Crime Suspect in fatal shooting of Pomona, California officer due in court this week

17:52  13 march  2018
17:52  13 march  2018 Source:   Tribune News Service

Man charged with murdering California police officer

  Man charged with murdering California police officer Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a 30-year-old man with murdering a police officer and trying to kill other officers last weekend.Isaias De Jesus Valencia is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on a count of murder with special circumstances that could carry the death penalty, although prosecutors have not yet decided to seek capital punishment.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.

A man suspected of shooting two Pomona police officers, one fatally, is scheduled to appear in a Pomona courthouse Tuesday morning, records show.

Isaias De Jesus Valencia was arrested after a 15-hour standoff that began with a pursuit late Friday.

Police received a call about a reckless driver, and when the suspect refused to stop, he led police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a parked car. The man then ran into an apartment building, where he fired at officers from behind a door of a unit, police said.

He was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and is being held without bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jail records.

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  One cop slain, one wounded in Southern California shooting Authorities say two officers were shot – one fatally – Friday night in Pomona, Calif., about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.   The unidentified officers had responded to a report that someone was barricaded inside a house, the Merced Sun-Star reported. Around 9:10 p.m. local time dispatchers received a call of an “officer down,” the Los Angeles Times reported. About 75 officers from other agencies responded to the scene but could not immediately get the wounded officers to safety because the suspect was still active, a law enforcement source said.

Before the shooting, Valencia had a history of arrests in the Pomona area, according to public records.

a man riding on the back of a truck © Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Nearly three years ago, he was sent to state prison for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition and discharging a gun in a school zone, as well as destruction of jail property, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation press secretary Vicky Waters. He was out on probation roughly a year later.

Valencia had suffered from depression and drug addiction, according to Amos Young, an acquaintance who knew him through the Pomona church Kingdom of God Revelation Ministries.

Young also said Valencia had served in the military. Those who knew him had tried to offer him help without success, he said.

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“He’d say, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine,’” Young said. “No one could force him to go to Tri-City [Mental Health]. No one could force him to contact a rehab.”

Detectives were still examining the crime scene Sunday afternoon on Palomares Street, where residents had been evacuated.

Later Sunday evening, hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil outside the Pomona police headquarters for the fallen officer. Police officers wore black mourning bands with the number “16,” Officer Greggory Casillas’ badge number, over their badges.

Casillas, a 30-year-old father who had been on the job for six months, was on his last day of field training when he was killed.

A second officer who was shot in the face trying to save him was released from a hospital and is recovering from his wounds.

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