Five cops risk lives to save accused attempted murderer from burning apartment

first_imgHOLLYWOOD – A scream for help on Saturday morning turned into a dramatic rescue that sent five cops to the hospital, a woman to the hospital and a man to jail. Around 10:35 a.m., patrol officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood station received a call of a woman screaming in distress at 839 Fuller Ave. They arrived at the two-story, 10-unit apartment building and found a ground-floor apartment ablaze, with a shaken woman outside. Officers Eric Perez and Officer Ricardo Oliva were first on the scene, followed by Carrie Chang and John Engels. Sgt. Sal Ogaz also rushed to the blaze. Radioing for help, they grabbed their fire extinguishers and waded into the smoke. “When they saw the flames were engulfing it and that an individual was inside, they made the decision to go in,” said Sgt. Todd Trulock. “They don’t have any breathing equipment or anything. They determined the risk was great enough that they had to act.” Inside, they located an unconscious 67-year-old man, believed to be the woman’s husband, and pulled him to safety. They then attacked the flames while they waited for the fire department to arrive. After pulling the man, identified as Moshe Simeon Jacobs, from the burning building, officers revived him with cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He became combative and the cops cuffed him and arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder for setting the apartment on fire. “We commend these police officers for their quick and decisive action, which clearly lessened the injuries and possibly saved the lives of this man and woman,” said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. “To go in there without breathing apparatus, you never know what you’re going to find.” Firefighters declared the blaze officially extinguished at 10:54 a.m. They transported Jacobs, the 58-year-old woman and all five officers to local hospitals for treatment for smoke inhalation. The cops took brief stays in the hospital, then returned to their black-and-whites. “They’ve been treated, released and they’re back on patrol,” said LAPD spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman. [email protected] (818) 713-3738 For more cops and crime tales, check out It’s a Crime.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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