Suspicious death of a Southern California cop, is charged with capital murder

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies to the arrest of a suspect identified as Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 38, in connection with the death of a Pomona, California, police officer, March 10, 2018.

(Los Angeles Times via Associated Press)

A man accused of fatally shooting a Southern California police officer and injuring another has been charged with capital murder, authorities said Tuesday.

The suspect, identified as Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 38, is also facing the charges of murder of a peace officer and murder for the purpose of avoiding or preventing lawful arrest, Fox 11 reported.

If the condemned of the costs, Valencia could face the death penalty, the public prosecutor said that, although the number of executions are rare in California.

Valencia is accused of killing Pomona police officer Greggory Casillas on Friday night, and then barricading himself for hours until his arrest on Saturday.

Suspect charged with capital murder in Pomona officer’s death

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Casillas and Officer Alex Nguyen had attempted to pull over Valencia on Friday night for allegedly driving recklessly. According to the police, Valencia crashed his vehicle into another car and fled the scene on foot.

The agents chased Valencia in an apartment complex, where he barricaded themselves in a bedroom, sheriff Jim Chris Bergner said, adding that “officers tried to contact him on and he began to shoot through the door.”

Casillas was killed, and Nguyen was shot in the face, Fox 11 reported. Crisis negotiators reportedly tried to convince 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 for Valencia finally surrendered, police said. Valencia was then taken into custody early Saturday morning. The deadlock lasted more than 15 hours.

Valencia was charged with seven counts of attempted murder and a number of each of the flight a peace officer vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon, Fox 11 reported.

Valencia will face the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole if convicted, the Los Angeles Times reported. Prosecutors will decide at a later date if Valencia will get the death penalty.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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