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Suspect Charged in Ambush of LA County Deputies

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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local

Deonte Lee Murray, 36, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the Sept. 12 attack on the deputies, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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CBS Los Angeles reports that Murray was arrested on Sept. 15, three days after the deputies were shot, but in connection with an unrelated carjacking and shooting which had occurred in Compton on Sept. 1, Lacey said. Forensic evidence later linked him to the shooting of the two deputies.

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, according to an AP News report.

That carjacking led to a 10-hour 10-hour standoff with Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies.

He allegedly shot a man in the leg with a high-powered rifle and stole his black Mercedes-Benz. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and has remained behind bars since his Sept. 15 arrest.

Forensic evidence later linked him to the shooting of the two deputies.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Capt. Kent Wegener said, “It was determined through ballistic comparison that the pistol recovered was the pistol used to shoot” the deputies, Wegener said Wednesday. Murray was charged in the shooting of the deputies with two counts each of premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to NBC News.

Wegener said that through surveillance video and witness statements, investigators learned that the suspect fled the scene of the shooting in a black Mercedes-Benz sedan. The investigators later learned that a matching vehicle had been stolen during a carjacking on Sept. 1.

On Sept. 15, days after the deputies were shot, authorities located Murray in a Toyota and attempted to stop him, but he fled and a pursuit ensued. During that pursuit, Murray tossed a pistol from his car. The pursuit ended when Murray later fled from the car.

Murray’s bail was increased from just over $1 million to $6.15 million as a result of the new charges.

Deonte Lee Murray is due back in court Nov. 17.

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