A suspect accused of recently shooting two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in an ambush was recently arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder.
The news came from Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who announced the arrest of Deonte Lee Murray, 36, for shooting the two officers who were simply sitting in their patrol vehicle in Compton. The officers were transported to St. Francis Medical Center with serious multiple gunshot wounds and in critical condition.
Surveillance footage shows Murray approaching the patrol vehicle from behind, walking up to the passenger side of the vehicle, pulling out a handgun, and firing through the window. He is then seen running away.
The video circulated online and led to a great deal of information about the alleged perpetrator. The reward for information had increased to more than $600,000.
Investigators learned that the suspect fled the scene in a stolen Mercedes-Benz sedan, which matched a vehicle that had been carjacked on September 1. The handgun discarded by Murray during the carjacking was the same gun used in the recent attack on the two deputies.
Claudia Apolinar, 31, was one of the wounded officers in the ambush attack. She is a former librarian and mother of a 6-year-old boy. She sustained several gunshot wounds to her face and torso. She was praised for her actions of applying a tourniquet to her injured 24-year-old partner in the aftermath of the shooting. Both officers have been released from the hospital and are recovering at home. They face further reconstructive surgeries and are starting a recovery that will be a long process.
“This cowardly ambush was followed by bystanders celebrating and cheering that the deputies had been shot, and that followed at the hospital — the sanctity, the quiet sanctity of the hospital — with protesters cheering and chanting for the deputies to die. These acts and that day, I will not forget it, and it represents the worst in humanity and it shocked the whole nation,” Villanueva said.
Murray appeared in court Wednesday for his arraignment and pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm. His bail was set at 6.1 million and he is due court Nov. 17.
This is another example of why we need a President who believes in law and order and not defunding the police. The left has bred a mentality of hating police officers and wanting them all dead. This just proves how dangerous the radical left really is.