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Man charged in shooting of 2 LA County Deputies

Man charged in shooting of 2 Los Angeles County deputies

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors charged a 36-year-old man Wednesday with a brazen ambush of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies earlier this month, an apparently unprovoked shooting as they sat in a squad car outside a rail station.

 

The deputies suffered head wounds in the Sept. 12 attack and have since been released from the hospital. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said their recoveries will be a long process and include further reconstructive surgeries.

 

The suspect, Deonte Lee Murray, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges Wednesday during his arraignment. He faces life in state prison if he is convicted.

 

Murray’s attorney, Jack Keenan, declined to comment and said he has not yet seen prosecutors’ evidence. Murray is being held in jail on $6.15 million bail and is due back in court in November.

 

The sheriff’s department arrested Murray two weeks ago in connection with a separate carjacking. But officials at the time said it was not related to the ambush case.

 

Murray has a criminal history including convictions for sales and possession of narcotics, firearm possession, receiving stolen property, burglary and terrorist threats, authorities said. Wednesday’s criminal complaint includes allegations that he associates with gangs.

 

Investigators on Wednesday did not provide a specific motive for the attack, “other than the fact that he obviously hates policemen and he wants them dead,” said Capt. Kent Wegener, the head of the sheriff’s homicide bureau.

 

In the shooting — which the sheriff said depicted “the worst of humanity” — surveillance video shows a person walking toward the patrol car, which was parked at a Metro rail station in the city of Compton, and firing a handgun through the passenger-side window.

 

The deputies — a 31-year-old woman and 24-year-old man who had graduated together from the sheriff’s academy 14 months ago — radioed for help despite their wounds.

 

The suspect fled in a black Mercedes Benz sedan. Investigators discovered that type of vehicle had been stolen Sept. 1 in a carjacking where the driver was shot. Photographs of the carjacking suspect seemed to match images from the ambush, Wegener said, strengthening a connection between the two cases.

 

On Sept. 15, an investigator spotted the suspect driving another vehicle and tried to stop him. The suspect threw a gun out of the car during a pursuit before abandoning the vehicle in the city of Lynwood. The suspect ran off and was ultimately captured after a nearly nine-hour standoff with police. The black Mercedes was found nearby.

 

That day, Villanueva and other sheriff’s officials told reporters the carjacking suspect was not related to the ambush case. On Wednesday he defended his actions that misled the public, saying police didn’t at the time have the hard evidence needed before telling citizens the suspect was linked to such a significant crime.

 

“We’re not going to tell you everything we suspect,” the sheriff said, adding that the investigation of the ambush could have been harmed had the name been made public sooner.

 

Ballistics testing of the gun — a so-called ghost gun that is homemade and unregistered — that was discarded during the pursuit showed it was the one used in the attack on the deputies, Wegener said.

 

The Los Angeles Times first reported Murray’s arrest ahead of the news conference.

Compton is among communities near South Los Angeles, an area with a large Black population that has long been a flashpoint for racial tension and mistrust of police.

 

In recent weeks, demonstrators have marched to protest fatal shootings in the area, where deputies killed a Black man on Aug. 31 and a Black teenager in 2018.

 

Man charged in shooting of 2 Los Angeles County deputies 

 

Good Police work.  This guy will be able to face a judge and jury and receive actual justice for the crimes he committed.  The way the "Law and Justice" system is supposed to work in this country...


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Sorry, Centrist, didn't mean to speak for you!

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No concern at all, Manic.  You've always called them as you see them and are always fair and reasonable.

 

Thank you.  You are appreciated by MANY readers of this forum, whether they post or not.


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Good for the Police - they caught a really bad guy, and it wasn't at a protest! THIS is what we need police for - to protect us from homicidal nutjobs, not to decide how long a protest should last.

 

The bit about it being a homemade gun is intriguing - is this something you could pull off with a bag of parts bought on eBay, or is an actual "gunsmith" required? If so, how many more of these phantom armorers are there, and who is their "customer base"? Will the NRAGOP allow answers to these questions to see the light of day?

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@Olderscout66 wrote:

Good for the Police - they caught a really bad guy, and it wasn't at a protest! THIS is what we need police for - to protect us from homicidal nutjobs, not to decide how long a protest should last.

 

The bit about it being a homemade gun is intriguing - is this something you could pull off with a bag of parts bought on eBay, or is an actual "gunsmith" required? If so, how many more of these phantom armorers are there, and who is their "customer base"? Will the NRAGOP allow answers to these questions to see the light of day?


ghost guns are a huge problem now.  😞 

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@Olderscout66 wrote:

Good for the Police - they caught a really bad guy, and it wasn't at a protest! THIS is what we need police for - to protect us from homicidal nutjobs, not to decide how long a PEACEFUL protest should last. Or clear the crowd so a chicken excrement fraid politician can have a photo-op for his base.

 

This is trumps idea of how the foreign media should be treated from Australia, a US ally:

 

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This is how trump thinks a peaceful US citisen should be treated:

 

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So the Human Scum can get this 2nd photo.....

 

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A "police hater" would never post this article/topic. KUDOS  to you Centrists.

 

I hope that (if this is indeed the perpetrator) he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law, as anyone should be that kills anyone else. The same thing should be true for cops that kill unnecessarily.


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@ChasKy53 wrote:

A "police hater" would never post this article/topic. KUDOS  to you Centrists.

 

I hope that (if this is indeed the perpetrator) he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law, as anyone should be that kills anyone else. The same thing should be true for cops that kill unnecessarily.


I'd argue that Centrist is a huge police supporter -- of good, humane, accountable police.  As we all should be.

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@ChasKy53 wrote:

A "police hater" would never post this article/topic.

 

Of course not, Chaz.  Those embracing the term are frauds.  If you check the record, none of them have ever commented on a positive story about the police posted by anyone other than themselves.  Quite telling!


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@Centristsin2010 wrote:

@ChasKy53 wrote:

A "police hater" would never post this article/topic.

 

Of course not, Chaz.  Those embracing the term are frauds.  If you check the record, none of them have ever commented on a positive story about the police posted by anyone other than themselves.  Quite telling!


Yep, they continue in Denying Distracting, and Falsely Discrediting.


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