BELLFLOWER (CBSLA.com) — A Burbank man was charged Tuesday with the attempted murder of ten Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies after an eight-hour standoff in Bellflower last week, prosecutors said.
Juan Manuel Martinez, 39, was charged with 13 felony counts, including 10 counts of attempted murder of a peace officer in the June 23 shooting, according to Los Angeles County prosecutors.
Martinez is suspected of shooting and wounding a motorcycle deputy who pulled him over during a DUI checkpoint on Lakewood Boulevard. After abandoning his vehicle, Martinez allegedly fired on four other deputies who arrived to assist the downed deputy.
Prosecutors say Martinez then allegedly wounded a second deputy as he fled the scene, firing at a second set of deputies before hiding in a home for nearly eight hours. He was arrested after a SWAT team fired tear gas into the structure.
The wounded deputies were rushed to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where both underwent surgery and are expected to fully recover from their injuries.
Martinez is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. If convicted, he faces up to life in state prison.
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