For some reason, 11-year-old video tapes of Donald Trump take precedence over current events.[Suspect in killing of L.A. County sheriff's sergeant was known for hot temper and violent history, Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2016]:
He started his criminal life as a juvenile, authorities said, selling marijuana before graduating to more serious offenses. He racked up 11 arrests, two of which landed him in state prison, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
Black male, who spent entire life breaking the law, executes a white police officer. After wounded him, the black suspect fired four shots at point-blank range to finish him off.
On one occasion, he pointed a handgun at an off-duty USC security officer near campus and robbed him of his wallet, cellphone and watch.When LAPD officers caught up with him a week later, he was still wearing the stolen watch.
On Thursday, authorities identified Trenton Trevon Lovell, 27, as the man who shot and killed a sheriff’s sergeant responding to a burglary call in Lancaster earlier this week.
Lovell used a stolen handgun to wound Sgt. Steve Owen, then executed the lawman by standing over him and pumping four more bullets into his body, McDonnell told reporters at a news conference.
“This was an individual who was certainly the aggressor, someone who was truly a predator,” McDonnell said.
The sheriff said it was time for a serious conversation about policies that he blamed for allowing the gunman to cycle in and out of custody for years.Residents of the apartment complex where Owen was killed said Lovell sometimes stayed in one of the units with his sister.
Blanca Oseguera, 38, echoed the sentiments of a small crowd of neighbors who said none was surprised to hear Lovell’s name linked to the shooting.
Oseguera said she was involved in a confrontation with him weeks earlier, after he cursed at her daughters while he smoked marijuana outside.“I told him, ‘You shouldn’t be here; you don’t live here,’ ” she said.
Oseguera and another woman, 26-year-old Cynthia Appleby, said Lovell was known to have a “hot temper” and Oseguera’s clash with him three weeks ago was witnessed by several neighbors.
Lovell’s aunt, Deborah Matute, said she hadn’t seen her nephew since he moved out of her Harvard Heights-area apartment in Los Angeles earlier this year.Matute said she didn’t know details about his past troubles with the law and never asked him about them.
She allowed him to stay with her family around April and May because he needed an address where his parole officer could visit him, she said.“I just felt sorry for him,” she said.
“I just didn’t want to see him in the street.”When Lovell lived with her, there were no problems, Matute said. He would stay the night at the apartment and then mostly be out.
“He’s a nice person when he wants to be,” she said.But after police came to the apartment wanting to search it, his family asked him to leave in June.“I didn’t want that kind of problem here,” she said.
Matute said she didn’t see Lovell again until Wednesday afternoon, when she recognized his face on television as she watched news about the slain sheriff’s deputy.“What have you done now?” she thought to herself.
“I just couldn’t believe it. I was shocked,” she said. “I’m sorry for the police officer’s family. I’m sad for them.”She stood quietly for a minute, shaking her head as she thought.“I don’t know what to say,” she said.Perhaps it's just me, but reading this story made me want to go out and open the freezer at the nearest grocery store, ensuring every carton of Ben and Jerry Ice Cream melts.