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Sheriff: Man tried to take deputy’s gun before fatal shooting that sparked protests

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A man tried to take deputy’s gun before the fatal shooting

Man tried to take deputy's gun before fatal shooting that sparked protests
Man tried to take deputy’s gun before fatal shooting

September 25, 2020 – CREDIT: By Richard Winton. Los Angeles Times

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — A man tried to take deputy’s gun before the fatal shooting of a Black man by two Orange County sheriff’s deputies during an altercation in San Clemente, captured on video, spurred a protest and the arrest of several activists who blockaded a street on Thursday.

At least five protesters were taken into custody when about 50 people demonstrated at the site of the killing.

A bystander’s cellphone video captured part of the encounter, during which a deputy is heard yelling, “he’s got my gun”

In a cellphone video of the shooting Wednesday, two sheriff’s deputies can be seen confronting the man, later identified as Kurt Andras Reinhold, in the middle of El Camino Real. The deputies then wrestle him to the ground. After one of the deputies yells, “He’s got my gun. he’s got my gun,” two shots can be heard in the video first posted by Local Story.

The video begins by showing deputies from a specialized detail that handles homeless issues seeking to corral Reinhold, 42.

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The deputies tell Reinhold that he is walking in the middle of the street. Reinhold then tells the deputies repeatedly, “Stop touching me, stop touching me.” Reinhold asks the deputies why they are trying to touch him. “Go sit down,” one of the deputies says. Reinhold refuses to comply and tries to walk past the deputies.

The deputies then push and grabbed Reinhold and wrestle him to the ground on a grass area on the sidewalk about 1:15 p.m. near the Hotel Miramar.

Reinhold wiggles on the ground as deputies try to apply their weight to him and restrain his arms.

A voice, presumably one of the deputies, then yells,” He’s got my gun, he’s got my gun.”

The video, shot by a bystander on the opposite curb, does not show enough detail to determine whether the man actually reached for the deputy’s gun.

But within a second, two shots can be heard on the video and the bystander recording the video says, “Oh my God.”

The deputies in a second video are then seen desperately trying to perform CPR on the man.

Sheriff Don Barnes said Thursday that Reinhold tried to unholster the weapon. “It is not clear if Mr. Reinhold was able to get the weapon out of the holster,” he said.

The sheriff displayed a grainy photo that he said showed the man grabbing the gun. Barnes said surveillance video from security cameras on a nearby business showed the man grabbing the weapon. The Times has not reviewed the video.

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“Obviously it ended in a way we did not hope,” Barnes said. “Weapon retention is one of the first things taught in the academy.”

Carrie Braun, a department spokeswoman, said she could not say what lead to the detention of Reinhold because deputies did not convey that information to the department as part of their statement on the shooting. She said that information will be gathered by the Orange County district attorney ‘s investigators who handled shootings by sheriff’s deputies.

Reinhold had lived in San Clemente for 30 days, the sheriff said, and had be approached about receiving shelter but declined.

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At Least 13 Shot, 1 Dead in Tenn. Grocery Store Shooting

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Collierville’s police chief called the shooting at Kroger grocery store “the most horrific event that’s occurred in” the city’s history.

September 23, 2021 – By Nelson Oliveira – Source New York Daily News

A gunman shot and killed at least one person and injured at least 12 more in a shooting Thursday afternoon at a Kroger in a Memphis suburb.

The suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Collierville police chief Dale Lane told reporters at a press conference.

The chief said officers were still working Thursday afternoon to locate all the victims from the mass shooting and determine their conditions. Lane called it “the most horrific event that’s occurred in Colliverville history” and said the 12 wounded people were transported to multiple hospitals with “very serious injuries.”

Neither the shooter nor the victims have been identified.

The first shots were fired around 1:30 p.m. local time, with the first police officers reaching the scene four minutes later, according to Lane.

After the shooting stopped, cops went room to room and aisle to aisle in search of employees and shoppers who had been hiding since the bullets started flying. At least one person hid in a freezer, while another escaped to the roof, Lane said.

The shooter’s car was in the Kroger parking lot, and police were waiting Thursday afternoon for equipment to fully examine the vehicle, Lane said.

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N.M. Police Officer Wounded in Shootout: ‘We Have to Do Better’

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A 22-year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department discussed the gunfight in a busy coffee shop parking lot that injured him and three other officers.

September 23, 2021 – By Elise Kaplan – Source Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

Speaking publicly for the first time, Sgt. Sean Kenny recounted the morning he was shot, squarely in the bulletproof vest, a little more than a month ago.

The 22-year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department also blamed the court-mandated reform effort for the high number of officers leaving the force, saying he’s not opposed to reform, but “it’s got to be smart. It’s got to be intelligent. It’s got to be workable.”


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“They don’t know I’m saying this. I’m challenging everybody in this room, everybody on this list, to do better,” Kenny said. “Because everybody can — from the brand new (officer) who makes that first arrest to the governor and everybody in between. We have to do better because we are failing. Everybody’s failing. APD is failing. Everybody, we’re failing.”

Kenny and three other officers were wounded — one critically — in a shootout in the parking lot of a busy drive-through coffee shop in Northeast Albuquerque. An armed robbery suspect, James Ramirez of Los Angeles, was also wounded and is facing federal charges. The shooting happened between sessions of the city’s Metro Crime Initiative and the mayor said Kenny asked to speak about his experience at a Tuesday news conference.

Kenny said that, on the morning of Aug. 19, he heard a call about an armed robbery that piqued his interest, but he was in the middle of doing paperwork at the Foothills Substation.

A short time later, he was asked to go to the scene because the sister of a person who was stopped had a complaint and asked to speak to a sergeant. By the time he got there, she was gone.

Then, officer Mario Verbeck called out that they had eyes on the suspects.

“So we all headed down that way,” Kenny said. “I came around the corner, and I see Mario and James Eichel running down, running down the alley … . When I saw them run down the alley, I whipped a U-turn. I’m heading southbound on Juan Tabo and I can hear the gunfire in my car over the radio. And there’s a lot of it.”

Kenny said he arrived at Dutch Bros Coffee and threw on his rifle plate carrier — basically a bulletproof vest.

“When the suspect popped up to my right, I’m in my driver’s seat. I’m not ready for this,” Kenny said. “I bailed out of the car, I watched my camera go skidding across the pavement. And the thought, literally, that goes through my mind — by now, Harry (Gunderson) and the suspect are shooting each other — is I’m going to get in trouble.”

Kenny said the gunfight lasted a minute-and-a-half to two minutes and, in the middle of it, the suspect reloaded.

“That was by far (and) away, the most terrified I’ve been in my life,” he said. “I didn’t think I was going to see my wife and my son again.”

Afterward, as police arrived and started tending to the wounded, an officer noticed Kenny had been struck in the chest. “I got a little notebook. He pulls it out. It’s got a hole in it. I’m like, ‘Yeah, I was hit and I’ll be blunt. I was a little foggy from there on out.’ “

Ramirez, Kenny said, is an example of someone who should not have been given a second and third chance.

“He knew what he was doing,” Kenny said. “One hundred percent — he had a ton of ammo, he had a ton of magazines and he was ready to go to war with somebody, whether it was us or the people that he robbed.”

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Man Shoots Calif. Officer Before Standoff with Police

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An Oakland police officer was taken to the hospital in stable condition after he was shot by a man who then barricaded himself before police convinced him to surrender.

September 22, 2021 – By Rick Hurd – Source Mercury News

A person shot an Oakland police officer early Wednesday morning and later barricaded himself before crisis negotiators were able to convince him to surrender, police said.

In a series of posts on Twitter, police said the officer was in stable condition at a hospital after being shot on Telegraph Avenue.

Police said they recovered a gun from the scene.

The suspect barricaded himself with a knife in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, police said. Negotiators and members of the Oakland Police Department’s mental health team went to the scene and convinced the suspect to surrender around 8:25 a.m., police said.

The suspect had some minor self-inflicted wounds from the knife, police said. Police later recovered the knife.

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