CHP officer killed and 2 wounded in shootout near L.A.-area freeway

Riverside, Calif. – One officer is dead, another in critical condition and a third has minor injuries after a shootout Monday that also killed the gunman, authorities said. Dozens of gunshots were fired near Interstate 215 in Riverside, east of Los Angeles.

CHP Assistant Chief Scott Parker told reporters at a Monday night news conference an officer who pulled over a white GMC pickup truck was filling out impound paperwork when the driver pulled a rifle of unknown caliber from the truck and began firing.

The officer was wounded but managed to call for help. He was airlifted to a hospital but succumbed to his wounds.

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Authorities said CHP officers, Riverside police and sheriff’s deputies arrived and continued trading gunfire, with the suspect taking cover in the front of the pickup. Two other CHP officers were hit before the gunman was killed.

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Officers in shootout near Riverside, Calif. freeway on August 12, 2019 CBS Los Angeles

Police withheld the shooter’s name and said they don’t have a motive for the attack. It wasn’t clear why the car was stopped.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom extended his condolences via Twitter:

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz told reporters officers’ body cam video and civilian eyewitness accounts would be part of the investigation of the shooting. “It was a long and horrific gun battle,” he said.

Video from the scene shows bullet holes in the front windows of two patrol cars and large holes blown in their back windows. What appeared to be an assault-style rifle was on the ground.

Two civilians were hurt – one was in another car and hit by flying glass that caused minor injuries, authorities said. The other civilian’s injuries also were minor.

Jennifer Moctezuma, 31, of Moreno Valley told the Los Angeles Times that she was driving home with her 6-year-old twins when a bullet flew through her front windshield.

Charles Childress, 56, a retired Marine from Moreno Valley, was in the car behind her.

He led the family as they crawled to the bottom of a bridge to hide and none were harmed, the Times reported.

“He’s my hero,” Moctezuma said.

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Woman killed, 3 injured in shooting at California synagogue – live updates

Poway, Calif. — A shooting at a synagogue outside San Diego where worshippers were celebrating the last day of Passover on Saturday left one woman dead and three others injured, authorities said. San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said at a news conference that a white man entered Chabad of Poway and opened fire on worshippers with an AR-type assault weapon. 

Gore said an off-duty Border Patrol agent believed to be inside the synagogue shot at the suspect as he fled. The sheriff said the agent didn’t hit him but struck his car. 

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said the 19-year-old suspect called police to report the shooting and a California Highway Patrol officer heard it on a police scanner, saw the suspect and pulled him over. Nisleit said the suspect got out of his car with his hands up and he was taken into custody without incident.  

Authorities said the suspect, who resides in San Diego, is being interviewed by homicide detectives and the FBI.

Gore said a woman died from her injuries, while a girl and two men are in the hospital. He said they are in stable condition.

Earlier, a source told CBS News that a rabbi was among the people who were shot.  

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Two people hug as another talks to a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Poway, Calif. Several people have been shot and injured at a synagogue in San Diego, California, on Saturday, said San Diego County authorities. Denis Poroy / AP

The shooting came exactly six months since a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.    

President Trump, on the way to a rally in Wisconsin, said “at the moment it looks like a hate crime.” He also tweeted about the off-duty Border Patrol agent who stopped the suspect. 

“The Poway I know comes together,” Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said at a news conference Saturday. “We always walk with our arms around each other and we will walk through this tragedy with our arms around each other.”

The Poway sheriff’s department sent out a tweet saying the shooting occurred just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday. According to the Chabad of Poway Facebook page, the synagogue was holding a Passover celebration scheduled for 11:00 a.m. 

Officials say San Diego County deputies were called just before 11:30 a.m. Four patients were admitted to Palomar Health Medical Center Hospital around 12:30 p.m., spokesman Derryl Acosta said.

A handful of police cars were parked outside the synagogue in the city of Poway, just over 20 miles north of San Diego. Crime tape surrounded the street in front of the building.

Passover began on April 19 and was ending Saturday.

In Pittsburgh, a truck driver who authorities say expressed hatred of Jews has been charged in the Oct. 27 rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue. He’s pleaded not guilty.

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Drug overdose killed HQ Trivia co-founder Colin Kroll

The co-founder of the popular app HQ Trivia, Colin Kroll, died of an accidental drug overdose, according to the New York City medical examiner.

A post-mortem examination revealed two kinds of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine in his system.

Police found Mr Kroll dead in his Manhattan flat in December after being asked to check in on him by a woman reported to be his girlfriend.

The 34-year-old was also the co-founder of the video platform Vine.

The medical examiner’s office ruled Mr Kroll’s 16 December death an accident, due to “acute intoxication” from the combined effects of the drugs.

Fentanyl – a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine – and a variant, fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl, were both found in Mr Kroll’s system.

Mr Kroll’s death was suspected to be due to an overdose after police found his body without signs of trauma and with drug paraphernalia nearby.

He was reportedly found face down on his bed, and police noted signs of what appeared to be cocaine and heroin in the flat.

Mr Kroll’s friends and family remembered him as a kind, talented young man.

His former fiancé Maggie Neuwald told the New York Post after his death that he had struggled with the pace of the tech industry.

“It’s not like anyone hands you … a manual of how to deal with [success],” she said. “That probably, unfortunately, got the best of him, although I had hoped he’d be able to fight those demons.”

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control found synthetic opioid-related overdose death rates had risen by 45% on average across the country in one year.

Mr Kroll had been named CEO of the HQ Trivia mobile app in September. He founded the game with Rus Yusupov.

The live trivia game became hugely popular, although its appeal waned last year. The free app was guest-hosted by some famous faces, including Jimmy Kimmel and Bert from Sesame Street.

Vine was a popular a six-second video streaming service that Twitter purchased in 2012 for $ 30m (£24m) and eventually discontinued in 2016.

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Parents of American killed in Nairobi say it felt like 9/11 all over again

Nairobi, Kenya — American Jason Spindler — one of at least 21 people who were killed when gunmen from the terror group Al-Shabab stormed a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi on Tuesday — survived the 9/11 attacks and gave up his Wall Street career to help others in developing countries. 

On Thursday, Spindler’s parents traveled to Kenya to bring their son home.

“We knew once we heard from the embassy there was no question. We were going to come here and bring him home,” said Joseph Spindler, his father. “We also wanted to meet with all his friends and thank them.”

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When news broke that armed gunmen had stormed into an upmarket complex in Nairobi, Spindler’s parents said it felt like 9/11 all over again.

“He would have rushed in and tried to help people,” Joseph said.

“Who imagines that their child is killed in a terrorist attack?” said Sarah, his mother.

But the unimaginable had happened.

After 9/11, Spindler gave up his high-powered Wall Street job to invest in developing countries, believing it was the best way to reduce terrorism.

“Jason made an impression on everybody. He was energetic. He was handsome. He was thoughtful. He was intellectual. But yet, he was also a doer, an athlete, the all-American boy,” Joseph said.

Spindler’s parents plan on establishing a foundation to carry on their son’s work. The best weapon against hatred, they say, is to inspire love.

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California man killed in Taliban truck bombing in Afghanistan

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A LinkedIn photo shows California man Manoharan “Paul” Kamaleson, who was killed in a truck bombing claimed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, officials said on Jan. 16, 2019. LinkedIn

A California man was among those killed in a powerful truck bomb attack against a heavily fortified foreign compound in Kabul this week, officials said Wednesday, as the government continued investigating the blast site. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bomb which detonated near the Green Village compound in east Kabul on Monday. Afghan authorities have said at least four people were killed and 113 wounded.

On Wednesday an official at the U.S. embassy in Kabul said an American citizen was among the fatalities, but gave no further information.

CBS Los Angeles identified the slain American 55-year-old Manoharan “Paul” Kamaleson, of Arcadia. CBS L.A. quoted authorities who had been informed by Kamaleson’s family that he was among the victims.

Kamaleson was the chief operating officer of The First MicroFinance Bank in Afghanistan, and was doing development work in the country alongside non-governmental organizations. 

The powerful blast ripped through surrounding neighbourhoods, shattering the windows of surrounding houses and shops.

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It came as U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad visits the region for meetings aimed at bringing an end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan, which by some estimates was the world’s deadliest conflict zone in 2018.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have carried out near-daily attacks targeting Afghan forces, as U.S. policy in Afghanistan appears headed for a significant change. While the U.S. pushes for a negotiated truce between the Afghan government and the Taliban, President Trump indicated he will halve the number of American forces in the country. 

CBS News correspondent David Martin reported before Christmas that the Pentagon was ordered to start planning the withdrawal of roughly 7,000 troops from the war-torn country — almost half of which remains under Taliban control.

The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has warned that withdrawing so many of the U.S. forces from the country would reduce the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal after more than 17 years of war. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said the U.S. had, “basically traded away the biggest leverage point we have.”

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U.S. believes airstrike killed terrorist behind USS Cole bombing

U.S. officials believe a drone strike killed one of the terrorists behind the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi was wanted in connection with the deaths of 17 Americans who died in the attack on Oct. 12, 2000.

U.S. forces conducted a precision airstrike targeting al-Badawi on January 1 in the Marib governorate, said Capt. Bill Urban, a Central Command spokesperson. He said officials are still assessing the results to confirm his death.

In 2003, a grand jury indicted Al-Badawi with 50 counts of various terrorism charges, including the murder of U.S. nationals and military personnel. He was also charged with attempting to attack a U.S. Navy vessel in January 2000.

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Al-Badawi was later convicted of plotting, preparing and helping carry out the attack on the USS Cole. He was sentenced to death but his sentence was later reduced to 15 years in prison, the Associated Press reported.

Al-Badawi, who was listed on the FBI’s most wanted terrorists list, escaped from prison in 2003 and was recaptured more than a year later. He managed to escape a second time in February 2006, according to the FBI.

David Martin contributed to this report.

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Egypt says 40 militants killed after tourist bus blast near pyramids

Egypt said Saturday that its security forces killed 40 militants following a roadside bomb blast that killed four people. 

Three tourists from Vietnam and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least ten others were injured Friday when the explosion hit their tour bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids.

“We heard a big bang,” said one witness, “and saw people running.”

Investigators worked to see how the bus was targeted. They believe an improvised explosive device attached to a wall detonated as the bus went by, CBS News’ Barry Petersen reported. 

Most of the “terrorists” killed in the wake of the attack were in the area around Giza, but authorities did not say if the raids were directly connected to the blast. The Interior Ministry said in a statement the militants were preparing for attacks on Christian churches, as well as tourism and government facilities and police and army personnel, The Associated Press reported. 

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry issued an angry statement saying it strongly condemned what it called an “act of terrorism.”

Egypt’s prime minister visited the wounded in hospitals and insisted there is no way to stop terrorists. 

“There isn’t a country in the world that is 100 percent safe from such attacks,” he said.  

Terrorists have attacked tourists in the past — all part of an effort to scare tourists away and disrupt Egypt’s tourism industry, which has recently started to recover after suffering in the wake of the 2011 uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.  

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Police officers inspect a scene of a bus blast in Giza, Egypt, December 28, 2018. AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS

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Military probe finds 2017 crash that killed 16 could have been prevented

WASHINGTON — Military investigators have concluded the crash of a Marine transport plane last year in Mississippi was caused by mistakes made six years earlier. The military has just finished briefing the families of the 16 men who died.

“It kills me inside because my children could still have their dad. I could still have my husband,” said Ashley Kundrat.

CBS News spoke to her just after briefers from the Marine Corps told her what caused last year’s crash of a KC-130, which killed her husband, Staff Sgt. William Kundrat and 15 others. The transport plane, a workhorse of the American military, had simply disappeared from radar during a routine cross country flight.

The plane was flying at 20,000 feet when, without warning, a blade on the left inboard propeller flew off and sliced through the fuselage — a 130-pound object traveling at almost the speed of sound. The collision caused so much structural stress that the right inboard propeller came off and spun into the fuselage. The cockpit was severed from the plane and plummeted to Earth, followed moments later by the fuselage.

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Top row from left: Cpl. Daniel Baldassare, Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox, Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman, Staff Sgt. William Kundrat, Sgt. Chad E. Jenson, Sgt. Talon R. Leach, Sgt. Joseph J. Murray, Petty Officer Second Class Ryan Lohrey. Bottom row from left: Capt. Sean E. Elliott, Maj. Caine M. Goyette, Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Hopkins, Gunnery Sgt. Brendan C. Johnson, Sgt. Julian M. Kevianne, Sgt. Owen J. Lennon, Staff Sgt. Joshua Snowden, Cpl. Collin J. Schaaff.

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The doomed aircraft belonged to an air wing commanded by Brig. Gen. Bradley James. He said the crew had no control over the plane.

“I think it was such a violent action they were knocked unconscious almost immediately,” James said.

The wreckage was strewn across five miles of Mississippi soybean fields. The investigation found tiny pits of corrosion which, over time, had become a crack that caused the first blade to fail.

“We tracked this back when it went through rework around 2011 and it was not detected,” James said.

In 2011, the propeller had undergone a scheduled overhaul at this maintenance center at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.

“The procedures that were in place in 2011, those procedures if properly done should have detected that corrosion in 2011,” said Brig. Gen. John Kubinec, the current commander. “The corrosion should have been detected. Why it wasn’t, we don’t know.”

“This was not an act of God. This could have been prevented. The guys could still be here with us today had they just done their job,” Ashley Kundrat said.

But determining exactly who at the overhaul facility was responsible may be impossible. In 2011, maintenance records were destroyed after only two years.

“I didn’t know that,” Ashley said.

William Kundrat, her husband, had been a Marine for 15 years with nine overseas tours. Like all the others on board that plane, he never had a chance.

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12 killed, including sheriff's sergeant, in shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks, California

Neighbors recall series of disturbances at shooter’s home

Hours after a mass shooting at a California bar, ATF and FBI investigators raided the house where gunman Ian Long lived with his mother, CBS News’ John Blackstone reports. Their home is on a suburban street about five miles from the Borderline Bar & Grill, where Long killed 12 people.

In the neighborhood, those who live nearby said he seemed to be frequently angry and unfriendly.

“He wouldn’t come out of the house that much. When I did see him drive by, I’d wave and he wouldn’t wave back,” said Gareth Crites.

The 28-year-old served nearly five years in the Marines, including about seven months of combat duty from November 2010 to June 2011 as a machine-gunner in Afghanistan. He left the military in 2013.

There were rumors Long suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Donald Macleud could hear loud arguments across his backyard fence.

“He was a lot worse when he came back from the military,” he said.

“I suspected he had a gun there because I heard a gunshot one night, over a year ago,” Macleud said.

During one disturbance, neighbor Tom Hanson took action.

“I called the police on him that time, just because I didn’t know if he was hurting himself,” Hanson said.

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