed last week by Los Angeles Police and an FBI agent, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Initially, authorities said the man was armed. On Wednesday, the LAPD and FBI clarified the matter, the Times reported.

The incident happened last Thursday when three LAPD cops and an FBI agent were serving an arrest warrant for Frank Martinez, 27, the LA Times reported.

The paper reported that authorities initially said that officers and residents claimed they saw Martinez fire a handgun, but a further investigation found he had no gun. Authorities shot him on the roof of his garage.

“These are very chaotic scenes and the officers all reported they believed they were being fired on,” LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said, according to the Times “That’s why we have our Force Investigation Division, to sort through all the information, evidence and witnesses statements.”

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FBI Probe into LA County Jail Angers Sheriff

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Lee Baca was not happy about a cell phone that turned up in a Los Angeles County jail. Baca is the LA County Sheriff, and the cell phone was smuggled to an inmate — an FBI informant —  by agents of the FBI, according to the LA Times.

The Feds are investigating allegations of inmate beatings–including an incident in which deputies broke one inmate’s jaw and facial bones and beat another for two minutes while he was unconscious.

Baca had not been notified about the investigation. His spokesman, Steve Whitmore, says the investigation is unnecessary, and that sneaking a phone into the jail “is a serious breach of security that could put inmates, deputies and the public at risk,” according to the Times.

“Inmates that complain and say they’ve been brutalized … most of them turn out to be not what the inmate said occurred,” Whitman told the Times. “The ones that turn out to be valid are dealt with appropriately.”

Baca is expected to meet with Los Angeles U.S. Atty. André Birotte Jr soon to discuss the incident and the growing tensions between the department and the FBI, the LA Times reported. The police department has launched an investigation into the FBI’s role in “colluding with an inmate.”

This is the third federal investigation of the department in recent months, according to the Times, and the jails have faced a number of complaints over the past decade.

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FBI-LAPD Homicide Operation Chalking Up Dozens of Arrests

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A joint FBI-Los Angles Police operation aimed a cutting a backlog of gang-related killings is showing some results, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The paper reports that the joint operation, which began in July 1 and ends Sept. 30, has resulted in 43 homicide arrests.

And the paper reported that the effort has just resulted in 11 new murder charges being filed.

Veteran LAPD Det. Sal LaBarbera said he expects the operation to clear more cases in the next 10 days before the Sept. 30 deadline.