Woman accused of shooting, killing man at northwest OKC apartment, police say
A woman was arrested on a complaint of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a man in Oklahoma City. According to police, at about 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, officers responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment near Northwest 122nd Street and North Rockwell Avenue. Officers learned a domestic-related altercation took place between the victim and the suspect. Sign up for our Newsletters The victim, later identified as 28-year-old George Bell, was shot during the altercation and pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect, a 28-year-old woman, was taken into custody and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a complaint of first-degree murder.
Citing a technicality, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it will not open a criminal investigation into the death last year of U.S. Army combat veteran Gregory Lloyd Edwards who was beaten, tased, pepper sprayed, strapped into a restraint chair and deprived of medical attention for 29 minutes.
The decision, communicated to Edwards's widow Kathleen Edwards in a November 19 letter, was provided to FLORIDA TODAY Wednesday by an FDLE spokesperson. It followed a review of the complaint by Kathleen Edwards that was referred by the Office of the Inspector General on November 6.
Man found shot to death at abandoned gas station in OKC, police say
Police are investigating after a man was found shot to death at an abandoned gas station in northwest Oklahoma City, officials said in a news release. According to police, at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Northwest 28th Street and May Avenue. They found a shooting victim, later identified as 34-year-old Quincy J. Covington, in an abandoned gas station parking lot in the area. Sign up forAccording to police, at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Northwest 28th Street and May Avenue. They found a shooting victim, later identified as 34-year-old Quincy J. Covington, in an abandoned gas station parking lot in the area.
It is unclear what the review of the FDLE's Office of Executive Investigations consisted of, or whether it included looking at any video footage from within the Brevard County Jail that captured the confrontation between Edwards and upwards of seven deputies on December 9, 2018. That footage has so far been exempted from public records disclosure by the Sheriff's Office.
Kathleen Edwards and several Brevard County community leaders have called for the release of the video, as well as an independent investigation into Edwards' death and his autopsy, which has also been called into question by experts.
2 dead, 1 hospitalized in southeast Houston triple shooting
Two people are dead and a third person is in the hospital after a triple shooting inside a home in Houston's Brookhaven area early Wednesday. Officers were called to the home in the 3800 block of Rosemont Street shortly after 5 a.m. to reports of three people shot. Paramedics pronounced two victims dead in the southeast Houston home while a third was rushed to a nearby hospital in an unknown condition. The suspected shooter fled the scene before officers arrived, according to police.No other information was available. Check back for updates as they come in.Jay R. Jordan covers breaking news in the Houston area. Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.
Kathleen Edwards could not immediately be reached for comment. One of her friends and neighbors, Brent Jackson, a US Army veteran, expressed disbelief at the FDLE's decision.
"I don't understand that," he said. "How do they justify that?"
In their letter, signed by FDLE Director Scott McInerney the agency said that "FDLE does not have any independent or lawful authority to interject into local law enforcement matters that have been or are already being investigated by local authorities."
"I agree they don’t have the authority to override an investigation but they do have the authority to investigate whether somebody’s rights have been violated," said law enforcement consultant and former Deputy US Marshal Randy Foster.
Girl shot during target practice in Titusville area, officials say
A 9-year-old girl is recovering in the hospital after she was shot during target practice, officials said.
That said, he had "no confidence" in the FDLE to investigate anything.
"It needs to be an FBI investigation because his civil rights were violated," he said, noting his own experience as a federal law enforcement agent responsible for thousands of violent inmates over 25 years.
"I dealt with America's most wanted, incredibly violent prisoners, murderers, mass murderers, terrorists, gang members, and never once did anyone die under my custody or supervision. And if they were injured, they would be given medical attention immediately," Foster said.
Edwards died following an altercation at the jail during his booking process on December 9, 2018. He was arrested at the West Melbourne Walmart for allegedly assaulting a charity worker. He appeared to be suffering from mental health issues related to his diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder at the time.
Foster sees a conflict of interest for the FDLE to investigate the Brevard County Sheriff's Office because Sheriff Wayne Ivey was a long-serving veteran of the agency until he ran for office in 2012.
Arrest made in November shooting death of Aliquippa man
State police said they have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of an Aliquippa man. Police arrested 24-year-old Javonte Simmons early Saturday. He is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 31-year-old Richard Jackson. Sign up for our Newsletters Police said Jackson was found dead on Cooper Street shortly after 7 p.m. Nov. 25. Simmons is being held in the Beaver County Jail, pending a preliminary hearing. More arrests are possiblePolice arrested 24-year-old Javonte Simmons early Saturday. He is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 31-year-old Richard Jackson.
"I say it over and over again: you can’t investigate yourself. There’s a conflict of interest if you investigate somebody who works for you or had worked for you," he said.
"If the FBI looks into it and says, ‘there’s nothing there,’ I can accept that. I think the FBI can be a lot more fair and objective," Foster said.
Jackson agreed, noting "seems to me that you’ve got the fox guarding the hen house. I guess it’s gonna take political pressure because something’s gotta happen."
Brevard Democrats spokesperson Melissa Martin, a retired Marine Corps Major, echoed their disappointment.
"It’s incredibly unfortunate, not only for the family but the integrity of the process itself," she said, adding: "There are a lot of questions that will apparently go unanswered."
"If you wanted to breed mistrust between people and their own law enforcement this is exactly how you do it," Martin continued.
Case of Maple Heights laundromat slaying headed to grand jury
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A grand jury will hear evidence in the case of an East Cleveland man accused in the slaying of a Maple Heights laundromat worker. Carl Sanders appeared via video from the Cuyahoga County Jail for his initial court appearance in the Dec. 2 death of 73-year-old Dave Brown. Common Pleas Court Judge Sherrie Miday kept Sanders’ bond at $1 million and assigned attorney James McDonald to represent him.Sanders is being held on charges of aggravated murder and weapons violation.Sanders attacked a group of women about 1 a.m. inside the Wash-N-Dry laundromat on Broadway Avenue with a weapon, Maple Heights police said.
An investigation by FLORIDA TODAY revealed the violation of at least 14 BCSO policies in the handling of Edwards, mostly related to the denial of medical attention following use of force.
Whether or not Edwards' autopsy will be subjected to review by the Medical Examiners Commission is unclear at this time.
Polk County Medical Examiner and Chair of the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, Dr. Stephen J. Nelson, as well as famed former New York medical examiner Dr Michael Baden, who recently questioned the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, have called into question the cause and manner of death ruling on Edwards' autopsy.
Edwards death was ruled an accident caused by “excited delirium” a controversial diagnosis associated mostly with police involved deaths.
upon reviewing Edwards' autopsy files.
FLORIDA TODAY confirmed the FDLE review on November 14. That same day, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office called an FDLE commissioner. Questions about that call to the BCSO Spokesman Tod Goodyear and Sheriff Ivey went unanswered. Instead they provided the following statement:
“Sheriff Wayne Ivey and the members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office remain unwavering in our commitment to protect our citizens and community!! It is our belief that ‘it takes a community to protect a community’ as we all work together to keep Brevard County a safe place to call home!!”
Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon is a watchdog reporter at FLORIDA TODAY.
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Child shoots mother in parked car at shopping plaza, Fort Lauderdale police say .
FORT LAUDERDALE - A mother was hospitalized early Thursday afternoon after her child shot her in the parking lot of a shopping plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale, police said. The accidental shooting happened at 1:45 p.m. at 2510 West Broward Blvd., a police spokeswoman said. Fort Lauderdale police have released few details other than "child got hold of a gun inside vehicle and accidentally shot mother.”The injured mother was taken to a hospital as a “trauma alert,” police said.Police did not disclose the child’s age or gender or whose gun it may have been.———©2019 Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)Visit the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at www.