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Portland cops shot, killed alleged carjacker inside homeless shelter

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iStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — A deadly shooting in Portland, Oregon, between cops and a knife-wielding carjacker was captured on video by a terrified witness.

The footage showed the man, who relatives later identified as 48-year-old John “John-John” Elifritz, ducking into a shelter in southeast Portland at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

Residents of the Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter frantically fanned out of the armed stranger’s way, as flickering blue police lights appeared to be pulsing from the front glass doors.

A man in the room then shouted, “Get out from behind him!”

That’s when the frame captured a bald man lurking in the recesses of the room in front of a massive cross, wearing a back hooded jacket.

For a few moments, the man appeared to be ducking and sidestepping.

A person, who may have been the one recording, then said “Oh my god!” and “Please God!”

Dogs were barking loudly as more than a dozen policeman, some with rifles drawn, slowly entered the main room.

An enclosure in the middle of the room with a tall, white railing appeared to be separating the cops and the man.

Numerous police officers appear to point their flashlights at the man as they announced, “Drop the knife!”

The command was repeated several times.

After seconds passed and the man failed to surrender, several shots were fired.

Again, a man who may have been recording the footage yelled, “Oh my God!”

In subsequent statements from the Portland Police Department, multiple units were said to have responded to a pileup involving a stolen vehicle at the intersection of Southeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Southeast Stark Street.

When responding officers attempted to surround the driver, police said the suspect “fled the scene of the crash.”

The same car was involved in an incident three hours earlier when it “had reportedly been taken by force” on Southeast Knight Street, the police statement added.

When the suspect was tracked into the homeless shelter where police “contacted” the man they believe stole and crashed the vehicle, then fled the scene, the statement said that was when “shots were fired.”

Emergency medical professionals were called to the scene, but were unable to resuscitate the man, who police have not officially named pending the results of an autopsy.

Protesters have been flocking to the shelter, calling the fatal shooting unjustified.

Some carried signs in front of the homeless shelter blaming the police for what they say were overly aggressive tactics.

The signs had charged messages like: “Murder is not protection,” “This is not a local problem!” and “Cops Stay out of my Sanctuary!”

Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw asked the public to wait for the results of the department’s investigation before drawing conclusions.

“The Portland Police Bureau values human life and accepts the authority to use lethal force with great reverence,” Outlaw said in a statement. “I am aware a video was taken of this incident by a community member and that video was posted to the internet. Please be reminded that deadly force investigations are extremely complex and take time. The Police Bureau is committed to transparency and will ensure the entire investigation is released in a timely manner that does not impact the integrity of the investigation.”

While Portland Police Department initially was going to release the names of the cops who fired on Elifritz on Sunday — in keeping with their policy to do so in 24 hours — they have since delayed the release citing “credible threats” lodged against the officers, Portland Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley confirmed to ABC News on Monday.

In the meantime, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler also pleaded with people to not rush to any judgment regarding the fatal incident with police.

“The loss of a life is always tragic,” he wrote in the statement. “My priority is to discover the facts and circumstances regarding this incident. Already, there are those who want to immediately define what happened. It would be highly irresponsible for me to participate in speculation at this time. I urge us all to allow investigators to do their work, to uncover the facts, and to report on their findings.”

Morgan Pickering, who allegedly posted the video footage, told ABC station KATU-TV that Elifritz was stabbing himself in the neck with a pocket knife and that he remained a threat to officers.

He suggested police were in the right when they took lethal force to neutralize him.

“Police protected us, had to shoot the man,” he said.

David Rogers, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Oregon issued a rebuke after seeing the video footage of what took place inside the shelter on Saturday.

“The video shows a disturbing and chaotic scene of people in the shelter running and yelling in fear, while others looked on, including one person in a wheelchair, as Portland Police officers enter the building with guns drawn,” Rogers stated. “In less than a minute, officers shoot and kill the man, while members of an already traumatized population, Portland’s homeless community, watch in horror. Was there any attempt to de-escalate the situation before officers open fire inside the homeless shelter full of innocent bystanders? If not, why not?”

On Sunday a makeshift memorial was held outside Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter to honor Elifritz.

Several friends paid their respects, including his childhood friend Victoria Nevarez.

“He was an upstanding individual with a family, daughter, grandchildren,” Nevarez told KATU-TV. “John-John would give you the shirt off his back. He would’ve done anything in the world for anybody.

“He would take his last $5 and give it to anybody that needed it.”

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Texas governor pledges 1,000 National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border

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iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would raise the total number of Texas National Guard troops to “more than 1,000” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Across all border states, “the goal is to have at least 4,000 deployed here in about a month or two,” the Republican governor said Monday during a radio interview with KTSA.

Texas will increase its number of Guardsmen by about 300 per week until “fully staffed up,” Abbott said. About 250 troops currently are near the border.

Texas announced the deployment of 150 Guardsmen to support Trump’s new border-security mission on Friday night.

Over the weekend, they met with officials from Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security in five sectors along the southern border.

That group of 150 individuals joined 100 Guardsmen, who had been working on a previous border-support mission.

The Arizona National Guard has announced the deployment of 338 members. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, was present to send off the first group of 225 on Monday.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, has expressed support for National Guard troops supporting Border Patrol agents in her state, but not deployed them.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, is considering sending California National Guardsmen to the border, according to Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan, a Guard spokesman.

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Arizona deploys 338 National Guardsmen to Trump's border mission

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iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Arizona is deploying 338 National Guard troops to support President Donald Trump’s border security mission.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, was present to send 225 troops on Monday. Later in the day, the Arizona National Guard announced an additional 113 troops would deploy on Tuesday.

“Guardsmen will be sent to the border to provide mission-enhancing capabilities that will help U.S. Customs and Border Protection increase operational control of the region,” an Arizona National Guard press release said of the first group of 225 Guardsmen. “The Guard will provide air support, reconnaissance support, operational support, construction of border infrastructure and logistical support.”

The smaller group of 113 Guardsmen will “provide support to federal, state, county, tribal and local law enforcement agencies in stopping illicit activity including the flow of trafficked people, criminals, narcotics, weapons, and ammunition trafficked in the state,” a second press release said.

Last Friday, Ducey announced that as many as 150 Guardsmen could be deployed to the border this week, but that number has now been upped to 338.

Over the weekend, the Arizona National Guard activated a team of planners who will coordinate the arrival of new troops.

The Texas National Guard has also deployed 150 members for the border security mission announced by Trump earlier last week. They will be integrated with 100 Texas Guardsmen who had been working on a previous border support mission.

On Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signed a memo that authorized the federal government to pay for the potential deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard troops for the border mission through September.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, has expressed support for National Guard troops supporting Border Patrol agents in her state, but not deployed them.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, is considering sending California National Guardsmen to the border, according to Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan, a A Guard spokesman.

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"This One's for You Too": Luke Combs gives his fans a deluxe thank you

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By Music News Group

River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleAlmost exactly a year after Luke Combs‘ debut album came out, it’s getting the deluxe treatment.

The gold-certified This One’s for You was released on June 2, 2017, and on June 1 of this year, the cleverly-titled This One’s for You Too will arrive.

The deluxe incarnation adds five new tracks to the original set’s twelve, including “Must’ve Never Met You,” “Houston, We Got a Problem,” and “A Long Way.” Another track, “She Got the Best of Me,” is a fan favorite from Luke’s earlier, independently-released EPs. We’ll get our first taste of the new music on May 4, when the fifth new track, “Beautiful Crazy,” becomes available to stream or download.

The North Carolina says the album update is just his way of giving fans what they want, and expressing his gratitude.

“As a songwriter, I’m always writing and adding new songs to our set lists,” Luke explains. “Some songs I haven’t released have even become staples in our shows because the fans request them.”

“As we’re working on the next record,” he continues, “the deluxe gives me the chance to say thank you to the fans for supporting my debut album and share with them some of the new music they’ve fallen in love with on the road with us.”

Right now, Luke’s Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time headlining tour rolls on, before he joins Jason Aldean‘s High Noon Neon trek this summer.

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Source:: Country Music News


Nominations Now Open For The 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Awards

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Nominations are now open for the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Awards. Nominations are now open for the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Awards. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will again serve as the Honorary Chair of the award committee. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards are administered by the OneStar Foundation, and are an opportunity for the state of Texas to honor those who exhibit excellence in serving their communities.

Nominations are open in eight categories:

  • Governor’s Lone Star Achievement
  • ​First Lady’s Rising Star
  • Partners in Education
  • Service to Veterans
  • Higher Education Community Impact
  • Corporate Community Impact
  • Community Leadership
  • National Service “Make a Difference” Award

To nominate an individual or organization for the award, go to:


To see the descriptions and criteria for each award, visit:


Nominations will close on Monday, May 14, 2018, and awardees will be honored in October at an evening reception at the Governor’s Mansion.

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Source:: Office of the Governor


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