Burbank Man Charged with Attempted Murder Of Ten Sheriff’s Deputies

A Burbank man was charged today with the attempted murder of 10 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies followed by an eight-hour standoff in Bellflower late Thursday night, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Juan Manuel Martinez (dob 7/19/76) is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 2 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Bellflower. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $11 million in case VA142260.

Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron with the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section is prosecuting the case.

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.

Martinez then allegedly wounded a second deputy as he fled the scene, firing at a second set of deputies before hiding in a small structure for nearly eight hours. He was arrested after a SWAT team fired tear gas into the structure.

Martinez is charged with a total of 13 felony counts, including 10 counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, and one felony count each of false imprisonment of a hostage, dissuading a witness by threat of force and possession of a firearm by a felon. The complaint alleges he discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury to two deputies.

If convicted, Martinez faces up to life in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Los Angeles County District Attorney / case VA142260 / June 28, 2016

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