BURBANK – A Burbank man faces life in prison for the attempted murder of ten Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies Thursday night. The shooting, causing injury to one deputy was followed by an 8-hour-long standoff in Bellflower.
Juan Manuel Martinez, 39 shot a motorcycle deputy as he pulled him over during a DUI checkpoint on Lakewood Boulevard. Martinez fired several more shots at four deputies who went to the injured deputies side to provide aid. Martinez fled the scene wounding a second deputy when he opened fire on another set of deputies. He then hid in a small structure for nearly eight hours until the SWAT team fired tear gas into the structure. Martinez exited the structure and was placed under arrest.
He is charged with 13 felonies, 10 counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, and one felony count each of false imprisonment of a hostage, dissuading a witness by the threat of force and possession of a firearm by a felon. The complaint also alleges he discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury to two deputies, the San Bernardino District Attorney officials said.
Martinez is scheduled for arraignment at the Bellflower Superior Court today and prosecutors will ask for $11 million bail.
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