An officer is in stable condition after undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds he sustained during a November 16th confrontation between Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies and a group of suspects that resulted in exchanged gunfire, four arrests, and an officer shot in the line of duty. Of the four arrested, three were identified and charged on November 17th for Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, including 36-year-old Michael Cones, 24-year-old Joe Childs, and 24-year-old Brendan Caveness.
The Friday evening confrontation began when deputies from Operation Safe Street Bureau attempted to contact a group of five to ten males on the 1600 block of 81st Street in the Firestone area of unincorporated South Los Angeles.
The suspects all fled on foot, with three or four of those suspects opening gunfire at the deputies. A firefight ensued, during which an officer was struck by a bullet in the abdomen. He was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.
Cones, Childs, and Caveness were all arrested and booked at the Century Regional Detention Center of the Los Angeles County Jail System, where they are each being held on $1 million bail. The LASD is continuing to search for the remaining suspects in the five block area surrounding the intersection of 81st Street and Parmalee Avenue.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca told KPCC that the detained suspects were apart of a gang that was “renowned for their violence.”
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.