Diamond Bar man shot, killed after high-speed police chase

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A Diamond Bar man was fatally shot by sheriff's deputies after he led them on a high-speed chase late Saturday evening.
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Sabrina v

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Jan 11, 2009
 
Leonard better known as Lenny is my cousin and he will be greatly missed by our family. The pain his family is going through is undescribaly as he was their only son. Please keep them in prayer I hope the police officers conduct in this incident was necessary because his death has caused much pain...
Night Watch

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Jan 12, 2009
 
it is with great regret that a life has been taken due to criminal element, and my only one question that may never be answered, is why did he not stop, and also, anyone in a pursuit, & when the car comes to a stop, if you decided to reverse or continue in any manner, this only gives the law reason to shot, and if they were in harms-way, then the shooting will be justified, unless you have a witness saying otherwise?? any time a life is lost, it most certainly affect many; this reason for the stop initially is not given and was it called in prior to the pursuit, as to why they wanted to stop this car and or person, which, by the time indicated, I'm certain that the cops could not have made a proper I-D of the driver in question, there exist many questions from the start to finish that must be answered? was there any warrants on this car or affect to it? the family can only look into this area now, and find some closure to it, as why, when , where, what, because we already know who??
Mary Lazos

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Jan 12, 2009
 
this is a tragedy. i knew leonard from mt.sac. we were in the alcohol n drug courses. he was very sweet n i hope n pray that they do investigate those pigs. i doubt that he did anything to deserve to be killed. my prayers go out to his parents n entire family.
Julio

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Jan 12, 2009
 
Mary Lazos wrote:
this is a tragedy. i knew leonard from mt.sac. we were in the alcohol n drug courses. he was very sweet n i hope n pray that they do investigate those pigs. i doubt that he did anything to deserve to be killed. my prayers go out to his parents n entire family.
Really? They have drug and alcohol classses? Was that your major?
Tragedy for who? Certainly not law abiding, civilized society.
I'm sure Leonard was a prince, as evidenced by the fact that he was on active parole for narcotics violations. Leonard caused this whole situation. What if he had crashed into a car full of innocent people? Did you think of that? Or were you just looking for an excuse to defend your dirtbag friend and call these heroes names?
I hope and pray that his family finds some level of comfort. I also hope and pray that you pull your head out of your a$$ soon.
Julio

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Jan 12, 2009
 
Night Watch wrote:
it is with great regret that a life has been taken due to criminal element, and my only one question that may never be answered, is why did he not stop, and also, anyone in a pursuit, & when the car comes to a stop, if you decided to reverse or continue in any manner, this only gives the law reason to shot, and if they were in harms-way, then the shooting will be justified, unless you have a witness saying otherwise?? any time a life is lost, it most certainly affect many; this reason for the stop initially is not given and was it called in prior to the pursuit, as to why they wanted to stop this car and or person, which, by the time indicated, I'm certain that the cops could not have made a proper I-**** of the driver in question, there exist many questions from the start to finish that must be answered? was there any warrants on this car or affect to it? the family can only look into this area now, and find some closure to it, as why, when , where, what, because we already know who??
So, yain't no eengleesh major? Must've gone to Glenn
Sandra V

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Jan 12, 2009
 
Lenny will be missed greatly by the Vasquez Family of El Monte. Our Prayers go out to the family of this young man, who has been in our lives for over 25 years. He helped confort me and my family in the loss of my olderst sibling, as well as a long time friend of my brothers and family. He will be greatly missed, and our prayers go out the to family that is left behind to deal with the huge loss. Vasquez family.

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Jan 12, 2009
 
Julio wrote:
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Really? They have drug and alcohol classses? Was that your major?
Tragedy for who? Certainly not law abiding, civilized society.
I'm sure Leonard was a prince, as evidenced by the fact that he was on active parole for narcotics violations. Leonard caused this whole situation. What if he had crashed into a car full of innocent people? Did you think of that? Or were you just looking for an excuse to defend your dirtbag friend and call these heroes names?
I hope and pray that his family finds some level of comfort. I also hope and pray that you pull your head out of your **** soon.
Laughed my @$$ off at your first and your last comments! Excellent post!
Gang Bangers SUCK

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Jan 12, 2009
 
Mary Lazos wrote:
this is a tragedy. i knew leonard from mt.sac. we were in the alcohol n drug courses. he was very sweet n i hope n pray that they do investigate those pigs. i doubt that he did anything to deserve to be killed. my prayers go out to his parents n entire family.
He tried to run over the cops. Apparently, in your book, that's not enough reason to shoot him. Wow, drug and alcohol classes. You must be a real piece of work, too. Tell me, in those drug and alcohol classes, didn't they teach you not to run from the cops? And didn't they tell you if you try to run a cop over you're going to get shot? I thought that was taught in Common Sense 101.
Idiots

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Jan 12, 2009
 
Dumb dumb dumb...why would you try to run over cops?
Gang Bangers SUCK

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Jan 12, 2009
 
Even more stupid, why would you try to run them over?!
Julio

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Jan 12, 2009
 
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Laughed my @$$ off at your first and your last comments! Excellent post!
Thanks.
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Jan 12, 2009
 
Sandra V wrote:
Lenny will be missed greatly by the Vasquez Family of El Monte. Our Prayers go out to the family of this young man, who has been in our lives for over 25 years. He helped confort me and my family in the loss of my olderst sibling, as well as a long time friend of my brothers and family. He will be greatly missed, and our prayers go out the to family that is left behind to deal with the huge loss. Vasquez family.
I'm sorry that you are dealing with this.
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Jan 12, 2009
 
Lenny was my cousin and he will be greatly missed. He didn't deserve to die this way; he comes from a good family with strong religious beliefs. Lenny was loved by so many people and it is a shame to have lost him this way. His father stuffed a heart attack when given the news that his only son was killed. His mother is also suffering the lost of her only son. The Velasquez family needs our prayers; so please pray for us as we mourn the loss of our family member.
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Jan 12, 2009
 
Maybe "Lenny" should have been more considerate of his family members. Apparently he didn't care about them very much because judging by his actions and criminal activity he sure didn't represent the family very well.
Christina_ SA TEXAS

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Jan 12, 2009
 
Lenny was my cousin whom I hadn't seen in over 20 years. Iím a high school teacher for juniors and seniors who take my class called Engineering Technology. Photos from the scene can be viewed at www.dailybulletin.com

Without providing my students any personal information just the articles from the internet and one photo of the vehicle found at this site; my students had a different story to tell. As they enlarged the photo they measured the tires along with the depth of the ground of one tires. They notice something. They also observed the damage to the rear driver side tire they concluded that the car was not going in reverse. Also they notice that the rail ties on the ground and the distant from the chain link fence didnít measure up to the story that they read. Remember these are just high school students.
I totally agree that Lenny should not have leaded them on a chase or resisted arrest when first being pulled over. He could have injured or even killed someone. It was a very bad decision however when my students searched the internet and realized the fatal police shootings in this area were very high 36 plus in 2008 they just shook their heads. We are not experts believe me, this is just what we think thatís all.
We donít need trigger happy cops on the streets either. I know it was a scary night for all of them. But the article said that Lenny shifted into gear and was heading towards them and they feared for their safety.
Look at the photo. Was it really heading towards them? Or did they just see the white rear lights turn on in the dark street of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Thatís all I have to say.
Rest in Peace Lenny from all of us in San Antonio, Texas we will miss you.
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Jan 12, 2009
 
Christina_ SA TEXAS wrote:
Lenny was my cousin whom I hadn't seen in over 20 years. Iím a high school teacher for juniors and seniors who take my class called Engineering Technology. Photos from the scene can be viewed at www.dailybulletin.com
Without providing my students any personal information just the articles from the internet and one photo of the vehicle found at this site; my students had a different story to tell. As they enlarged the photo they measured the tires along with the depth of the ground of one tires. They notice something. They also observed the damage to the rear driver side tire they concluded that the car was not going in reverse. Also they notice that the rail ties on the ground and the distant from the chain link fence didnít measure up to the story that they read. Remember these are just high school students.
I totally agree that Lenny should not have leaded them on a chase or resisted arrest when first being pulled over. He could have injured or even killed someone. It was a very bad decision however when my students searched the internet and realized the fatal police shootings in this area were very high 36 plus in 2008 they just shook their heads. We are not experts believe me, this is just what we think thatís all.
We donít need trigger happy cops on the streets either. I know it was a scary night for all of them. But the article said that Lenny shifted into gear and was heading towards them and they feared for their safety.
Look at the photo. Was it really heading towards them? Or did they just see the white rear lights turn on in the dark street of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Thatís all I have to say.
Rest in Peace Lenny from all of us in San Antonio, Texas we will miss you.
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I too viewed the pictures and something just didn't seem right, ecspecially and I know this man. But I guess as society were trained to believe what the media shows and tells us. Leonard was a dear friend of me and my son, and I will miss him. Please pray for his family they need your prayers right now. And pleeease don't be so quick to judge, because you never know when and if you'll be put in a position where what your hearing about a close one is surreal, because you know this person, and it can't be true. Yes he should have stopped, but we all make mistakes, if that's trully the case. I'm a little older now so my vision isn't what it used to be, but I didn't see any bullet holes in the car, nor the back window. Also, he was stopped for a veichle code violation, I'm assuming that was due to the tinted windows or maybe even the music. The article does reads that no drugs or weapons were found in the car. Be very careful of the judgements you make, because you will be judged.
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Jan 21, 2009
 
just jump out of the way, blow out the tires, street officers have totally abused the privledge of carring their guns, they want to use the weapon, before these, cops in the same situations, found ways to capture their suspects." HEY, I GOT TO PULL MY GUN ON SO&SO..THEN they get nightmares then it turns into a callous to where they find a chance to pull the gun at another suspect.. Now if you actually see a weapon on a suspect their are times to use your weapon...but come on was this one of them...where is the truth..he had dealt with drugs, but what why did mr. velasques, speed away...their are ways to stopp this speeding vehicles they have done it before....my prayers go out to the family...he had a family that cared and loved him, unconditional live...this officers have families,too..let some of your suspects go to trial...alive.....
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Feb 7, 2009
 
If any of you really knew Leonard you would know that he is not a runner, he had a great personality and could talk to any one at any level, This whole situation has me stumped. As you can see in the photo of the car on the front page that there were no shots fired through the back window, soooo if he was trying to back into them (the police) wouldn't you think they would have shot through the back window? instead of through the drivers side window!
Leonard was an ANGEL in my life and I had the pleasure of knowing him for 10 years, he saved my life and only wanted the best for me, he incouraged me in many ways and always had my back. I will miss him tremendously, however I will never forget him or the great things he has done for me as well as others he has come in contact with throughout his life, I love you Leonard and you will always be in my heart and prayers.
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Feb 7, 2009
 
I wonder how much his family wants for his tragic death. He ran for a reason. People who run from the police are BAD. Point Blank! You pull over to the right when you see those red lights. Let me guess Denise, the police were out to get him. HUH? Your ANGEL f'd up and paid with his life.

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