After a three-week chase, a Los Angeles man was arrested and charged Wednesday with attempting to kill two sheriff’s deputies who were in an ambush while sitting in their car.
Deonte Lee Murray, 36, faces two charges of attempted murder of a civilian officer and possession of a firearm, as he allegedly reached the squad car parked in front of a subway station on September 12 and opened fire, the district attorney’s office said. Los Angeles County said Wednesday.
“They fell victim to a violent crime for one reason: They wear a badge,” Los Angeles County Attorney Jackie Lacey told a news conference.
Murray, who faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, was recently charged with attempted murder for car theft in Compton two weeks before the shooting. He is believed to have used the stolen car as an ambush.
He faces additional charges that he was part of a criminal street gang, that he fired a rifle, causing great bodily harm and personal use of a rifle in the theft incident.
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A security video shows a man in dark clothing approaching the patrol car before raising his pistol and firing several rounds through the window. Then a deputy is seen getting out of the car and stumbling for a few seconds.
“Although they were critically injured, lawmakers bravely cared for the other’s wounds and safety, reported their location and situation, and tactically prepared for another attack,” the sheriff’s statement said in a statement. the suspect fled the dark Mercedes-Benz.
Apollinar was shot in the jaw while her partner was shot in the head – both are now home and recovering.
The shooting was seized by President Trump, who said it was part of ongoing attacks on law enforcement by protesters against police brutality.
While authorities did not comment on Murray’s motive on Wednesday, Kent Wegener, captain of the sheriff’s murder bureau, said the 36-year-old “obviously hates police and wants them dead, not specifically.”
“I will not forget these actions that day, and he represents the worst in humanity and shocks the whole nation,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva added during the press conference. “And that night I said we would find this man, and today I can report that we have found the suspect.”
“This worst of humanity was followed by the best of humanity,” he added. “Our whole department came together.”
Murray was charged earlier this month with the September 1 thefts. He allegedly collided with another man in Compton, shot him in the leg and then stole his car. He was found and arrested on September 15 after a lengthy confrontation in Linwood.
Speculation spread after the September 15 conflict that Murray was the same man who ambushed lawmakers, but officials said no at the time. However, Wegener said Wednesday that authorities later learned that the car with which Murray fled the scene of the September 12 ambush is the same car he stole two weeks earlier in a car theft. A ghost pistol used in the shooting was found by investigators in Compton.
Murray is expected to be arrested in the Supreme Court of Los Angeles on Wednesday, where prosecutors recommend that the bail be set at $ 6.15 million.