UC system won’t help feds on immigration
SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California has made a bold pledge to protect its students who entered the country illegally, saying it will not assist government agencies trying to enforce federal immigration laws.
In a “Statement of Principles,” UC President Janet Napolitano says the system’s 10 campuses will also refuse to turn over confidential student records without court orders or cooperate with any federal effort to create a national registry based on race, religion or national origin.
Gunman fatally shot after killing officer
SEATTLE — A state police officer responding to a domestic-violence call was fatally shot and his fellow officers were still taking fire as they removed him from a home, beginning an 11-hour standoff during which authorities say the gunman used two young children as human shields.
The fallen officer, Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez, had served with the department since 1999 and was highly respected and experienced, Tacoma Police Chief Donald Ramsdell told reporters Thursday.
Early Thursday, authorities say a deputy got “a clear shot” and killed the suspect as officers rescued an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the gunman had refused to surrender during negotiations. His name was not released.
Boy fires shotgun
in class, is disarmed
BOUNTIFUL — Police said two fast-acting parents disarmed their 15-year-old son at a Utah junior high school Thursday after the teenager brought the family’s shotgun and handgun to school and fired a round into the ceiling of a classroom without injuring anyone.
Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross said the boy’s mother and father became concerned about their son Thursday morning. They went to Mueller Park Junior High in the northern Utah city of Bountiful when they noticed a handgun and shotgun were missing from their home. Ross said the parents confronted their son and disarmed him.
Student Dan Fowers, 15, told The Associated Press that the teenager came into a classroom minutes after class began and fired one round from a shotgun into the ceiling before a woman grabbed the gun from the boy and told him to stop.
Bus driver not talking
about deadly crash
NASHVILLE — The driver in a Chattanooga school bus wreck that killed six children last week has declined to be interviewed by federal crash investigators on advice of his lawyer, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.
The NTSB has filed subpoenas to obtain 24-year-old driver Johnthony Walker’s medical and mental health history. Investigators are also seeking his cellphone records and employment details from his second job with Amazon. The agency’s final report is expected to be presented within 18 months.
Fire deaths rise to 10 in Smoky Mountains
GATLINBURG — Crews discovered the remains of three more people as they searched the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, bringing the death toll to 10, officials said Thursday.
Authorities set up a hotline for people to report missing friends and relatives, and after following up on dozens of leads, they said many of those people had been accounted for.