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Alleged Suspect in Cop Shooting Barricaded in Home, Police Negotiating

KGO-TV(FREMONT, Calif.) — Police say they’ve made contact and have barricaded a suspect — who opened fire on police and fled Wednesday afternoon — in a home in Northern California overnight.

After a several hour manhunt and hours of negotiations, officers deployed gas into the house in an attempt to get the suspect to come out, according to an official with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.

Two hours in to the negotiations process and officers still actively working towards a resolution.

— Fremont Police Dept (@FremontPD) June 2, 2016

Update: we have confirmed suspect contact inside a home. This is now an armed barricaded suspect. We have containment and are negotiating.

— ACSO (@ACSOSheriffs) June 2, 2016

SWAT Team now searching Union & Lee Sts. In Fremont for armed suspect. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/mgR8tT0rh3

— Cbarnard (@CornellBarnard) June 2, 2016

Two cops were wounded in an officer-involved shooting in California’s Bay Area, according to the Fremont Police Department.

The incident began during a traffic stop around 1:33 p.m., police said. During the stop, the suspect backed into the officer with a car, and shots were fired.

One officer was then rushed to a trauma center, and the suspect fled on foot. Shots were then fired at a second location, resulting in the second officer being injured and taken to a trauma center.

Officials say one officer is in stable condition while the other is still in critical condition.

Both officers are out of surgery. One in stable condition and the other in critical condition. Please keep them in your thoughts.

— Fremont Police Dept (@FremontPD) June 2, 2016

Police had said earlier that more suspects could possibly be on the loose, describing the main suspect as a Hispanic adult male, approximately 6 feet tall and wearing shorts and a San Francisco Giants shirt.

Police are unable to confirm if the suspect was injured in the encounter.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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Boat Carrying Elementary School Students Sinks in Chesapeake Bay, 22 Rescued

MDNRP(DORCHESTER, Md.) — Twenty-two people, including elementary school children, were rescued from a sinking charter boat in distress by a work boat in the Chesapeake Bay Wednesday, according to police.

The rescue happened around 6 p.m. when a charter boat taking students on a field trip hit something submerged in the waters off Bloodsworth Island, said Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Candy Thomson.

“The children put on life jackets as the boat went down,” said Thomson. “A nearby waterman pulled all 22 passengers onto his vessel and dropped them safely on the bank of the Honga River.”

Thomson said the captain of the stricken boat was airlifted to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Two others were taken to local area hospitals for treatment with non-life threatening injuries, she added.

Water rescue: 22 people saved from boat in distress off Bloodsworth Island in Chesapeake Bay.

— MD NRP (@MDNRPolice) June 1, 2016

The Coast Guard is leading the investigation with assistance from Department of Natural Resources Police.

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Former Florida Cop Faces Charges in Shooting Death of Musician Corey Jones

Courtesy Jones family(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — The former Palm Beach Gardens Police Department officer who fatally shot 31-year-old musician Corey Jones on a Florida highway in October has been arrested, according to authorities.

A grand jury found that Nouman Raja’s use of force was not justified, said Dave Aronberg, state attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit, which covers all of Palm Beach County.

Raja subsequently faces two felony charges: one count of manslaughter by culpable negligence, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and one count of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, punishable by up to life in prison, Aronberg said.

Raja, 32, was arrested and taken into custody today, Aronberg said. He could not comment further since the case is now pending.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 18, Jones was stranded with car troubles on I-95 in Palm Beach Gardens when Raja pulled up around 3:15 a.m. to “investigate what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle,” according to police.

When Raja exited the vehicle, he was confronted by an armed subject, police said in a statement. Raja shot Jones “as a result of the confrontation,” police said, killing him.

Phone records showed that Jones had requested roadside assistance at 1:44 a.m., according to a probable cause affidavit released by Aronberg’s office today. Almost an hour later, after the technician was unable to get his vehicle started, Jones told a bandmate that he was unwilling to leave the car for fear that his drum equipment may be stolen, the affidavit states. His bandmate drove away at 2:45 a.m. and was the last person to see Jones alive before Raja arrived on the scene.

Jones was on another call with roadside assistance when Raja arrived, and the exchange was recorded on the line, the affidavit states. After asking Jones if he was “good” more than once, Raja told him to get his “[expletive] hands up” twice before firing three gunshots in rapid succession, according to the affidavit. The call center operator that Jones was on the phone with could then be heard saying, “Oh my gosh!” while the sounds of pinging car door chimes rang in the background.

Raja was on duty at the time but was wearing sneakers, jeans, a tan T-shirt and tan baseball cap with the letters “CAT” stitched in red, according to the affidavit. He was driving a white Ford cargo van, the affidavit says. There had been a problem with late-night car burglaries in the area, and Raja was assigned to conduct surveillance on large parking lots that night, his immediate supervisor told investigators.

Raja was told to wear his tactical vest with police markings on it while he worked on the assignment “for safety reasons,” his supervisor said, according to the affidavit. Raja was not wearing the vest when he exited his car, the affidavit states.

About 33 seconds after the shooting, Raja used his personal cell phone to call 911, according to the affidavit. As the call connected, but before the operator could answer, Raja could be heard yelling “drop that [expletive] gun right now!” Raja then gave his location and said he had shot a person, requesting fire-rescue. He said he “lost contact” with the the person, which means he did not know where the person was located, according to the affidavit.

Raja described the person as a “black male wearing all black, dreads,” according to the affidavit. Raja said that he gave him commands after identifying himself, and that the man turned and pointed the gun at him and then started running.

Raja told the dispatcher he shot the man and that he had been “hit,” meaning shot “at least three to four times,” according to the affidavit.

Raja was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting. He was eventually fired from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.

Additional officers then responded to the scene and found Jones’ body about 192 feet from the back of his car. A handgun was not found near Jones’ body, but instead about 72 feet from the rear of Jones’ vehicle, the affidavit says. He had purchased the gun three days before the shooting, and the box it was purchased in was found inside the car, police said.

Raja fired six shots at Jones with his personal Glock .40 caliber pistol, the affidavit states, because his department-issued firearm was in its holster inside the van.

Palm Beach County Medical Examiner Gertrude Juste ruled Jones’ death a homicide caused by a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the affidavit.

Jones was a drummer for a local reggae band called the “Future Prezidents,” according to the affidavit.

Raja has not yet entered a plea to the charges he faces. It is not clear whether he has obtained a lawyer.

In a statement, Jones’ family said they felt “relieved” that Raja is facing criminal charges in Jones’ death, calling Jones a “wonderful soul.” “While we understand that nothing can bring back our son, brother and friend, this arrest sends a message that this conduct will not be tolerated from members of law enforcement.”

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Alleged War Criminal Worked as Security Guard at Dulles Airport, Lawsuit Claims

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A private security guard at Dulles International Airport had his access withdrawn this week after his employer was made aware of a lawsuit alleging he had committed “war crimes” in Somalia.

The civil suit alleges that Yusuf Abdi Ali, 63, — a former commander in the Somali National Army who later moved to Alexandria, Virginia — tortured a Somali national in 1987.

The man bringing the suit claims that, at Ali’s direction, he was beaten, kicked, stripped naked and shot because Ali believed he was a supporter of an opposition group that had recently stolen a water tanker. Ali himself repeatedly shot the man and left him for dead, the suit claims, asking his guards to dispose of the body.

Officials with Master Security, a contractor that provides security guards to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), told ABC News they were not aware of the pending civil litigation against their employee until Tuesday, but have now placed Ali on paid administrative leave while they investigate.

The civil suit was first reported by CNN.

According to the Fallston Group, an executive advisory firm hired by Master Security, Ali had worked with the security company “for a couple of years,” and had gone through a battery of background checks.

All Master Security employees are subject to “the full, federally mandated vetting process in order to be approved for an airport badge,” MWAA said, noting the vetting includes a criminal history record check by the FBI and a security assessment by the Transportation Security Administration. Master Security employees working at Dulles must also be licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“We have verified that all of these processes were followed and approved in this instance,” MWAA said in a statement.

A judge has yet to rule on the case as the courts try to determine whether the U.S. legal system has jurisdiction over the lawsuit, according to the Center for Justice and Accountability. The circuit court dismissed the lawsuit’s war crimes claim on the basis that it lacked jurisdiction, it allowed claims of torture and attempted murder to go forward. The case is now awaiting a review by the Supreme Court.

After the alleged war crimes, Ali moved to Canada, but was deported two years later, the suit claims. He then moved to the U.S., where deportation proceedings were begun. He voluntarily left America shortly thereafter in 1994, and returned two years later, according to the suit.

Ali’s attorney, Joseph Drennan, denied all allegations and told ABC News that his client, who is still a citizen of Somalia, returned to the U.S. legally.

The FBI, TSA and Virginia Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Service were not immediately available for comment.

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Former Baylor President Ken Starr Resigns as Chancellor Amid Sexual Assault Scandal

Cooper Neill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Baylor University President Kenneth Starr is stepping down from the chancellor role he was demoted to last week amid criticisms of the way the school has handled accusations of sexual assault by football players, he told ESPN’s Joe Schad.

Starr will continue to teach at Baylor Law School, he said on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” His duties as chancellor would have included overseeing external fundraising and religious liberty, ESPN reported. He was to have no operational duties at the university.

Starr said he announced his resignation “with sorrow” this morning and that he hopes the university will “move forward with full transparency,” according to ESPN.

“We need to put this horrible situation behind us,” Starr said. “We need to heal Baylor.”

Starr said he “accepts responsibility” for the scandal but contends that he “didn’t know about what was happening.”

“The captain goes down with the ship,” he said, calling the students and student athletes at Baylor “wonderful.”

Starr said that to his knowledge, sexual assault was not an issue at Baylor until August, when a member of the football team was being tried for sexual assault. He contends that students on campus were safe and that the “episodes” he was “aware of” happened off campus, according to ESPN.

But, ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne found that 12 sexual assault cases were handled by campus police since 2012, citing police reports.

Last week, Baylor Head Football Coach Art Briles was suspended with intent to terminate, the school said in a release. Athletic Director Ian McCaw was also sanctioned and placed on probation.

Starr is best known as the special prosecutor who investigated President Bill Clinton’s sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He and Briles have faced sharp criticism about whether the school ignored allegations of assault by football players. Two players were later convicted of sexual assault, The Associated Press reported.

In Wednesday’s interview, Starr disagreed with allegations that the university created a perception that football was above the rules. He called Briles a “player’s coach” who only “wants the best” for the young men. Starr said he was not consulted in the decision to fire Briles and did not hear an explanation from him.

The scandal came to light last fall, when Baylor’s Board of Regents commissioned an independent external review of the university’s management of and compliance with Title IX. The findings reflected a “fundamental failure” by the school to implement Title IX and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the university announced.

Baylor failed to “consistently support complainants through the provision of interim measures” and “failed to take action to identify and eliminate a potential hostile environment, prevent its recurrence or address its effects,” the university said.

Richard Willis, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents, said in the statement that the school is “horrified” by the extent of the acts of sexual violence on campus.

“This investigation revealed the University’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students,” Willis said in the statement. “The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students.”

Baylor University is a private, Baptist college located in Waco, Texas.

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Two California Cops Injured After Officer-Involved Shooting, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two cops were wounded in an officer-involved shooting in California’s Bay Area, according to the Fremont Police Department.

The incident began during a traffic stop around 1:33 p.m. Wednesday, police said. During the stop, the suspect backed into the officer with a car, and shots were fired.

One officer was then rushed to a trauma center, and the suspect fled on foot. Shots were then fired at a second location, resulting in the second officer being injured and taken to a trauma center. The condition of the officers is unclear.

We are working an OIS with shots fired. 2 officers with injuries transported to trauma centers. More details as they are available.

— Fremont Police Dept (@FremontPD) June 1, 2016

One or possibly two suspects are on the loose, police said, describing the main suspect as a Hispanic adult male, approximately 6 feet tall and and wearing shorts and a San Francisco Giants shirt.

Police were unable to confirm if the suspect was injured in the encounter.

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Two Dead in Shooting Murder-Suicide at UCLA, LAPD Chief Says

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The chief of the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that a murder-suicide left two people dead on UCLA’s campus Wednesday.

Chief Charlie Beck said that the two male fatalities were the results of a shooting.

“It appears it is entirely contained,” Beck said. “We believe there are no suspects outstanding and no continuing threat to UCLA’s campus.”

The police found two males who were “suffering gunshot wounds,” though no further details about their identities were released. The police posted a tweet saying that it is unknown “if fatalities are students, employees or visitors.”

The investigation into the shooting is focused on the school’s Boelter Hall, which is part of its engineering school.

The school sent out an alert on its Twitter account and issued a campuswide lockdown.

Teams from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the scene in addition to the LAPD.

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Two Dead After Shooting at UCLA

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirms that there are two fatalities following a shooting incident on the UCLA campus Wednesday.

The school remains on lockdown. It is unclear if a suspect is at large.

The police found two males who were “suffering gunshot wounds” though no further details about their identities were released.

“The LAPD is continuing a methodical search of the campus and surrounding areas; however, no additional suspects have been seen,” the LAPD said in a statement.

The school sent out an alert on its Twitter account and issued a campus-wide lockdown.

The investigation into the shooting is focused on the school’s Boelter Hall, which is part of its engineering school.

Teams from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are responding to the scene in addition to the LAPD.

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Dramatic 911 Calls from Toddler Falling into Gorilla Enclosure Released

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Dramatic 911 calls from the mother whose small child had fallen into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo have been released. The incident on Saturday resulted in a 17-year-old endangered silverback gorilla being shot to death, sparking controversy.

On the tape, released by police, the mother can be heard saying, “My son fell in the zoo exhibit at the gorilla, at the Cincinnati zoo, my son fell in with gorilla, there is a male gorilla standing over him.”

The operator urges the mother, “be calm, be calm.”

“He’s dragging my son, I can’t watch this,” the mother adds, according to the call.

Meanwhile a bystander can be heard panicking: “There’s a baby in the zoo at gorilla moat, hurry, hurry, the gorillas are out, oh my god.”

The toddler was eventually rescued and suffered minor injuries. The gorilla was shot dead by zoo officials.

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Two Shooting Victims at UCLA as Campus Remains on Lockdown

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — UCLA reports that there are two confirmed shooting victims following a possible incident on the school’s campus Wednesday.

The status of the victims is not know and the school remains on lockdown. It is unclear if a suspect is at large.

The school sent out an alert on its Twitter account and issued a campus-wide lockdown.

#LAPD News UPDATE: #UCLA incident – Info on the active shooter in the Engineering Building #4. Avoid the area

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) June 1, 2016

The investigation into the shooting is focused on the school’s Boelter Hall, which is part of their engineering school.

Teams from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are responding to the scene in addition to the LAPD.

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