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Dramatic Florida video shows driver hitting 2 cars after running red light

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Dramatic video that police in Florida posted Monday on Twitter captured a driver running a red light and slamming into two cars without stopping.

Traffic cameras were rolling around 6:45 p.m. last Saturday night when a driver plowed into two cars driven by people who had the green light at a Sarasota intersection while a police officer was there and witnessed the crash, Fox 13 reported.

Sarasota police posted the video writing, “We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. We need drivers to #StopOnRed.”

Police added, “Thankfully there were no major injuries.”

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Police said the driver who caused the crash received a citation for running the red light.

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Police said the crash was still under investigation and the driver could face charges, Fox 13 reported.

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Thousands of court cases under review in Ohio after former judge allegedly came to work drunk

More than 2,700 court cases heard by a former southern Ohio judge could be re-examined after the judge’s family accused him of repeatedly coming to work drunk.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the state public defender’s office was overseeing the review of all 2,707 cases before Scioto County Common Pleas Court Judge William T. Marshall, 62, which involved prison time or other court supervision. At least 1,200 of those cases reportedly were heard since Marshall was first hospitalized for alcoholism in 2013.

As the Enquirer reported, Marshall’s family filed guardianship papers in February that sought control of his personal and financial affairs. They argued that Marshall “reportedly has had many occasions where he either failed to appear for work as a common pleas judge or showed up to work while under the influence” and claimed that without a guardian, the judge would “want to return to drinking and continue his self-inflicted death sentence.”

Messages from Fox News seeking comment from Marshall or his attorney were not returned.

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Court documents indicated that Marshall has been hospitalized at least three times since 2013 and was ordered to rehab as part of his sentence for driving under the influence following a car crash.

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Former Scioto County Common Pleas Court Judge William Marshall (Facebook)

“That’s [2013] when we have concrete evidence that his drinking was severe enough to be severely interfering with his life and potentially with his ability to make fair choices from the bench,” Ohio Public Defender Tim Young told the Enquirer.

Scioto County Prosecutor Shane Tieman expressed skepticism about the review, telling the Enquirer that “I don’t think there are going to be that many if any cases that have problems. Everything is written down, recorded on video and on audio … obviously [Marshall] had an issue but that it won’t turn out to be as big an issue as they are making it.”

In March, the Enquirer published an investigation indicating Marshall was involved in a sex-trafficking ring based in the southern Ohio city of Portsmouth. The report cited a federal wiretap affidavit against a prominent local defense attorney, Michael Mearan, that alleged Mearan promised his female clients that he would arrange lenient sentences and probation requirements for them from friendly judges and parole officers so long as the women would agree to be pimped out.

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The affidavit mentioned a judge, whom some women identified to the Enquirer as Marshall, who acted “in collusion” with Mearan and received women from him. Three different women said they had been approached to either have sex with Marshall or work as a prostitute for Mearan.

The judge denied any involvement, telling the Enquirer: “Are you serious? I would never do anything like that.”

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Marshall spent 16 years on the state bench before his retirement last year. Weeks later, the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct suspended Marshall from practicing law for six months after the judge “improperly confronted” Ohio State Highway Patrol officers who had written his daughter a speeding ticket.

“I didn’t like the trooper,” Marshall told a county prosecutor when asked about his behavior, according to The Enquirer. “He didn’t listen to me. There used to be a code in this county  – I’m a judge and he shouldn’t have written my daughter [the ticket.]”

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NYPD officers’ suicides prompt top cop to cite ‘mental health crisis’

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[Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).]

The commissioner of the country’s largest police force said the department has a “crisis” on its hands after three officers killed themselves in 10 days.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill described the situation Friday as a “mental-health crisis,” and said that law enforcement as a whole “must take action.”

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His remarks followed the death of Officer Michael Caddy, 29. The officer killed himself around 3:50 p.m. on Friday outside of the Staten Island precinct where he worked.

Caddy, a six-year veteran of the force, used a gun to shoot himself inside of a car, the Daily News reported. He was going through a divorce, and leaves behind his wife and a young child.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONG VETERANS INCREASING AS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES GO UNTREATED, STUDY FINDS

Deputy Chief Steven Silks, a 39-year NYPD veteran who was described by O’Neill as “one of the most capable and dependable cops this profession has ever seen,” was found dead in Queens on June 5 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The following day, the body of Detective Joseph Calabrese, 58, was found in Brooklyn. Chief of Department Terence Monahan said Calabrese “kept New Yorkers safe for nearly 4 decades.”

The suicides, the police commissioner said, “cannot be allowed to continue.”

“Cops spend so much of their days assisting others. But before we can help the people we serve, it is imperative that we first help ourselves,” he said, urging those who might need help to seek mental health assistance. “Accepting help is never a sign of weakness — in fact, it’s a sign of great strength.”

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Mayor Bill de Blasio shared similar sentiments, urging members of the NYPD to “reach out” for help in times of need.

According to Blue H.E.L.P., a non-profit organization that tracks law enforcement suicides, at least 91 police officers have killed themselves in 2019. Over the course of the last decade, 48 NYPD officers have committed suicide, The New York Times reported.

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Human trafficking victims call upon advocates for care

Human trafficking is an issue so complex and wide-ranging that law enforcement alone isn’t enough. Combating these crimes and helping the victims demands the efforts of advocates who operate outside the normal duties of the justice system.

Even government agencies as vast and well-funded as the FBI come up short in their efforts to address every aspect of crime prevention and victim rehabilitation. Case in point: The vast network of advocacy groups relied upon by the FBI to help meet the hierarchy of needs for human trafficking survivors.

“I think that if you do this work for very long, as many of us have, you realize that no one agency can do it all, particularly with these kids, these victims, because their needs are so varied and complex,” Kathryn Turman, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s victim services division. “The NGOs (non-governmental organizations) play a wonderful role because they can raise money, they can provide long-term services.”

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Kathryn Turman, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Victim Services Division.

The problem has attracted swarms of advocates and activists dedicated to education, prevention and post-trafficking care for survivors.

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is an organization founded in 2009 by long-haul truckers to stop the proliferation of sex trafficking among their ranks. The organization hopes to stop trafficking by lessening the demand for trafficking among truckers.

“I see myself as part of a mobile army, and we travel our nation’s highways and byways and we work in conjunction with law enforcement,” Gary Smith, an ambassador with TAT said. “There’s a lot of us daily out on these roads than there is law enforcement.”

Theresa Flores is a sex trafficking survivor who founded the group Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.). Her organization functions in several states and puts on outreach programs during large events, like Super Bowls and political conferences, which often attract traffickers.

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Theresa Flores, the founder of Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution.

Additionally, S.O.A.P. partners “with local organizations to distribute millions of bars of soap wrapped with a red band that gives the National Human Trafficking Hotline number … and resources to high-risk motels,” according to the organization’s website.

“The subproject is a part of many different coalitions and collaboratives,” Flores said. “We’ll go into a city in a state that we’ve never been to, but we have to part with others that are local. That’s what we want to do because when we leave, we want them to continue on the efforts. It’s not just a one-time shot.”

THE ‘VILLAGE’ OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES BATTLING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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The bars of soap passed out to motels in high-trafficking areas by Theresa Flores and her advocacy group, S.O.A.P.

Another organizer who has devoted her professional life to fighting trafficking is Andrea Powell. She’s been working with victims of trafficking since 2003, when she founded FAIR Girls, an international anti-trafficking organization. More recently, she started Karana Rising, a Washington D.C.-area nonprofit dedicated to helping survivors of trafficking heal and find meaningful education and employment.

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“We focus on providing young people who were at risk or have experienced trafficking with job skills, life skills and a connection to the community to help them either overcome or stay safe from situations of trafficking,” Powell said of Karana Rising.

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Sheriff’s deputy in Fort Worth, Texas, dies after found with ‘significant’ head injuries

A sheriff’s deputy with 19 years on the job died Friday night after being found with “significant injuries to his head” following a shooting in Fort Worth, Texas, according to reports.

Deputy Keith Shepherd was found wounded inside his personal vehicle in the Tarrant County sheriff’s office parking lot, across from the county jail, around 9:30 p.m., FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

He had been expected to return from his break about two hours earlier, the Dallas Morning News reported.

MISSOURI MAN, SHOT BY POLICE AFTER ALLEGEDLY FIRING GUN AT HIS CHILD’S MOM, IS CHARGED WITH POSSESSING FIREARM

Shepherd was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the report said.

Authorities were investigating in the area Friday night and were collecting video from all cameras within a three-block radius of the crime scene, the station reported.

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Emergency vehicles are seen in the parking lot of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department in Fort Worth, Texas. (FOX 4, Dallas-Fort Worth)

No suspect was immediately identified and no motive was immediately suspected.

“We’ve just got to follow the facts until we understand what happened,” Sheriff Bill Waybourn told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The chief declined to speculate on what exactly may have transpired in the parking lot.

Shepherd was assigned to the department’s detention staff, Chief of Staff David McClelland told the Star-Telegram.

“I can tell you what I know about Keith is that he had a great reputation at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office,” Waybourn told the newspaper. “He was a strong leader. He was loved. He was a great husband and a good father.”

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Waybourn said he did not believe the public was in danger, even though a suspect had not yet been apprehended.

“We’re confident it will unravel soon,” the sheriff told the Morning News.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Missouri man, shot by police after allegedly firing gun at his child’s mom, is charged with possessing firearm

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A Missouri man, shot by police during a domestic violence dispute, has been charged with domestic abuse and firearms possession. Authorities say he’d shot at his child’s mother during a confrontation.

Police received complaints on Wednesday that Erron Williams, 31, got into an argument with the woman with whom he shares a child at their home in Maryland Heights, a St. Louis suburb. Williams, said to have been armed, reportedly threatened the woman with the child present, saying, “We are going to shoot it out.”

MISSOURI SUSPECT SHOT BY POLICE AFTER SHOOTING AT MOTHER OF HIS CHILD, AUTHORITIES SAY

The dispute continued outside and Williams again threatened the woman, according to authorities, saying, “You think I won’t shoot you while we are outside?”

After the woman tried to drive away with their daughter, Williams, a convicted felon, fired at the vehicle, but no one was injured and he fled the scene, according to the probable cause statement from the St. Louis County Police Department.

On Thursday, further investigation into the dispute led investigators to Williams’ job. When he was apprehended by police and officers tried to arrest him, “he was seen grabbing at his waistband trying to produce a weapon which he ultimately does produce,” St. Louis County Police Sgt. Ben Granda said.

“When he gathers that weapon, turns it towards officers, an officer discharged his weapon, striking that suspect.”

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Williams, still in the hospital as of Friday, has been charged with one count of first-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He is being held on a $200,000 cash-only bond.

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Tensions high as Memphis community tries to return to normal after police shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A sense of calm has been restored in this city after a night of violent clashes between police and protesters following the police-involved shooting of a black man.

But the mood remained tense.

Thursday night, a day after the shooting death of Brandon Webber, 20, some residents of the Memphis community he lived in shouted their frustrations through a bullhorn on the same street where a violent clash between protestors and police erupted.

Community activist, Casio Montez, who knew Webber personally, said he was outraged by the shooting death and sympathized with the deceased man’s family.

“Nobody knows what them folks [are] feeling right now,” Montez said of Webber’s family. “You don’t understand that pain.”

Montez said Webber was a “good young man” who had graduated from Central High School in Memphis and had completed a couple of years of college. He said Webber was also a father of three who simply wanted provide for his family.

“Somebody dropped the ball,” he said angrily. “A life was lost – a child – 20 years old. He was just beginning to see life.”

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Police retreat under a cloud of tear gas as protesters disperse from the scene of a standoff after Frayser community residents took to the streets in anger against the shooting of a youth by U.S. Marshals earlier in the evening, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)

But police portrayed Webber differently, saying he was a violent criminal who was the main suspect in a savage shooting.

In a press release, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the United States Marshals – Gulf Coast Regional Task Force had tried to take Webber into custody on several warrants out of DeSoto County, Miss. stemming from a shooting and car theft that occurred last week.

DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion said during a press conference that Webber allegedly shot someone five times and stole his red Infinity after the two met to work out a potential sale of the vehicle on June 3.

“It was every intent of Mr. Webber to kill our victim,” said Chief Scott Worsham, Hernando Police Department. “He’s still alive by the grace of God.”

The victim, who is hospitalized, was able to identify Webber for authorities who tracked him and the car down in Memphis on Wednesday, police said. U.S. Marshals encountered Webber as he was getting into a vehicle. While attempting to stop him, officials allege Webber rammed his vehicle into the officers’ vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon.

The officers claim that’s when they fired their guns, striking and killing Webber.

“There’s no doubt we were dealing with a violent individual,” Champion said.

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Community members aren’t buying it.

Frank Gottie said the relationship between the community and police was irreparable until officers are held accountable for their actions.

“Hold these officers accountable for what they’re doing,” said Gottie. “When we kill each other, they hold us accountable. We need to hold them accountable.”

MEMPHIS POLICE OFFICERS INJURED IN UNREST FOLLOWING OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

Protests broke out in the city’s Frayser neighborhood after Webber was shot. Protestors threw bricks and rocks at a line of police officers and their patrol vehicles. Officers tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas. Police said three arrests were made.

At least 36 officers and deputies were injured during the Wednesday night clash, police said Thursday. According to the Memphis Police Department’s Twitter account, 15 department cars were damaged.

As the community slowly returns to normal, at least one resident said he is hoping that police and community members can make amends.

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“I think in time we will get together, but it’s going to take time,” said Alonzo Kyle. “Right now, everyone is mourning.”

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‘Live PD’ creator says the show helps hold police accountable but that ‘negativity is what gets attention’

A&E’s big bet on “Live PD” in 2016 paid off and the show became one of the most popular on the network. However, its creator is proudest of the conversation the series has sparked about law enforcement in America.

For those unfamiliar, “Live PD” is hosted by Dan Abrams, Tom Morris Jr. and Sgt. Sean “Sticks” Larkin as camera crews follow various police and sheriff’s departments around the United States to document what happens every Friday and Saturday night on patrol.

Unlike other police ride-along shows, everything happens live and viewers get to see calls from beginning to end in real time. In addition to being one of cables most-watch series and being No. 1 in DVR viewership, “Live PD” is in a rare position to highlight law enforcement across the country in an incredibly honest light.

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LIVE PD Hosts Dan Abrams, Tom Morris Jr., and Sean Larkin on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York.

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“Live PD” creator, executive producer and Big Fish Entertainment President Dan Cesareo told Fox News that the series started with a simple idea based on a very big concept – law enforcement accountability.

“We came across an article in a development meeting that was about officers live-tweeting from patrol. We kind of stepped back and started thinking about it. The reason they were live-tweeting was because they wanted to keep their community informed and aware of what was going on,” Cesareo said. “We sort of thought, ‘If these departments are willing to live-tweet from patrol, would they be willing to let live cameras in?’”

With that, the idea for “Live PD” was born. As it continued to grow in popularity, Cesareo noticed fans’ opinions of the show can be “a bit of a Rorschach Test” in that some will watch and find the officer’s conduct inappropriate, while others will watch the same scene and place all the blame squarely on the suspect.

“I think one of the successes of the show is that we very much approach it like we’re documenting what these officers or deputies and Sherif’s offices are doing on a night-to-night basis, but we’re neutral. We don’t have an opinion,” he said. “For us, I think the most important thing is that people are actually having a conversation about it. We want a dialogue. It feels like we reached this point where there was no dialogue. I think, when you look at any profession, you have people that are exemplary at their job and people that are incredible at what they do, and people that aren’t so great at what they do. Unfortunately, we live in a world where the negativity is what gets attention.”

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‘Live PD’ creator Dan Cesareo told Fox News that the show started out of a desire for police to document themselves.

He is quick to give credit to both the show’s crew as well as the various law enforcement agencies that agree to let cameras film every weekend knowing it’s a big public relations risk given the increased climate of police scrutiny.

“Those were hard conversations in the beginning, to get departments to want to throw in and let live cameras in,” Cesareo explained. “But we’ve gotten to the point where, departments and Sheriff’s Offices and state agencies were looking at their team and saying, ‘We have a great team that goes out every night and works hard and does a really great job. We feel comfortable being transparent and letting the cameras in. What do we have to lose?’”

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Although Cesareo says he’s incredibly proud of the conversation that “Live PD” has sparked in America, he’s also aware that viewers continue to tune in because they want to see some exciting police work and the human drama behind policing a community. The show’s lack of editing constantly offers raw moments that wouldn’t make it onto other police shows. However, it also leaves room to showcase the slower nights on the job.

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“You never know what’s going to happen, a show can start off a little slow and then the craziest thing can happen just before 10 p.m. It’s the only show on TV where the endings aren’t written. There’s nothing else like it,” he said. “We really approached the show as a math problem. How many officers do you need to be riding with on a given night in how many different locations to always feel like there’s a new call or there’s something new happening every 3 to 5 minutes?”

While “Live PD” helps bring police accountability to the screen, the “Live PD” cameras have stirred controversy as well. However, the series’ creator believes that as long as they continue to be there as documentarians, the show acts as a net-positive for these communities.

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“For me, I think the presence of our cameras is a good thing. I would much rather have them there documenting what’s going on than not being there,” he explained. “All of this stuff is happening with or without the cameras. Sometimes, any sort of… criticism from any of these communities, I think at times is completely unfair. People just don’t want to acknowledge what might be happening down the street from their house.”

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Memphis police officers injured in unrest following officer-involved shooting: reports

Several police officers suffered minor injuries Wednesday night after a crowd reacted to an officer-involved shooting in Memphis, Tenn.

At least three police officers were loaded onto ambulances, FOX 13 of Memphis reported.

The city’s police department tweeted that the unspecified number of officers were receiving medical attention from paramedics at the scene.

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Police reported that they had received a call for assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service earlier in the evening.

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Officers from the Memphis Police Department and other agencies responded Wednesday evening to crowd unrest in the city’s Frayser neighborhood, reports said.

The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported that a “tense standoff” developed between law enforcement and residents after a shooting in the Frayser neighborhood.

Law enforcement agencies would not disclose the victim’s identity or medical condition, but two local politicians identified the victim as Brandon Webber and said that he had died, the newspaper reported.

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As the crowd grew restless, several gunshots were heard and police officers were seen with shields and batons.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) also responded, FOX 13 reported.

The NAACP tweeted that the organization was monitoring events in the city.

The crowd began to disperse around 10 p.m., the Commercial Appeal reported.

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California deputy shot while getting food at Jack in the Box has died, officials say

Southern California sheriff’s deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano, who was shot and critically wounded on Monday while getting food at a fast-food restaurant, has died, officials announced.

Solano, a 13-year-veteran deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, died Wednesday afternoon surrounded by loved ones.

Rhett Nelson, a 30-year-old Utah man who his family had reported missing, was identified as the suspected gunman, investigators said.  He was arrested a day after the shooting when his father called authorities to turn him in.

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Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano has died, officials said. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

“We have the suspect in custody,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference Wednesday.

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“We are continuing processing all the information, all the evidence to present a solid case for prosecution,” he added.

Nelson was suspected of walking into a Jack in the Box restaurant in the eastern Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra on Monday night and shooting Solano in the head.

The 50-year-old deputy was off duty at the time. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital in grave condition and doctors put him on life support, Villanueva said.

Solano was not wearing anything that would identify him as a law-enforcement officer and investigators said the shooting appeared to be random.

He added that there was “no prior knowledge, there’s no indication that he knew that the person was a law-enforcement officer.”

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Rhett Nelson, 30, of St. George, Utah, was arrested by Long Beach police. Surveillance footage showed the suspect accused of shooting an off-duty deputy.  (LA County Sheriff’s Department)

He continued, “The deputy was alerted in the restaurant that someone was following him and that’s when he turned to confront it and that’s when the shooting happened.”

Villanueva added, “The motive or rationale from the suspect, that’s a million-dollar question.”

Long Beach police took Nelson into custody Tuesday after he stopped at a church and called his father in Utah, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Capt. Kent Wegener said.

“In that call, he referred to committing a murder in Southern California,” he added.

Wegener said Nelson’s father called police who traced the call to the church, and shortly thereafter, Long Beach officers spotted him in a car near the church and arrested him without incident.

Investigators said they were looking into whether he killed another man an hour earlier on Monday in what appeared to be another random attack.

Chief Michel Moore with the Los Angeles Police Department said a 30-year-old man standing on a street near downtown Los Angeles on Monday was shot and killed after somebody inside a vehicle “had a brief exchange with our victim” and “gunfire erupted.”

He added that Nelson’s description and the car he was driving matched those seen at both shootings.

At the news conference Wednesday, Villanueva acknowledged police also were investigating whether Nelson was linked to numerous armed robberies in the San Diego area.

“It’s an astonishing level of violent crime in such a short period of time and we can only think that but for this last incident that crime spree may have continued,” said Villanueva.

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“But, we’re fortunate that the father of the suspect made a very key phone call to the Long Beach Police Department that allowed us to put the resources together to detain him so there were no further victims in this person’s crime spree that didn’t look like it would be abated until he was actually arrested.”

Nelson’s father issued a statement on Tuesday saying he was “saddened beyond words” by the shooting “and to learn that our son Rhett is being held in connection with this horrifying and senseless attack.”

He said his son disappeared on May 26.

In a May 30 Facebook post, Nelson’s father said his son “has a history of opiate abuse and has been clean for about 6 months, but we know what a terrible struggle that is. We are praying for his safe return.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Nelson did not have a violent criminal history in Utah but previously had pleaded guilty to driving with a “measurable amount” of a controlled substance in his body.

Solano was most recently assigned to the department’s custody division. Villanueva described him as a family man well-liked by everyone who worked with him.

“Not only did I lose a father figure but a best friend,” Solano’s step-daughter told reporters on Wednesday as she held back tears. “I would like to thank everybody who has supported us, sent us prayers, and the whole entire law enforcement.”

His son also got emotional as he spoke at the news conference calling Solano “a really good dad.”

Solano’s girlfriend called the attack a “senseless tragedy” and thanked law enforcement for “apprehending the perpetrator.”

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She added, “Although the outcome was not what we wished it to be, we have solace knowing that he is in a better place now.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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