On Sept. 12, two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD) deputies were shot multiple times at nearly point-blank range while sitting in a police cruiser outside a train station in Compton, California. Thankfully, both deputies survived the attempted assassination — and now, at long last, they’ve just gotten some news that’s worth smiling about.
Authorities confirmed Monday that a suspect in that ambush, 36-year-old Deonte Lee Murray, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, TheBlaze reports.
According to TheBlaze, the suspected shooter has actually been in police custody for the last two weeks. Murray was first arrested following a high-speed chase and hours-long standoff on Sept. 15 that was related to a separate carjacking and shooting incident on Sept. 1, TheBlaze reported.
Ambush in LA
Surveillance video of the Sept. 12 ambush on the deputies showed the shooter casually stroll up to the cruiser and fire several rounds through the passenger window before fleeing the scene on foot.
The deputies exited their cruiser moments later and bravely tended to each other’s wounds as they were jeered by bystanders while waiting for assistance to arrive.
According to an NBC News report cited by TheBlaze, LACSD Captain Kent Wegener explained during a Monday presser that, through video surveillance and witness statements, it was determined that the shooter had escaped the area in a black Mercedes that turned out to be stolen.
Suspect in custody
While searching for that stolen Mercedes — which was later alleged to have been the vehicle carjacked by Murray on Sept. 1 — the suspect was located on Sept. 15 in a different stolen vehicle, and fled again.
According to reports, the 36-year-old allegedly tossed a handgun out the window during the pursuit, but was eventually taken into custody after a lengthy standoff with a SWAT team.
The discarded handgun was later recovered by the police and both ballistic and forensic tests linked it to the shooting of the two deputies on Sept. 12, TheBlaze alleged.
Life in prison?
According to The New York Times, Murray is now facing two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm by a felon in relation to the shooting of the deputies.
As for the Sept. 1 carjacking, in which Murray allegedly shot the owner of the Mercedes with a rifle, Murray faces charges of assault, attempted murder, carjacking, and robbery.
He is currently being held on a $6.1 million bail. If convicted, the 36-year-old could spend the rest of his life behind bars, the Times reports.