An arrest has been made in the ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies earlier this month.
#BREAKING: Deonte Lee Murray, the suspect accused of shooting two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies during an ambush in Compton earlier this month has been arrested and charged by the DA's office. pic.twitter.com/khnqKy9Kq8
— VosIzNeias (@VINNews) September 30, 2020
Authorities have charged 36-year old Deonte Lee Murray of Compton with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon for his alleged shooting of two law enforcement officers on September 12th.
Murray had already been arrested and charged on September 17th in connection to alleged carjacking, second-degree robbery and assault with a semi-automatic firearm. He was suspected in the shooting of the two deputies(both of whom survived) when authorities learned the car he’s accused of stealing was nearby the scene of the ambush shooting, in which Murray allegedly walked up to two deputies sitting in a squad car and shot them both in the head.
This repeat felon supposedly has gang connections. He’s being held on a $6 million bond at Los Angeles’ Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has described Murray as “hating police and wanting them dead” as a potential motive in the shooting.
Murray was arrested two weeks ago in connection with a carjacking and shooting of a man in Compton. He also faces charges as a result of that incident. He will be arraigned today in Compton. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. @FOXLA
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 30, 2020
“We knew that he was a violent offender, was accused of stealing a black Mercedes-Benz and lived in the area. However, there was insufficient evidence to support an arrest, much less a criminal filing for the charge of attempted murder on a peace officer and to label him in the media as the person responsible,” the sheriff’s homicide captain said.
“Additionally, bringing the public focus on him at that point of the investigation may have influenced the pending witness interviews and further compromised the mission of solving the attempted murder of the deputies,” he said. “As the investigation progressed, we gathered sufficient evidence to substantiate not only the arrest but the filing of criminal charges in this case.”
One man was seen laughing and joking minutes after the heinous ambush shooting was carried out on the deputies.
ICE Issues Detainer on Illegal Alien Felon Arrested in Shootings of Two Houston Police Officers
The suspect is an illegal alien.
A man arrested in the shootings of two Houston, Texas police officers- one of whom has died- is an illegal alien.
Breitbart Texas reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a detainer request on 51-year old Elmer Rolando Manzano on Tuesday, with the immigration agency revealing that Manzano is an illegal alien with a history of felony criminal convictions in the United States.
Elmer Rolando Manzano-Martinez, 51, is a citizen of El Salvador and convicted criminal alien who is unlawfully present in the U.S. On Oct. 20, officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, Texas, placed an immigration detainer with the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) on Manzano-Martinez after he was arrested for murder.
Two officers of the Houston Police Department had arrived at an apartment complex to respond to reports of a domestic disturbance, with officers having previously been called to the residence in response to instances of Manzano fighting with his wife. Upon the arrival of the police, Manzano opened fire, shooting Sgt. Harold Preston multiple times, including in the head.
65-year old Preston was a 41-year veteran of the Houston Police.
Sgt. Harold Preston was a 41-year veteran of the @HoustonPolice — a cop who led a life of significance. A hero shot and killed today, Harold was a selfless public servant who we will #NeverForget. My prayers are with his family, community, and fellow officers. @ArtAcevedo pic.twitter.com/x1NqL7CBlu
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) October 21, 2020
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo went on to describe Sgt. Preston as a pillar of the community at a press conference at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
“We’ve lost just a wonderful human being,” Acevedo said of Preston after announcing that he had died in the shooting. “He is leading with men and women on streets, instead of choosing to sit in an office drinking coffee and reading the paper. That is the man he was — he is a man who lived with elderly parents to take care of them. As good as he was as a cop, he was a better human being, that is just the guy that he was and we are going to miss him.”
Another officer, Courtney Waller, survived the shootings and is recovering from a gunshot to the arm.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) October 20, 2020
After barricading himself in the residence, Manzano surrendered to police and was arrested hours after the shooting. Chief Acevedo expects the criminal alien to be charged with murder.
Click 2 Houston reported on Manzano’s extensive history of felony criminal convictions shortly after his arrest. The illegal alien has been convicted of unlawful carrying of a firearm in October 1994; assault in August 2000 and December 2000; felony assault and causing bodily injury to a family member in May 2001; and evading arrest with a motor vehicle in December 2002.
Somehow, the repeat felon has proved capable of remaining in the United States and evading deportation, despite his criminal history.
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