Kentucky off-duty officer shooting and killed by impersonator, police tell

( CNN) An off-duty police officer died Thursday insouthwestern Kentucky after a human impersonating an officer shoot him, in agreement with the Hopkinsville Police Department.

Meacham was taken to a local hospital Thursday but he died from his injuries, told Trooper Rob Austin with the Kentucky State Police.

After an hours-long manhunt, law enforcement killed suspect James K. Decoursey about 30 miles south of Hopkinsville, the Logan County Sheriff’s office said.

‘Turn yourself in, ‘ authorities plead in road rage killing

( CNN) Bianca Nikol Roberson had just left a mall where she’d been shopping for new clothes for college.

Her car and a red pickup truck tussled on the road and now she’s dead in what police are calling a road rage incident.

“A man in the red pickup truck pulled out a gun and shooting her in the head, killing her, ” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.

Jordan Edwards’ father sues officer in fatal shooting

(CNN)The father of Jordan Edwards, the 15-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a Texas police officer last month, has filed a lawsuit alleging that excessive force from a poorly-trained officer with a “violent temper” led to his son’s death.

Police officials say Roy Oliver, then a Balch Springs officer, killed Jordan as the teen rode in a car with his stepbrother and brother on April 29, after leaving a house party.
Oliver was fired on May 2 and prosecutors charged him with first degree murder three days later. He turned himself in and remains free on a $300,000 bond.
    The suit, filed in federal court in Dallas, alleges that the City of Balch Springs, its city council, mayor and police chief “failed to properly train, supervise, screen (and) discipline” officers who “are known, or who should have been known, to engage in the use of excessive force.”
    And Oliver, a 6-year veteran, had a “reputation for having a short fuse,” according to the suit, which cited Oliver’s disciplinary record.
    “Oliver’s violent temper, a fact defendant City of Balch Springs was aware of or should have been aware of, led to the wrongful death of Edwards,” the lawsuit said.
    The legal filing names Oliver, the city of Balch Springs and its police force as defendants and seeks unspecified damages.
    City Manager Susan Cluse declined to comment. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Mayor Carrie Marshall and Oliver’s attorney couldn’t be reached.

    Suit: Oliver ‘began shooting into vehicle’ as it drove away

    On April 29, Jordan had attended a private party with his two brothers and two friends. Jordan did not drink while at the party, the lawsuit said. He and the group were outside when someone in the crowd announced that police had been dispatched. They headed to their car.
    Around 11:00 p.m., Oliver and another officer responded to the home after reports of underage drinking. The officers were in the residence searching for the homeowner when they heard what they thought were gunshots, police said.
    One officer went to the area where he heard the gunshots, and Oliver “went to his squad car and retrieved his patrol rifle,” according to an arrest warrant issued by the Dallas County Sherriff’s Office.
    At some point, Jordan’s stepbrother heard what he thought were gunshots as he tried to drive off, the suit said.
    The arrest warrant said the other officer with Oliver saw a Chevrolet Impala reversing and repeatedly ordered it to stop.
    The officer approached the vehicle from the passenger side, with his weapon drawn.
    The vehicle stopped, then slowly moved forward as the officer punched the passenger door window, breaking it, the arrest warrant said.
    Oliver, who was behind the officer, “discharged multiple rounds from his patrol rifle as the vehicle drove past him,” the arrest warrant said.
    The lawsuit alleges that as Jordan’s step brother pulled forward ahead of the officers, he heard someone order him the stop, shouting an expletive. But before he could react, Oliver “began shooting into the vehicle with a rifle as they attempted to drive away,” the suit said.
    The suit alleges that Oliver “had no probable cause” to believe Jordan was committing a crime, and neither the teenager nor his group posed a threat to officers’ safety.

    Suit: Jordan’s stepbrother handcuffed after shooting

    One bullet struck Jordan in the head, throwing him to his left side on his stepbrother’s shoulder, the suit said.
    Fearing for their lives, Jordan’s stepbrother continued driving until he was surrounded by police. Jordan’s stepbrother was “grabbed, handcuffed” and put in the patrol car “despite not committing a crime,” the suit said.
    At one point, the suit alleges that one unidentified officer told the stepbrother “this n***** doesn’t know his fucking left from his right,” after he inadvertently stepped left instead of right when he got out of the car.
    Dallas civil rights attorney Daryl K. Washington, one of the attorneys who filed the suit, said the encounter illustrates how police treated the teenagers.
    The suit also alleges that a Balch Springs police officer at the scene of the shooting attempted to cover up for Oliver.
    Washington said he has not ruled out a racial discrimination case. He said he hopes body camera footage from every officer on the scene that night might help the family build its case.
    Jordan died from a fatal gunshot wound to the head, the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office said. His death has been ruled a homicide.

    Suit: Officer not fired despite ‘multiple violations’

    Last week, Balch Springs police chief Jonathan Haber admitted he “misspoke” when he initially said the car Jordan was riding in was moving “aggressively” towards police — leading one officer to fire his rifle into the car. He said body camera footage showed the car was driving forward, away from the officers — not reversing towards them.
    He said Oliver’s actions then “did not meet our core values.”
    Edwards’ attorneys argue that “despite Defendant Oliver’s conduct prior to Edwards’ death, he remained a Balch Springs Police officer and was not terminated despite his conduct and multiple violations of departmental policies.”
    The Dallas County district attorney’s office had filed a complaint over his “aggressive behavior” and suspension in a prior drunken driving case, according to the court filing.
    The lawsuit also cites a reprimand against Oliver for being “disrespectful to a civilian on a call.” Oliver was involved in an April 16 traffic accident while off duty. The other driver said Oliver pulled his hand gun on her and did not identify himself as a police officer, according to the suit.
    The suit also alleges that the Balch Springs Police Department failed to give Oliver sufficient training on the use of deadly force and proper arrest and confrontation techniques.
    On Saturday, family and friends gathered for Jordan’s funeral at Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church.
    He was remembered as a standout student-athlete at Mesquite High School, near Dallas.
    Correction: Daryl K. Washington, a civil rights attorney who filed a civil suit regarding the death of Jordan Edwards, said he has not ruled out filing a racial discrimination claim. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that a discrimination claim was not under consideration.

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    Will Smith’s final hours: Time line of deadly New Orleans shooting

    (CNN)What started out as a fun day at a festival changed drastically in a matter of hours for former NFL player Will Smith.

    The one-time defensive end for the New Orleans Saints was shot dead after a traffic crash Saturday night. Suspect Cardell Hayes, 28, is accused of killing him after they “exchanged words” in the street.
      As police investigate the shooting, a time line is emerging from interviews, records and police statements about what happened that night. Here’s a look at what we know and what we don’t:

      7:44 p.m.

      Will Smith posts a selfie on Instagram. The photo’s caption says he and his wife, Racquel, are “having a blast” at the French Quarter Fest in New Orleans.

      Having a blast at the #fqf2016

      A photo posted by Will Smith (@iwillsmith) on Apr 9, 2016 at 5:44pm PDT

      9:45 p.m.

      The Smiths arrive at Sake Cafe on Magazine Street to join a group of friends at the restaurant. Dining with them are former New Orleans police Capt. Billy Ceravolo, former New Orleans Saint Pierre Thomas, a sports agent and the restaurant’s former owner, according to the restaurant’s general manager.
      “They were telling jokes and enjoying themselves,” general manager Dave Matherne says. Between seven people, they shared three bottles of wine and about $400 in high-end sushi, he says. And they weren’t drunk or even tipsy when they left, according to Matherne. In fact, he says, “they seemed perfectly OK.”
      Ceravolo was among a group of officers named in a 2006 lawsuit Hayes filed over his father’s death. So far, police say that case doesn’t have anything to do with Saturday’s events. But they’re still investigating.
      What we don’t know: What will details from police toxicology tests reveal? How did Ceravolo and Smith know each other?

      11:15 p.m.

      The group leaves the restaurant. Will and Racquel Smith are in a silver Mercedes SUV; another man and woman are in the car with them, according to police. Two friends are in a gray Chevrolet Impala.
      What we don’t know: Who was in the vehicle with Will and Racquel Smith? Who was in the Impala? What role did they play — if any — in what happened Saturday night?

      11:21 p.m.

      Surveillance footage shows a silver Mercedes SUV trailing an orange Hummer on Magazine Street. The Hummer stops abruptly, and the Mercedes pulls up quickly, too, possibly hitting the Hummer from behind. Both vehicles are at a standstill briefly until the Hummer starts to pull over; the Mercedes, though, goes around and drives off.

      That crash causes Smith’s SUV to hit the Impala, according to police. Two of Smith’s friends are inside the Impala and are not injured in the incident.
      Smith and Hayes “exchange words,” according to police.
      What we don’t know: What did Smith and Hayes say to each other? How did the situation turn violent?

      11:29 p.m.

      Police receive a call of “shots fired” in the area of Felicity Street and Sophie Wright Place.
      On a video recorded at the scene and obtained by CNN, a woman screams, “I need an ambulance! My leg has been shot!” Police tell bystanders they want to speak with witnesses who saw what happened.
      That video also includes a witness claiming that two people shouted about having guns during an altercation before the shooting.
      Police recover one gun at the scene: a .45 caliber handgun.
      “During the argument,” police say, “Hayes produced a .45 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking Smith and his wife.”
      Police later said they found two more weapons: a loaded gun inside Smith’s vehicle and another loaded weapon inside Hayes’ Hummer. There’s no sign either weapon was fired.
      What we don’t know: What role did the other weapons play? Who did they belong to?

      11:33 p.m.

      A 911 dispatcher describes a call that just came in. “Complainant states that there’s a male down with about six gunshot wounds to the chest.”
      That man is Smith, who dies at the scene.
      What we don’t know: Who made that 911 call, and what was their involvement in the incident? Were there other 911 callers? And if so, what did they describe?

      11:35 p.m.

      Police radio that the suspect is in custody. “I think we’ve got the shooters on the scene. We’ve got one gun recovered on the scene.”
      Detectives transport Hayes to the homicide office for questioning before taking him to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Central Lockup and booking him on a murder charge.
      Later, police say that they don’t believe a man with Hayes that night had anything to do with the shooting.
      What we don’t know: Who was the man with Hayes, and what is his version of events?

      12:43 a.m. Sunday

      New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer Michael DeMocker tweets a photograph that shows a distraught Thomas at the scene of the shooting.
      “I witnessed a close friend, teammate and a man that I thought of as one of my big brothers in the NFL shot to death over a F***ING FENDER BENDER!!!! Why!? I just don’t get it,” Thomas wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday.
      He didn’t go into details about who did what the night of the shooting.
      “My heart is heavy,” he says, “and I wish I could turn back the hands of time.”
      What we don’t know: What did Thomas tell police about the shooting, and the events that preceded it?

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      Man charged with smuggling tiger cub into US

      ( CNN) A California man has been charged with smuggling a Bengal tiger cub into the United States from Mexico. He told examiners he wanted to keep the tiger as a pet, the United States Attorney’s Office said.

      Under federal statute, all species of tigers — including Bengal tigers — are endangered species. A Fish and Wildlife Service permit is required to import any species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

      Luis Eudoro Valencia, 18, of Perris, California, told federal authorities he bought the tiger cub on August 21 for $300 from a human he saw on a Tijuana street walking a full-size tiger on a leash.

      ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ duo called home to say goodbye, hostages say

      (CNN)Hours before a shootout that stopped a multistate crime spree, police say, a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde burst into one more home and held their last captives as Florida law enforcement officers pursued them.

      The duo kept the residents — a Pensacola couple and their 2-year-old daughter — inside with them at gunpoint Thursday night and, after explaining their situation, used the homeowners’ phones to call relatives to say goodbye, the residents say.

        Both saw the end coming, one of those residents says.

        “They were under no illusion,” Ian Gunnell told CNN affiliate WIAT on Friday. “They were in a bad place and they knew things were going to go bad.”

        Sometime after taking over the Gunnells’ home, Blake Edward Fitzgerald and his girlfriend, Brittany Nicole Harper, stole the family’s vehicle and drove east into the next county, where police caught up with them early Friday, leading to standoff in which officers shot and killed Fitzgerald and took an injured Harper into custody, authorities said.

        Authorities say Fitzgerald, 30, and Harper, 30, both of Missouri, went on a crime run that included kidnappings and robberies in Alabama, Georgia and Florida over at least five days.

        The pair were characterized by media and law enforcement as a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, after the infamous Depression-era outlaws. The U.S. Marshals Service had offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to their arrests.

        End of the road in Florida

        Police said they began catching up to Fitzgerald and Harper on Thursday night, when someone reported a robbery in Pensacola, a coastal city in Florida’s panhandle.

        Witnesses reported a description of the vehicle the robbers were in, and after police saw the vehicle, a chase was on, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said.

        The vehicle was found abandoned Thursday night in a Pensacola neighborhood. It was at about that time, the Gunnells say, that Fitzgerald and Harper entered their home with a gun.

        After some tense moments, everyone settled down, Ian Gunnell told WIAT.

        “They were telling us why they were here,” he said. “They were on the run, in trouble, needed somewhere to stay right now.”

        Harper talked to the Gunnells’ 2-year-old daughter, said Ian’s wife, April.

        “[She] kept saying, ‘It’s OK, it’s OK. I know you’re frightened,'” April Gunnell told WIAT.

        Fitzgerald and Harper left in the Gunnells’ truck, and the family called police. Authorities saw the truck on Interstate 10 at about 12:35 a.m. Friday, and Escambia County sheriff’s deputies chased the truck into neighboring Santa Rosa County, Morgan said.

        Fitzgerald and Harper left the truck and tried to enter a home; Escambia County deputies shot and killed Fitzgerald outside and arrested Harper, Morgan said.

        Morgan said his deputies “returned fire.” State Attorney Bill Eddins, in a news conference Friday, declined to say whether Fitzgerald fired or pointed a weapon, but said a preliminary examination of the evidence indicated the shooting was justified.

        The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting, as is standard procedure, Eddins said.

        Harper was being treated Friday at a hospital with unspecified injuries. Eddins said police were in the process of arresting her on preliminary charges of home invasion robbery, false imprisonment and grand theft auto.

        Hotel kidnapping, vehicle thefts

        Authorities say one of the spree’s earliest incidents happened on the morning of January 31 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

        Fitzgerald and Harper entered a Microtell Inn, where they told a clerk they were stranded and asked to get coffee and use a computer, said the Mircrotel’s manager, Rikesh Patel.

        The pair eventually robbed the clerk at gunpoint, and then forced him into his own vehicle, which they stole and drove to Hoover, Alabama, police said.

        In Hoover that morning, with the clerk still with them, Fitzgerald allegedly pointed a gun at a woman in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant and demanded the keys to her vehicle, Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector said. But the woman refused and got the attention of someone else, so Fitzgerald and Harper drove away again in the clerk’s vehicle, with the clerk still inside, Rector said.

        They eventually dropped the clerk off in a neighborhood in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, about 60 miles from Tuscaloosa, said Vestavia Hills police Lt. Kevin York.

        Then, York said, Fitzgerald parked the vehicle and walked to a home, where he put a gun to a man’s head and forced the man’s wife into the couple’s Ford Edge. Fitzgerald drove the Edge with the woman inside, and picked up Harper, York said.

        Fitzgerald and Harper dropped the woman off in her bathrobe behind a medical center unharmed, York said.

        “Thankfully, no innocent member of the public has been physically harmed by this modern-day Bonnie and Clyde,” said U.S. Marshal Martin Keely in a press release Thursday.

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        Leslie Van Houten, Manson Family member, recommended for parole

        (CNN)After 19 denials, Manson Family member Leslie Van Houten is a step closer to being free, after a parole board panel recommended her release, a spokesman for the California department of corrections said Thursday.

        The full Board of Parole Hearings will review the decision during the next four months, then could send the case to California Gov. Jerry Brown, according to corrections spokesman Luis Patino.
          “I went in and Mrs. LaBianca was laying on the floor and I stabbed her,” said Van Houten, who was 19 at the time of the murders. “In the lower back, around 16 times.”
          Van Houten reportedly has apologized to the LaBianca family.
          She was not directly involved in the killings of five people at the home of film director Roman Polanski, near Hollywood. Among the victims that night was Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate.
          Van Houten, 66, was convicted of being involved in the conspiracy of those killings and for the murders of the LaBiancas the next night.
          She has been described as a model prisoner who worked with other inmates and who earned a college degree.

          What happened to the rest of the Manson family

          Charles Manson — The 81-year-old remains at a California state prison in Corcoran. He, like Van Houten, had received the death penalty, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison.
          Charles “Tex” Watson — He, along with Van Houten, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel, murdered the LaBiancas. At age 70, Watson remains at Mule Creek State Prison. He has been denied parole 16 times.
          Susan “Sadie” Denise Atkins — She was implicated in the Tate and LaBianca murders. She died in prison in 2009.
          Patricia Krenwinkel — She also had her death penalty commuted. The 68-year-old remains at the California Institution for Women. She has been denied parole 13 times.
          Bobby Beausoleil — He was convicted of the murder of Gary Hinman. He is serving a life sentence and currently at a Vacaville, California, medical facility.
          Bruce Davis — He was convicted of the murders of Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. He is serving a life sentence and had his parole reversed by Gov. Brown in 2014.
          Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme — She was convicted in 1975 of pointing a gun at then-President Gerald Ford. She was sentenced to life in prison and was released on parole after serving 34 years in 2009.
          Steven “Clem” Grogan — He was released on parole after revealing the location of the body of ranch-hand Donald “Shorty” Shea, who was killed in 1969.

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          Suspect in deaths of 2 at New Mexico library called a ‘hurting’ youth

          Clovis, New Mexico (CNN)A gunman walked into a public library in eastern New Mexico on Monday afternoon and opened fire, killing two employees there.

          “He just started unloading pretty much the whole clip,” said Sam Nathavong, who told CNN affiliate KRQE that he was in a room studying when he heard the shots.
          “I threw the table against the door and I barricaded myself in there,” Nathavong said. “I thought he was coming my way and by then the cops got there.”
            As gunfire erupted at the Clovis-Carver Public Library just after 4 p.m. local time, police arrived to the scene to confront the shooter inside the library.
            The gunman was arrested without firing anymore shots, according to police.
            “He gave up. He didn’t resist,” Clovis Police Chief Douglas Ford said at a news conference.
            Police arrested high-schooler Nathaniel Jouett, 16, who is expected to face first-degree murder charges.
            Prosecutors said Tuesday they intend to seek adult criminal charges against Jouett, who they say shot and killed two library employees, Wanda Walters, 61, and Kristina Carter, 48. Three adults and a 10-year-old child were also wounded.

            Girlfiriend: Suspect was distraught over bullying

            Davena Stevens, Jouett’s 16-year-old girlfriend, told CNN that Jouett was distraught over what she described as a bullying incident at school on Friday. Police Chief Doug Ford said that incident, which led to Jouett’s suspension, is part of the investigation.
            Jouett has not commented on the allegations. He will appear in juvenile court later this week.
            Stevens said she received a Snapchat from Jouett the afternoon of the shooting, saying he would be over to her house at 4:30 p.m. But when news of the shooting hit, and Jouett was nowhere to be found, she rushed over to the Jouett house.
            “They said two of his dad’s guns were missing, and right then I knew it was probably him,” Stevens said.
            Police wouldn’t confirm where the guns used in the crime came from, saying that’s part of the investigation.

            The victims remembered

            On Tuesday night, community members gathered at a church to pray and remember the victims.
            Walters had worked as a circulation assistant at the library.
            “She cares about the people who come in here,” said Nathan Pruett, a Clovis resident who frequented the library and was fond of Walters.
            “She prayed for me and my mom who had a stroke,” Pruett said. “And now I’m here praying for her family.”
            Carter worked in youth services at the library. Her family told KRQE that she loved working at the library and reading to kids.
            “I’ve heard so many wonderful stories about them, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” said Gov. Susana Martinez, who visited the four wounded victims recovering at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital.
            Clovis mayor David Lansford called the shooting”such a senseless tragedy, and there isn’t a reason for it.”
            “When it’s all said and done you can come up with a lot of explanations, but I don’t anyone will ever be able to put a reason on why these kinds of things happen.”
            Clovis, a city with an estimated population of 40,000, boasts itself as the home of Cannon Air Force Base. The city is about 200 miles east of Albuquerque and is an agricultural and rail hub on the New Mexico-Texas state line.

            Who is the teenage suspect?

            Last month, Jouett stood over a podium, sobbing as he told a congregation about his life during an evening church service at the Living Word Church of God, where Jouett had attended.
            “I hit rock bottom, and the only good thing about hitting rock bottom is you can only go up,” Jouett said to a chorus of “Amens.”
            “Let it out,” one member of the congregation said during Jouett’s roughly half-hour testimonial. A video of it was made available to CNN by the church.
            Much of it centers on Jouett’s estrangement from his biological mother.
            “I was really sad,” he told the congregation, of the period when they first became estranged. “I took a knife up and down my chest,” he said.
            Jouett rediscovered church life about four months ago and had recently been baptized, his girlfriend said.
            “How do you go from getting baptized to shooting up a place?” Davena Stephens said Tuesday.
            Jouett’s father, Chris, and his stepmother spoke briefly to CNN on Tuesday outside the Clovis Police Department. They declined to comment publicly.
            Associate Pastor Paula Stevens, whose daughter, Davena, is dating Jouett, said of the alleged crime, “I’m not minimizing what he did. What he did was terrible and lives are forever destroyed. I just want people to know… he’s a hurting young kid who was at his breaking point.”
            “I think we didn’t have enough time,” she said. “And somewhere along the way we missed something.”

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            Robin Williams and Tupac did what?

            ( CNN) The names of two suspects were far from usual when police apprehended three Albuquerque, New Mexico, men and confiscated thousands of dollars’ worth of marijuana.

            State troopers pulled over Robin Williams, 21, Tupac Crum, 19, and Erick Harris Jr ., 22, as they were heading north on State Route 87 near Payson, Arizona.