"It’s a sad day in the city of Los Angeles to have lost an officer," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
*Last night, approximately 200 hundred Los Angeles Police Officers including men from the elite Metropolitan Division, SWAT Team, responded to a location in Los Angeles, where a suspect had telephoned the Los Angeles Police Department, to report that he had shot and killed (murdered) three members of his own family and was holding three others against their will. *
*The responding officers were unable to immediately confirm, that persons had been murdered at the location. *
The suspect, who was armed, barricaded himself inside the location. The Officers who responded to the location, formulated a tactical and a rescue plan, which included a dynamic tactical entry. The SWAT team officers executed that plan.
The SWAT officers believing that the suspect posed an immediate threat, in an effort to naturalize that threat and rescue any victims inside the location, without regard for their own personal safety, entered the location and engage the armed suspect.
*A gun battle followed and four Los Angles Police officers were wounded, one fatally, one critically and two with less serious injuries. The murder suspect was also fatally wounded. *
*51 year old, SWAT officer Randy Simmons, a 27 year veteran with the Los Angeles Police Department (more than 20 years as a SWAT team member) was murdered. *
*His team member, 51 year old Jimmy Veenstra, also a 26 year veteran with the Los Angeles Police Department and married to a Los Angeles Police Captain, suffered a near fatal gunshot wound to the face, he is expected to survive. *
*Prior to this tragic event, these officers were not just “Cop’s” they were both, “Super Cops”, and exceptional human beings, the very best of the best and legions on the Department. *
Officer Simmons* had recently received an award for efforts, helping sick children at the Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital; he also started “Glory Kids” a foundation to help disadvantaged inner city children. Officer Veenstra is a Medal of Valor recipient. *
*Please pray for all those affected by this tragic event, especially for **Officer Simmons, Officer Veenstra **and their family, friends and fellow officers. *
Officer Randy Simmons was a good man and he will truly be missed, “May God Bless and Keep Him!”
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