POMONA, Calif. — Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a 30-year-old man that fatally shot a police officer and trying to kill other officers last weekend with CAPITAL MURDER.
The suspect, identified as Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 38, faces charges of murder of a peace officer and murder for the purpose of avoiding or preventing lawful arrest, Fox 11 reported.
The defendant also faces seven counts of attempted murder and one count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon, New York Post reported.
If convicted of the charges, Valencia could face the death penalty, prosecutors said, although executions are rare in liberal run California.
Valencia is accused of killing Pomona police Officer Greggory Casillas on Friday night, and then barricading himself for hours until his arrest Saturday, FOX News reports.
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Casillas and Officer Alex Nguyen had attempted to pull over Valencia on Friday night for allegedly driving recklessly. According to police, Valencia crashed his vehicle into another vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
The officers chased Valencia into an apartment complex where he barricaded himself in a bedroom, sheriff’s Capt. Chris Bergner said, adding that “officers attempted to contact him and he began firing through the door.”
Casillas was killed and Nguyen was shot in the face, Fox 11 reported. Crisis negotiators reportedly tried to persuade Valencia to surrender, but he refused, police said.
Nguyen has since been released from a hospital, the Daily Bulletin reported.
Special Enforcement Bureau deputies deployed tear gas and then a police dog before Valencia finally surrendered, police said. Valencia was then taken into custody early Saturday morning. The standoff lasted more than 15 hours.
Sentence-DEATH BY FIRING SQUAD
Simple and cost effective.
Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to Officer Greggory Casillas’s family and friends.
Rest in peace hero.