The September 12 ambush of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, who were sitting in their car outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center, set off a massive manhunt, as the wounded law enforcement officers underwent surgery and recovered in a hospital.
A man has been charged in connection with the ambush-style shooting of two deputies earlier this month in Southern California, CBS Los Angeles reports. Sheriff Alex Villanueva and LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the arrest of Deonte Lee Murray at a news conference Wednesday morning.
The deputies, a 31-year-old mother and her 24-year-old male partner, were rushed to St. Francis Medical Center in critical condition. Both survived and have since been released from the hospital.
Murray was arrested on September 15, three days after the deputies were shot, in connection with an unrelated carjacking and shooting that had occurred in Compton on September 1. Murray allegedly shot the owner of a Mercedes-Benz in the leg with a high-powered rifle before stealing the car, Lacey said. Forensic evidence later linked him to the shooting of the two deputies.
A rifle that was discarded by Murry while deputies pursued him was collected as evidence, and forensic analysis later determined, it was the same gun used to shoot the deputies.
Along with the charges in the ambush, Murray has also been charged with one count of attempted murder in connection with the September 1 carjacking, along with second-degree robbery and assault with a semi-automatic firearm. He also faces allegations of association with a criminal street gang, discharging a rifle inflicting great bodily injury and personal use of a rifle.
A judge set Murray’s bail at $6.155 million, and he is expected back in court November 17. If convicted, Murray faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison.