A man has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies while they were sitting in their patrol vehicle in Compton earlier this month.
The District Attorney's Office charged Deonte Lee Murray with 2 counts of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer.as well as possession of a firearm by a felon, carjacking, second-degree robbery and assault with a semiautomatic firearm. At the time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Murray was suspected in an armed carjacking and was not involved in the shooting.
The deputies suffered head wounds in the September 12 ambush and have since been released from the hospital and are recovering.
The graphic video, shot by a surveillance camera at the Martin Luther King Jr Transit Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, shows a man walk up to the police vehicle and fire a handgun through the passenger window. At the time of the shooting, the deputies-a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman who have not been named in reports-were parked at a Metro station in the Compton area. The two officers underwent surgery and have since been discharged from hospital.The suspect was booked by police on September 15, after an unrelated incident and a lengthy standoff against law enforcement agents.
At a court appearance on Wednesday he pleaded not guilty to the charges in both cases, AP News reported. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, she said. Murray is being held in jail on $6.15 million bail and is due back in court in November.
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Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Captain Kent Wegener, who detailed the investigation, did not suggest a specific motive for the attack "other than the fact that he obviously hates policemen and he wants them dead".
It later emerged that, despite her injuries, the female deputy helped her partner to safety and applied a tourniquet to his wounded arm. Detectives said they were able to learn the suspect had been in a black Mercedes Benz sedan. Several hours later, just before 10 p.m., Murray was found hiding in some bushes and was apprehended, Wegener said.
Murray has a criminal history including convictions for sales and possession of narcotics, firearm possession, receiving stolen property, burglary and terrorist threats, authorities said.
During the car-chase that led to that arrest, Murray had thrown a pistol out the window.
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