3 in custody after gun battle

3 in custody after gun battle

There are 60 comments on the Palo Alto Daily News story from Mar 10, 2008, titled 3 in custody after gun battle. In it, Palo Alto Daily News reports that:

Three known East Palo Alto gang members were arrested Saturday after an early morning gun battle and a high-speed chase across the Dumbarton Bridge.
Three known East Palo Alto gang members were arrested Saturday after an early morning gun battle and a high-speed chase across the Dumbarton Bridge. <br/> <br/>Chester Best, Stoney Gipson and Oliver Ware, all in their 20s, were booked for resisting arrest, evading a police officer in a vehicle and possession of a firearm, East Palo Alto police Detective Ed Soares said. Ware and Gipson posted bail at 11 a.m. Saturday. <br/> <br/>The department is also looking to add a gang enhancement to the charges because the three men have strong ties to the Mid Town Taliban, an organized East Palo Alto gang with about 20 known members, Soares said. <br/> <br/>Best and Ware are East Palo Alto residents, while Gipson currently has a Stockton address. All have criminal histories, Soares said. <br/> <br/>No one was injured in the altercation, Soares said. <br/> <br/>"Very rarely do we get three suspects with gang ties, and who are armed," Soares said. "This was good work by our patrol officers." <br/> <br/>Police responded around 2 a.m. Saturday to three separate reports of shots fired, one at University Avenue and Bell Street, and two more in the 2100 and 2200 blocks of Capitol Avenue. <br/> <br/>The shots were pinpointed by Shotspotter, a new device that can locate gunfire through soundwaves and send locations to officers through dispatch. <br/> <br/>A sergeant saw a dark-colored sedan leaving the area and attempted to follow it, but couldn't keep up in the older police vehicle. <br/> <br/>Another officer, driving a Dodge Charger squad car, was called in and gave chase. <br/> <br/>For about 10 minutes, the suspects led three police cars through East Palo Alto side streets and then crossed the bridge into Fremont and Union City, where their car hit a curb, blowing out the front right tire. The three suspects fled on foot. <br/> <br/>Dozens of local police helped the three East Palo Alto officers lay down a perimeter, and helicopters were deployed, Soares said. <br/> <br/>Best was apprehended almost immediately, while Ware and Gipson split up. Soares said one officer <br/> <br/>managed to apprehend the two separately. <br/> <br/>Witnesses who saw the initial gun battle told Soares that the three suspects and another unidentified car were shooting at each other. The suspects could also each face a count of negligent discharging of a firearm, if five shell casings that he found on the scene match any of the three handguns Best, Gipson and Ware were armed with. <br/> <br/>The gun battle could be linked to a shooting Thursday afternoon that left a man injured. Soares said the victim has ties to the Village neighborhood, or Da Vill, and had entered a section of Mid Town, which the Taliban claims. <br/> <br/>"When a gang member enters different turf, it's a sign of disrespect," Soares said. "Basically, it's 'Shoot on sight.'" <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/>E-mail Banks Albach at <br/> <br/>[email protected] <br/>
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Izzy Newkirk

Fremont, CA

#43 Mar 31, 2008
You hit the nail on the head.. almost. Yes, I've been baiting these Northwestern guys with childish schoolyard taunts; it serves to unmask them, show their true feelings toward caucasians, even YOU are judged already, my friend.

The guys who are doing your lawn and installing your linoleum quiet and politely are singing quite a different tune behind our backs..
palangi!
Dont Believe the Hype wrote:
Just an observation...the local folks will talk smack, insult each other a bit, and bring up the names of those involved (Stoney Gipson for example) and someone from Washington will come back with vile hatred, threats, and mega racist stuff. I noticed this in the Islander commentaries too. If someone makes racist comments...which a local did here...hit the report abuse button, don't fire back with a level of racism that makes his look tame...get a grip already...lets talk issues folks...you can talkm about all of your desire to kill and your hatred of all that is white or brown later. <quoted text>
Bush on Crack

Seattle, WA

#44 Mar 31, 2008
Izzy Newkirk wrote:
You hit the nail on the head.. almost. Yes, I've been baiting these Northwestern guys with childish schoolyard taunts; it serves to unmask them, show their true feelings toward caucasians, even YOU are judged already, my friend.
The guys who are doing your lawn and installing your linoleum quiet and politely are singing quite a different tune behind our backs..
palangi!
<quoted text>
Like I said, you need to join the KKK forum. They're your kind, we people of color know how to get along with one another. You white races fool always got to put your races remarks on everything. Does everything has to be races in your view? And the hell is palangi?
Izzy Newkirk

Fremont, CA

#45 Apr 1, 2008
People of color know how to get along?! Are you kidding me? Are you living in a gated community in Saskatchewan? Down here in Calif., the Mexicans and the blacks are shooting it out every night in Oakland, The Asians hate the blacks more than you can imagine, and I won't even get into the Tongan-Samoan
war. Last I checked the Italian Americans, Irish Americans, German americans, French, etc. seem to be getting along quite well.
Oh, palangi is the Samoan racist word for white people, like 'honky'
or 'gringo'
Bush on Crack wrote:
<quoted text>
Like I said, you need to join the KKK forum. They're your kind, we people of color know how to get along with one another. You white races fool always got to put your races remarks on everything. Does everything has to be races in your view? And the hell is palangi?
The Man

United States

#46 Apr 1, 2008
Rachel Gipson wrote:
It awes me how the police can come up with these ridiculous accusations. The may have retrieved firearms but to concoct the story about gang membership is totally a lie. My son has never been in a gang, I don't believe there is even a gang called the Taliban in East Palo Alto.
HA HA HA HA HA. It awes me how you defend your criminal son you low life. Yeah, I'll bet the gang is a fabrication, just like the gun the cops fabricated in their imagination and magically put in your son's car. Same thing happens to me all the time, I can understand. One second you're studying for your physics exam drinking a cup of tea, next thing you know you're bustin caps, driving 100 MPH running from the cops, and getting thrown in the slammer. Hate it when that happens to me, damn cops have great imaginations to constantly come up with these elaborately orchestrated schemes to lock up innocent law-abiding upstanding citizens like your son.
Bush on Crack

Seattle, WA

#47 Apr 1, 2008
"Izzy Newkirk"

Yeah that's right, you only speaking about California. But you know what that's California and California doesn't speaks for the whole entire race problem. It defnitely not in the city where I live or the State for that matter. See here in Seattle I can go any where any community and feel welcome by any people from any race. Now as far California, yeah you're right about that because ther're nothing but hood rats that roaming in your streets.
Sucka Free

Sunnyvale, CA

#48 Apr 5, 2008
Dem Tray Talibaners couldn't out run dem new Dodge Chargers East Paly PD B rollin in. Too Bad So Sad.

DA VILL VILLANS fo life!!!!!!
Educated East Palo Altan

Vacaville, CA

#49 Apr 5, 2008
Izzy Newkirk wrote:
People of color know how to get along?! Are you kidding me? Are you living in a gated community in Saskatchewan? Down here in Calif., the Mexicans and the blacks are shooting it out every night in Oakland, The Asians hate the blacks more than you can imagine, and I won't even get into the Tongan-Samoan
war. Last I checked the Italian Americans, Irish Americans, German americans, French, etc. seem to be getting along quite well.
Oh, palangi is the Samoan racist word for white people, like 'honky'
or 'gringo'
<quoted text>
I love it! Man IZZY! You can really piss off the masses here, but unfortunately I have to agree with you. As a person of color I see how we don't really don't undestand how the world turns. Its so sad that all the folks of color are fighting themselves.
I believe that we need to get f'ing hard on the criminal aspect. Stop this babysitting "you got rights" run they asses in for the least little thing. You on the street you get slammed, you crusin speading noise pollution, run em in, you get caught running or with a gun you don't bail out, give em time off the streets - LOCK THEY ASSES UP.
They could never do this in Newark right Izzy? They couldn't do this in Hayward, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale right? Ya'll asses would be a fatality killed by the police if you tried the shit you do in EPA.
Ya'll so stupid. You get a chance to do what you do cus white folks let you in EPA but ya'll little asses better not come to their communites.
I say the time has come. We EPA residents want ya'll off the streets, in jail, I want people to understand it is not ok to live like this. Those of us who work all day and who abide by the rules, who are trying to raise families and who pay high house payments deserve to live in a safe and sane community.
The police are not my favorite choice for making this right, but right now they are our only choice and we think they are too soft. They need to start rollin up these hardheads and start kickin some ass.
Furthermore, check what happened yesterday. Police chase, shots fired, helicopters and air searches and nothing in the Daily News. Yeah, who is gettin paid to keep it all quite?
Blacks, Samoans, Togans, Mexicans needs to get a grip. You cant continue to be ignorant for the rest of your life. I have to agree with "whitey" he's right. Ya'll need to start acting like the rest of civilized society. Yo asses need to get whacked - this ain't yo town its ours - We want yo welfare raised ghetto asses out of here NOW!
Izzy its still yo white folks fault. Ya'll was too liberal passin out welfare checks instead of making these welfare Mamas get some education and learn about how to live and how to raise their children and not lay on their backs. Now, ya'll white folks are complaining about how we be acted. I say ya'll need to do what yall doin in Iraq and we can start over - clean slate. I won't be hatin I'm on yo side man!
Saber1

Seattle, WA

#50 Apr 5, 2008
Educated East Palo Altan wrote:
<quoted text>
I love it! Man IZZY! You can really piss off the masses here, but unfortunately I have to agree with you. As a person of color I see how we don't really don't undestand how the world turns. Its so sad that all the folks of color are fighting themselves.
I believe that we need to get f'ing hard on the criminal aspect. Stop this babysitting "you got rights" run they asses in for the least little thing. You on the street you get slammed, you crusin speading noise pollution, run em in, you get caught running or with a gun you don't bail out, give em time off the streets - LOCK THEY ASSES UP.
They could never do this in Newark right Izzy? They couldn't do this in Hayward, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale right? Ya'll asses would be a fatality killed by the police if you tried the shit you do in EPA.
Ya'll so stupid. You get a chance to do what you do cus white folks let you in EPA but ya'll little asses better not come to their communites.
I say the time has come. We EPA residents want ya'll off the streets, in jail, I want people to understand it is not ok to live like this. Those of us who work all day and who abide by the rules, who are trying to raise families and who pay high house payments deserve to live in a safe and sane community.
The police are not my favorite choice for making this right, but right now they are our only choice and we think they are too soft. They need to start rollin up these hardheads and start kickin some ass.
Furthermore, check what happened yesterday. Police chase, shots fired, helicopters and air searches and nothing in the Daily News. Yeah, who is gettin paid to keep it all quite?
Blacks, Samoans, Togans, Mexicans needs to get a grip. You cant continue to be ignorant for the rest of your life. I have to agree with "whitey" he's right. Ya'll need to start acting like the rest of civilized society. Yo asses need to get whacked - this ain't yo town its ours - We want yo welfare raised ghetto asses out of here NOW!
Izzy its still yo white folks fault. Ya'll was too liberal passin out welfare checks instead of making these welfare Mamas get some education and learn about how to live and how to raise their children and not lay on their backs. Now, ya'll white folks are complaining about how we be acted. I say ya'll need to do what yall doin in Iraq and we can start over - clean slate. I won't be hatin I'm on yo side man!
Well most of all, I know most people of color in my area in Seattle knows how to get a long. Oh yeah, don't get wrong we do have gangs here but most of them are copy cat with nothing better to do. I do understand the frustration that most of you are going through and I know some you feel like you want to take the Law in your hands. But that would just do more harm than good. I know when look at the top of the surface, it seems like a racial problem but is not, I think is lack of community leaders. You guys don't need the police to police the street, you certainly can help the police by starting video taping illegal activity's that is going on in your community's. That way when some goes to court, the police department would have enough evidence to support their case and put away those ignorant scumbags for long long time. I'm the same way, I HATE SCUMBAGS THAT THEY THINK THEY CAN RUN THE STREET. Good thing it's not in my block.
The Lofton Family

Redmond, WA

#51 Jul 16, 2008
The Lofton's Family will like for The Community Of East Palo Alto to read the letter below. The letter below describe how Officer Detective Edward J Soars of The East Palo Alto Police Department. Soares went to Maguire Facility in Redwood City California. At 10:00 pm. Kenneth Lofton was removed from his cell from the request of Officer SOARES and taking to booking. Soares had other Correctional Officers to lewd Kenneth Lofton to Soares. Soares then took DNA from Kenneth Lofton unwilling.. Officer Soares exact words when he enter the Booking Room "What You Think This About I Got Your ASS Now You Don't Now Who You Messing With"...... Do the People of America find this a little disturbing...

PLEASE READ THE LETTER BELOW

Heavenly Creations
In Care Of

Kenneth Wayne Lofton
P O Box 340453
Sacramento California 95834

Attention: Chief Ronald L. Davis, East Palo Alto Police Department, San Mateo County, Department Of Justice, The California District Attorney, News Media, Public Announcement and The Lofton's Family

The Lofton Family

Redmond, WA

#52 Jul 16, 2008
Soares took a sample of Kenneth Wayne Lofton DNA from his mouth with a swab. This will be the 2 DNA that was collected one by court order and one by Officer Dectective Soares. Kenneth believe that Officer Detective Soares is capable of using tainted DNA against Kenneth Lofton in his Trail and trying to set him up with DNA he collected. Kenneth Lofton DNA was tested previously and came back inconclusive not a match to Kenneth Lofton. Why Officer Detective Edward Soares is taking his own DNA for evidence? We believe that our Family isn't the only Family that has experience this kind of Police Misconduct with Officer Detective Edward Soares. Officer Dectective Edward John Soares is testifying against Kenneth Lofton Trail in July 2008. We believe Kenneth Lofton don't stand a chance for a fair Trail.
We as a Family believe that Kenneth Wayne Lofton is in great danger. Kenneth has file a complaint with The East Palo Alto Police Department. Against Officer Detective Soares and Officer Ramzi Carter. Officer Carter is no longer active with East Palo Alto Police Department. Kenneth also filed a complaint with San Mateo County, The Department Of Justice and The California District Attorney's Office. We as a Family believe if Soares have authority and authorization to enter a Correctional Facility at 10:30 pm at night to grant access to get DNA from a inmate who Soares arrested is not acceptable by any means. As a arresting officer why is Soares the one collecting evidence in Kenneth Lofton Trail? Kenneth Lofton Trail starts in 3 weeks all evidence should have had already been collected in Kenneth Lofton case. August 2007 was the time when Kenneth Lofton was arrested by Officer Ramzi Carter Officer Edward Soares.
The Lofton Family

Redmond, WA

#53 Jul 16, 2008
WHY??????? Is Kenneth Lofton in Jail! Officer Soares had stop Kenneth Lofton before he arrested Kenneth Lofton. In Soares Court Records Soares said Kenneth Lofton showed Officer Soares his Parole Release Card. Officer Soares had already ranned Kenneth Lofton arresting history and his Parole and Probation status previously. Officer Ramzi Carter and Officer Edward Soares charge Kenneth Lofton with Possession Of A Control Substance and Paraphernalia charges that day. We also believe that Soares is using The County of San Mateo Correctional Officers and Officers of East Palo Alto Police Department to Violated Kenneth Lofton Civil Rights. Kenneth Lofton and his Family fear for his life and safety.

Thanks,

The Lofton's Family

Judge Claudia Ann Wilkens
Will be the judge looking over the Cival Lawsuit.
The layman

United States

#54 Jul 16, 2008
To the Lofton family,...The truth is the truth, and a lie is a lie. When an individual is fabricating a case to be presented before a court of law. It is under oath, whether its *Muni,*Superior,..*Federal,Or civil. The penalty of perjury applies not even the president can elude that. My advice is to save all transcripts in order by dates and hearings. thats your reciepts,...next act now go to the law library now, the answers are already there in the books of appeals, there is nothing new in due proccess of the law, What ever is happening to Kenny,...the definition is in the law library. the building is across the street from the courthouse in downtown Redwood city. The swabbing for DNA is in the books know your rights,look in the books it is free. you have 3weeks to learn how to use that public tool. And if theres an appeal you will be ready!! I have been there and done that, THATS WHY I LABELED MYSELF, the layman.
Izzy Newkirk

Fremont, CA

#55 Jul 17, 2008
They tried to; saggy pants slowed em down. At least they looked cool,
when the cop shoved his knee into the back of Stoney's neck.
Anonymous wrote:
Dammit Stoney and Poppa...should've ran faster dammit.
ha ha

Santa Cruz, CA

#56 Jul 25, 2008
update they all out free da drop da case good police work
Common Sense

United States

#57 Jul 25, 2008
Jesus H. Christ! Will someone please buy the Lofton family a grammar checker for their God damn blog posts. Learn the difference between past and present tenses you friggin momos.
GET REAL

San Rafael, CA

#58 Jul 25, 2008
Sacster & 500 boyz that's crazy how you Sac Street dudes get on here and reference murders and put peoples names out their like Eddie Miles...and now you're basically saying, that you will eventually kill Stoney Gibson....when is the cycle going to stop? This saddens me that there's so much ignorance by all in my community. Stop the violence and live to see a better day folks!!
500 boyz wrote:
lol chester when you hit the pen its cleats.....aug31 2005 aint forgot...right when you was bout to get the eddie miles treatment...chester best lol
IT IS WAT IT IS

United States

#59 Jul 25, 2008
Everything comes to an end. Good luck to all those involved. There might not be anyone standing around on SAC anymore. But there still stong and all over. Da county the Pin and the street. So keep your eyes open and dont fall asleep.
somewhere in flooda state

Oakland, CA

#60 Jul 25, 2008
hes safer in jail we should make a petition to leave him out... we might get lucky lol
REAL wrote:
There is a such thing as the Taliban! It may not be the old school type of gangs but hell you might ass well call it one! And I hope the police get all these dumb young shooters!!! Including Stoney, because he has been involved in several shootings, whether you wanna believe it or not!!
There is a turf war and it needs to stop! None of the "gang members" own any property any damn way!
triple threat

Sacramento, CA

#61 Oct 15, 2012
taliban press rep wrote:
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anybody can get it aug 31, 2005 was a good day rip Eddie Myles
stop the violence but yea rip eddie
menlo

Castro Valley, CA

#62 Dec 11, 2012
lol tick toc ced got shot lol

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