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Officer-Involved Shooting Under Investigation In Valley Village

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An officer-involved shooting is under investigation in Valley Village Friday morning.

The incident was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Friday on the 5200 block of Whitsett Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Officers responded to a call of a man armed with a knife, according to investigators.

“When they encountered the man, they used less lethal munitions which were not effective and an OIS (officer-involved shooting) occurred,” LAPD officials said.

The man was struck by gunfire and taken to a local hospital where he is in stable condition, according to the LAPD.

“No one else was injured,” investigators said. “There is a knife at scene.”

The incident remains under active investigation as of Friday.

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Hiker Discovers Human Remains In Mountains Near Burbank

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An investigation is underway following the discovery of human remains near a hiking trail above Burbank.

On April 22 at about 1:35 p.m., the Burbank Police Department (BPD) received a call from a hiker who had discovered what appeared to be human remains near a hiking trail above Elmwood Avenue, according to Sgt. Emil Brimway, spokesperson for the BPD.

Burbank Police officers and detectives as well as an investigator from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene.

“The Los Angeles County Coroner investigator determined the skeletal remains were in fact
Human,” Brimway said.

The potential identification of the decedent can take upwards of several months to a year, according to investigators.

This death investigation is ongoing, Brimway added.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Burbank Police Department Investigations Division, at (818) 238-3210.

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Fire At Cannabis Grow Operation In Panorama City Under Investigation

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A fire at a cannabis grow operation in Panorama City is under investigation Thursday morning.

The blaze was first reported at about 3:13 a.m. Thursday near the 14700 block of Arminta Street, according to Margaret Stewart, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

Upon arrival, firefighters reported a one-story row of commercial units with moderate smoke showing, Stewart said.

The divided structure, with multiple hallways and rooms, delayed firefighters’ efforts to find the source of the fire, according to Fire officials.

Firefighters were ventilating the unit and provide relief to the spread of the fire, however, due to the layout, it was required to cut a hole over each room, according to Stewart.

The structure was later determined to be housing a marijuana grow operation and LAFD Arson investigators were called to the scene, according to the spokesperson.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in 43 minutes with no injuries reported, Stewart said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This is the second grow operation fire in the San Fernando Valley this month, with another being reported in Reseda last week.

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Father, Daughter Killed After Being Electrocuted By Downed Power Line In Panorama City

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A Panorama City man and his 20-year-old daughter were fatally electrocuted Monday when they came in contact with a downed power line.

Firefighters went to the family’s home in the 14700 block of Tupper Street about 2:45 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

The victims, who died at the scene, were identified as Ferdinand Tejada, 53, and Janine Reyn Tejada, 20, both of Panorama City, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.

According to KTLA5, the father went outside when he heard a “loud pop” and was electrocuted, and his daughter went to his aid and also was killed.

His wife, a nurse, called 911 and was told to stay inside until emergency crews arrived or she could meet the same fate as her husband and daughter, Channel 5 reported.

Power was shut off in the immediate area by utility crews. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating.

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