• Courtesy San Diego Police Department (SAN DIEGO) --   Authorities in San Diego, California, believe they have finally caught the person responsible for a recent series of deadly attacks on the city's homeless.Anthony Alexander Padgett was arrested in Chula Vista, a city near San Diego, early Thursday morning after investigators received a tip from the public, according to the San Diego Police Department. The arrest came after police put out surveillance footage and stills earlier this week of a person they suspected in the attacks.  Padgett is accused of attacking four homeless people on four separate occasions this past week, police said at a news conference Thursday. The victims, all homeless people, were sleeping when they were allegedly targeted by the 36-year-old suspect, police said.In two of the incidents, the victims were "lit on fire," according to police. The brutal attacks left two homeless people dead and two others with life-threatening injuries. One of the survivors is not expected to live, authorities said.Padgett was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of arson to property, according to online inmate records provided by the San Diego County Sheriff's Office.As Padgett was taken to the San Diego jail Thursday evening in the back of a police car, he told an ABC affiliate KGTV reporter outside the car window, "I'm innocent."Padgett is expected to be arraigned Monday, according to Tanya Sierra, a public affairs officer for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.
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  • Department of Justice(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Friday called for "calm" in the wake of the attack on police officers in Dallas, Texas Thursday night."The answer must be action: calm, peaceful, collaborative and determined action," she said.Five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed and seven more injured in an ambush late Thursday during an organized downtown protest over the shooting deaths of black men Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota by police this week.The Department of Justice, including FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals and the U.S. Attorney's Office are on the scene in Dallas working with local partners, said Lynch. In regards to the black men shot by police this week, she added that the Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation in Louisiana and is assisting in the investigation by local authorities in Minnesota.One of the suspects in the assault against Dallas police officers told hostage negotiators he was angry about recent fatal shootings of black men by police elsewhere in the United States and that he wanted to kill white people, especially police officers. Two civilians were also injured in the Dallas shootings."This has been a week of profound grieve and heartbreaking loss," said Lynch.Police spent hours negotiating with the gunman before he was killed by an explosive strapped to a police robot, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown."We're hurting," Brown said. "Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Capitol is locked down, according to an alert sent to congressional staff from Capitol Police.Reports indicate that a staffer possibly entered a parking garage with a firearm.The full alert sent at 9:08 a.m. read:Police activity has been reported requiring occupants in the U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Visitor Center to immediately:• Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Eleven police officers were shot ambush-style, including five fatally, in Dallas Thursday night by at least two snipers, amid a protest against the recent police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota, according to the Dallas Police.One of the suspects had engaged in a standoff for several hours with police, but a Dallas city official announced around 3:30 a.m. that it was over. It was not immediately known what his condition was.The conditions of the six wounded officers weren't immediately released. One civilian was also injured.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said there are three suspects in custody and police are still investigating. He said a motive for the attack remains unknown."This is a sad day for Texas," Paxton said on Good Morning America Friday morning. "It’s very surreal and it’s nothing like I’ve ever seen downtown Dallas in the 25 years or so that I’ve been here."Officials said the gunmen aimed to kill as many officers as possible.Among the officers killed, at least one was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officer. DART tweeted it was "grieving the loss" of Officer Brent Thompson, 43. Three other DART officers were injured: Omar Cannon, 44; Misty McBride, 32; Jesus Retana, 39. A DART spokesman said "they are expected to recover from their injuries."The number of dead initially was four, but around 2 a.m., Dallas police announced a fifth officer had died.
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  • Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The mass shooting in Dallas that left five officers dead and six others wounded is the deadliest attack on law enforcement since 9/11, according to statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.Dallas Police have confirmed that four of their police officers have died, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has confirmed that one DART officer also died. DART has identified him as Officer Brent Thompson, 43. He was the first DART officer to be killed in the line of duty since the agency's formation.The deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement in history was 9/11, in which 71 officers died while responding to the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan -- including 37 members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, which represented the single largest loss of law enforcement personnel by a single agency in U.S. history, according to the Fund.Other deadly incidents for law enforcement include a sniper attack in New Orleans in the 1970s.Over a period of eight days in 1972-1973, five officers were killed by a sniper in New Orleans. The gunman belonged to the Black Panthers. The shootings starting on New Year's Eve and ended when the suspect was shot and killed by police, who used a Marine helicopter to fly over the hotel he was holed up in and fire at him.Eight federal officers were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995. Domestic terrorists, led by Timothy McVeigh, bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building - killing 168.
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  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit(DALLAS) — Officials have started to release the identities of the five Dallas officers killed by sniper fire overnight during anti-police brutality protests.Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) confirmed officer Brent Thompson, 43, was killed during Thursday night's shootings.
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