Suspects Arrested in Racially Motivated Slaying

January 14, 2009

Press Conference

Thursday, January 15, 2009
12:00 p.m.   

Canoga Bowl
20122 Vanowen Street
Canoga Park, CA 91304  
Chief Michel Moore, Commanding Officer, Operation Valley Bureau
Commander Harlan Ward, Assistant Commanding Officer, Operation Valley Bureau
Captain John Sherman, Commanding Officer, Topanga Area
Lieutenant Thomas Zak, Commanding Officer, Topanga Area Detectives
Topanga Area Homicide Detectives
To announce the arrest of three suspects who have been charged in the murder of James Shamp who was killed on December 22, 2008 at about 8 p.m.  Shamp was at work at the Canoga Bowl when he was shot and killed in the parking lot, simply because he was Black. Due to the heinous nature of the crime, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed three allegations of special circumstance murder and a decision will be made at a later date as to whether the office will seek the death penalty.