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Burglary Suspect Arrested, Shooting Suspect Charged

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By Jorge Casuso

May 20, 2021 -- On Thursday, County prosecutors filed charges against a felon in a firearms assault in Sunset Park, while Santa Monica police arrested a homeless man caught burglarizing a Mid City store.

The burglary took place in the early hours of Thursday morning at a business in the 1600 block of 19th Street, said Police Department spokesman Lt. Rudy Flores.

Christopher Reid Murphy

Officers responded to a call at around 3:25 a.m. from an employee reporting a burglary in progress, Flores said.

The caller "told police dispatch that he could hear someone on the roof," he said. "He also mentioned that the business was burglarized the night before."

Officers arriving at the scene found a man on the rooftop carrying a stolen item, Flores said. When he saw the officers, the man "quickly retreated out of sight."

The suspect was given several commands but refused to comply, and police quickly established a perimeter, he said.

With the help of Police K 9 and the Department's drone, officers located the suspect hiding in a storage room, Flores said.

He was taken into custody and identified as Christopher Reid Murphy, a 27-year-old homeless White male.

Murphy was booked for burglary and resisting, delaying and obstructing arrest, police said. He is also on formal probation for burglary.
Tarra Kenay Sheffield

Also on Thursday, the Los Angeles District Attorney filed charges against Tarra Kenay Sheffield, a 27-year-old Black female, for her involvement in a shooting incident that took place early Monday afternoon.

Officers responded to the shooting that took place at around 12:30 p.m. in an alley on the 2400 block of Ocean Park Boulevard.

Witnesses told police the victim was "pushing a stroller filled with personal property, when a vehicle drove past him," Flores said.

The vehicle "suddenly reversed and hit the victim’s stroller causing all the items to fall out and scatter onto the ground."

The driver, later identified as Sheffield, "got out of the car, and walked to the victim, while he was gathering his belongings," Flores said.

Sheffield said a few words, "as she produced a handgun and fired one round to the ground in close proximity to the victim."

She then "got back into her car and quickly drove away," Flores said.

SMPD Detectives identified the vehicle and the suspect involved, and the following day patrol officers located Sheffield in her vehicle at the 7- Eleven at 630 Wilshire Boulevard.

Sheffield was taken into custody without incident. Detectives found a loaded 9mm handgun with no make or model inside the vehicle, Flores said.

The DA's office charged Sheffield on Thursday for assault with a firearm, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Sheffield's arrest marks the sixth firearms arrest in Santa Monica in less than six weeks.

On Monday, a convicted felon was arrested after walking into a convenience store with a gun holstered in his waistband ("Police Make Fifth Firearms Arrest in Less Than Six Weeks," May 17, 2021).

Anyone with any information related to this incident or suspect should call Detective Tavera at (310) 458-2201 ext. 2256 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at (310) 458-2249.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to Thursday's burglary should call the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8451 or the Watch Commander.

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