World News – US – Man accused of shooting 2 Los Angeles County MPs


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Prosecutors charged a 36-year-old man on Wednesday with a brazen ambush by two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies earlier this month in a seemingly unprovoked shooting while they were sitting in a police car in front of a train station

MPs suffered head injuries in September 12 attack and have since been released from hospital Sheriff Alex Villanueva said their recovery will be a long process and will include further reconstructive surgeries

The suspect, Deonte Lee Murray, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges on Wednesday on arraignment He faces life imprisonment if convicted

Murray’s attorney Jack Keenan declined to comment and said he had yet to see prosecutors’ evidence Murray is being held in jail on $ 6 million bail and returned to court in November

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Sheriff’s department arrested Murray two weeks ago in a separate car hijacking but officials at the time said this was unrelated to the ambush case. p>

Murray has a criminal record, including convictions for selling and possessing narcotics, possession of firearms, receiving stolen property, burglary and terrorist threats, authorities said Wednesday’s criminal complaint includes allegations he associates with gangs

Wednesday’s investigators did not provide a specific motive for the attack, « other than the fact that he obviously hates the police and wants them dead, » Capt Kent Wegener said , head of the sheriff’s homicide office

In the shooting – which the sheriff said was « the worst of mankind » – surveillance video shows a person walking towards the patrol car, which was parked at a subway station in the town of Compton, and firing a handgun through the passenger side window

MPs – a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man who graduated from Sheriff’s Academy together 14 months ago – have radioed for help despite their injuries

The suspect fled in a black Mercedes Benz sedan Investigators found that this type of vehicle was stolen on September 1 from a carjacking where the driver was shot Photographs of the hijacking suspect appeared to match the footage of the ambush, Wegener said, strengthening the link between the two cases

On September 15, an investigator spotted the suspect behind the wheel of another vehicle and attempted to arrest him The suspect threw a gun out of the car during a chase before abandoning the vehicle in the town of Lynwood The suspect fled and was eventually captured after an almost nine-hour standoff with police The black Mercedes was found nearby

That day, Villanueva and other sheriff officials told reporters the carjacking suspect was unrelated to the ambush case on Wednesday, he defended his actions which prompted the misleading public, claiming police did not have the necessary hard evidence at the time to tell citizens the suspect was linked to such a serious crime

« We’re not going to tell you everything we suspect, » the sheriff said, adding that the ambush investigation could have been in jeopardy had the name been made public sooner

Ballistic tests of the weapon – a so-called phantom weapon that is home-made and unregistered – that was discarded during the chase showed it to be the one used in the attack on MPs, Wegener said

Compton is one of the communities near South Los Angeles, an area with a large black population that has long been a flashpoint for racial tensions and distrust of the police

In recent weeks, demonstrators have demonstrated to protest the fatal shootings in the region, where MPs killed a black man in August 31 and a black teenager in 2018

After the ambush a handful of protesters gathered outside the hospital where MPs were treated and attempted to block the entrance to the emergency room Videos of the scene recorded protesters shouting curses at police and at least one shouting « I hope they die »

Wednesday’s announcement of the arrest in connection with the MPs shooting follows a separate, apparently unprovoked assault on another law enforcement officer in Southern California

A Los Angeles police officer was assaulted on Saturday night inside the Harbor Community police station in San Pedro

The assailant was caught on CCTV as he threw the officer to the ground inside the post, whipped him with his pistol and pointed him to his chest The officer recovered from his injuries

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