Arrest Made In Ambush Shooting Of L.A. Deputies In Compton: Report
Weeks ago, two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies were sitting in their patrol vehicle in Compton when a man walked up to their car and opened fire. Both deputies were rushed to the hospital following the unprovoked act, and soon, a manhunt was underway. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva would later call out LeBron James for his activism, telling the sports icon to match the reward set in place for information leading to an arrest. James spoke out and stated that he never promoted or incited violence against law enforcement, and didn’t have any responses for Villanueva.
On Wednesday (September 30), it was reported by CBS 2 News in L.A. that a 36-year-old man named Deonte Lee Murray has been named as a suspect and has been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm by a felon. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
According to the news outlet, Murray had also been charged for a separate crime involving a carjacking in Compton. In that incident, Murray stands accused of shooting a man in the leg with a high-powered rifle before stealing his car. He’s pleaded not guilty to those charges, as well. To get a gauge of this timeline, the carjacking took place on September 1, the shooting incident with the deputies was on September 12, Murray was arrested for the carjacking on September 15, and he pleaded not guilty to the carjacking charges on September 17.
He was taken into custody on the 15th after a 10-hour standoff with police. Murray’s bond was set at $1 million but has since been increased to $6.15 million and he will return to court in November.