A California dad said he has received death threats after social media posts falsely identified him as a suspect in the weekend ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, according to a new report.
Following the Saturday night shooting of the male and female officer inside their patrol car in Compton, social media posts circulated that identified Darnell Hicks as a possible suspect — calling him “armed and dangerous,” KTLA 5 reported.
The posts included Hicks’ driver’s license photo, address and license plate number.
Hicks, also a youth football coach, said he was out dirt-biking all day Saturday, but people “put my face out there real fast.” He initially thought he was being pranked when people he knew started sending him the “be on the lookout” post.
But then he realized it was no joke.
“You know, I have two daughters,” Hicks told the station. “I don’t even feel safe taking them out no more now.”
Hicks, of Compton, added that the misidentification has also affected his livelihood.
“I’ve got my own clothing line. I do a lot of business on my own,” Hicks said. “People [are] looking at me differently now.”
In a Sunday tweet, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the posts — which were gaining traction — were “erroneous.”
“There was some bad information floating around yesterday about a suspect,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a Monday briefing, according to the local station. “All that information is false.”
Hicks’ attorney, Brian Dunn with the Cochran Firm, claimed the damage is already done for his client, who “has no connection whatsoever” to the shooting.
“Any person would suffer greatly when falsely accused of a crime, especially a crime as heinous as this,” Dunn said.
Shortly after the shooting, authorities described the suspect only as a “dark-skinned male.”
“He simply has been thrown into this pit, for … nothing other than the color of his skin,” Dunn said of Hicks.
“There has been a complete blackout in terms of the information, where it has come from,” he added. “Nobody has taken responsibility for it.”
Hicks said his prayers are with the deputies — Claudia Apolinar, 31, and her partner, 24, who were both shot at close range while sitting inside their patrol car in a chilling caught-on-video ambush. Apolinar made a tourniquet for her partner before medics arrived.
Both deputies are out of surgery and are expected to survive in what Villanueva called “a double miracle.”
Hostage talks in Oregon end with 3 dead, including 11-year-old
Three people were shot dead in Oregon — including an 11-year-old boy — after hostage talks abruptly ended and officers stormed the house, according to authorities.
Deputies in Salem initially made contact with suspect Jose Jesus Lopez-Tinoco, 34, Monday afternoon and attempted to “resolve the situation peacefully,” according to the Oregon State Police (OSP).
The Marion County officers forced entry after hearing gunshots — and “one deputy fired a yet to be determined number of rounds” as he stormed the property, the OSP said Tuesday.
Inside, Lopez-Tinoco was found dead “with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” state police said.
Two others were also fatally shot — Diari Bustos-Bustos, 24, and an 11-year-old boy who is not being identified.
A woman identified as Laura Rocio-Bustos, 43, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries from gunshot wounds, while a 13-year-old boy was rescued uninjured, police said. No deputies were injured.
It was not revealed if any of the injuries were believed to have been from the officer’s shots. Officials also did not reveal what sparked the hostage situation, nor the relationship between Lopez-Tinoco and the victims.
The deputy who opened fired, Ricky Kittelson, was placed on administrative leave “as per protocol,” the force said.
“Oregon State Police will continue the investigation and does not expect to release any more information without approval or direction from the Marion County DA,” the OSP said.
Man stabs NYC straphanger with screwdriver during robbery attempt
A brute pummeled a Queens straphanger and stabbed him with a screwdriver when he refused to hand over his wallet this week, cops said.
A 42-year-old man was standing on the Manhattan-bound platform of the Sutphin Boulevard station around 4:30 p.m. Monday when a stranger went up to him and demanded cash, according to police.
The victim reluctantly handed over $5 before both men boarded a train, police sources said.
But then the suspect wanted more — the victim’s wallet, according to the sources.
When the victim refused, the other man repeatedly punched him in the head, causing swelling and bleeding.
He also stabbed him in the right arm with a screwdriver, cutting him, according to police.
The attacker bolted from the train at the next stop, Briarwood, cops said.
A surveillance image shows him hopping over the turnstile at that station. He was still at large Tuesday.
Trump campaign adviser Brad Parscale’s guns may be taken away
Fort Lauderdale police are moving to take away Trump campaign adviser Brad Parscale’s guns after his arrest Sunday, according to a report.
Pascale, 44, had 10 guns in his $2.4 million waterfront home when he barricaded himself in the house with a loaded gun, prompting his wife to run to safety and have a neighbor dial 911 to report a possible suicide.
Cops recovered two shotguns, two rifles, a .22-caliber revolver and five other handguns, according to reports.
Now, police said they’ll file to take Parscale’s weapons under Florida’s Red Flag Law, which was enacted following the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Miami Herald reported.
“Our threat response unit detectives are in the process of submitting this petition,” Fort Lauderdale police Sgt. DeAnna Greenlaw told the outlet.
The law permits cops or relatives to confiscate weapons if the owner could present a danger to themselves or others.
Police have to file a petition with the court to confiscate the weapons, which the department said it will do.
Parscale was involuntarily hospitalized under the state’s Baker and Marchman acts.
The Baker Act allows police to hold an individual for psychiatric investigation if they pose a danger to themselves. The Marchman Act allows intoxicated individuals to be held for up to five days.
Parscale was drunk and armed when his wife, Candice, called police to the Seven Isles home Sunday. She told cops the two had been arguing when he loaded one of his guns, sending her scrambling outside.
Candice Parscale also told cops that her husband has hit her in the past.
The caught-on-video arrest shows an apparently drunk Brad Parscale eventually walk out of the house shirtless and holding a beer, to be tackled by a SWAT team member and taken into custody.
Fort Lauderdale police did not immediately reply to an inquiry on whether the Red Flag Law petition had been filed.
Parscale remains an adviser on the Trump campaign.
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