On Wednesday, Lancaster City, California, which is a northern suburb of liberal Los Angeles, was placed on “high alert.” Heavily armed police went door-to-door, searching for a gunman who had allegedly tried to murder a deputy in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s office.
At least two shots were supposedly fired from the fourth floor of an apartment building across the street, that predominantly houses people with mental illness. A school in the neighborhood was placed on lockdown until students could be evacuated, and a helicopter was brought in to assist with the manhunt. Police snipers could be seen aboard the chopper.
All of the useless and wasted activity was prompted by the fantasy of Deputy Angel Reinosa. He hasn’t come up with any kind of explanation, but when his story fell apart, he admitted making the whole thing up.
The whole fiasco started when the 21-year-old officer radioed in for help. “I have taken shots from the north of the Lancaster helipad. I think I’m hit in the right shoulder.” His co-workers took his word for it. Mayor Rex Parris went on TV to warn the public.
According to the mayor, the only thing that saved the deputy’s life was his bulletproof vest. “He was getting ready to take that vest off. Had he done so, it would’ve been a much more tragic situation.” Police reported later that Reinosa “was taken to the hospital where he was treated for a minor, non-penetrating wound.”
It was a long time before the inconsistencies of his story would be uncovered. Meanwhile, 170,000 people were terrorized by the police. At least two civilians were arrested for not immediately following orders in the confusion. A spokesman for the Sheriff’s office made a public apology Saturday night.
Kent Wegener, a Homicide Bureau Captain for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, held a conference. “Deputy Reinosa admitted he was not shot at from the apartment complex area as he previously claimed. There was no sniper, no shots fired, and no gunshot injury sustained to his shoulder.”
The Deputy’s story was “completely fabricated.” As investigators grilled Reinosa, there were a few things they were “curious” about. As Wegener explained, “there were several things that were curious. There was no ballistic evidence in the parking lot at all. No bullet was recovered. There were many things that didn’t add up.” The captain added, “He was on training status at the time of the shooting.”
Reinosa wasn’t able to explain away the inconsistencies of his story. Eventually, the deputy broke down and spilled his guts. “He admitted cutting a hole in his uniform using a knife.” He still hasn’t explained why he did it. “Much of his statement was self-serving, it didn’t make a whole lot of sense. He didn’t make a whole lot of sense.” As Captain Wegener puts it, there was no motivation. “He didn’t get into detail as to why he cut the holes, or why he fabricated the story.”
LASD Deputy Angel Reinosa, 21, had two holes in his shirt the day he was "shot by a sniper." Today, investigators saw no visible injuries on his shoulder. Then, he told them he cut the holes in his shirt with a knife, there were no shots ever fired, and it was all a lie. @ABC7
— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) August 25, 2019
Captain Wegner relates, “once the sheriff’s department has completed its investigation, the district attorney’s office could decide whether to file charges.” Reinosa has been relieved of his duties while the ongoing criminal investigation unwinds, LASD Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon said. After that it is up to the district attorney to file charges.
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“Unfortunately, at this time, we are incredibly disappointed to have to report to you that the reported sniper assault was fabricated by our deputy. The investigation is ongoing, and a criminal investigation has been launched,” Limon told reporters.
It’s bad enough that Los Angeles police are at the mercy of criminals but when those sworn to protect the public and uphold the law violate it instead, it means that society is on the brink of collapse. If laws aren’t properly enforced and if the public loses confidence in the men sworn to enforce the laws, then anarchy will reign supreme and it’s every man for himself.
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