SWAT standoff for armed carjacking suspect: Deonte Murray Biography, Wiki, Age
The suspect in custody was identified as Deonte Murray, 36, who has no known address but frequents the Lynwood area.
An armed carjacking suspect is in custody after a massive search of the Lynwood area, officials said Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says there is no indication that the suspect in custody was linked to the shooting of two deputies in Compton Saturday.
On Tuesday, police in California arrested an armed carjacking suspect who, at one point, was reportedly believed to be the gunman who shot two officers on Saturday.
According Los Angeles police reportedly arrested Deonte Murray, 36, following a nine-hour standoff that ended in Lynwood. Officials said Murray was under investigation in connection with a September 1 carjacking, and he fled from officers when they tried to pull him over, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Before his arrest, Murray allegedly ditched his getaway vehicle and hid in a residence. Police reportedly used tear gas and a K9 to drive him out of the property. Murray was ultimately found hiding in a nearby trash bin and taken into custody.
Multiple law enforcement sources initially told KNBC that the carjacking suspect was linked to Saturday’s shooting of two transit patrol deputies who were sitting in a patrol car in Compton. Sheriff’s Seargent Bob Boese has since said there was no indication Murray was involved in Saturday’s incident, and attributed Tuesday’s heavy police presence to the fact that Murray had shot the carjacking victim with a “high-powered rifle,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
“He is a carjacking suspect and he will be booked for carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon,” Boese said.
KABC reported that the two Transit Services Bureau deputies remain hospitalized.
Officials say Murray was involved in a carjacking in Compton on Sept. 1, in which a 51-year-old man was shot in the leg with a high-powered rifle.
Gang investigators had identified Murray as the suspect, obtained an arrest warrant and then spotted him in a Toyota on Tuesday.
A short chase ensued and he ran out of the car and into a nearby building on Carlin. Deputies deployed gas, a robot and a drone in their search of the building.
They eventually found him with help from a K-9 unit hiding in a trash bin behind the building. He was bit by the K-9 and transported to a local hospital.
The huge response to the neighborhood they said was the result of the likelihood that the suspect was armed with the same high-powered rifle.