A man has been charged in connection with the ambush-style shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies earlier this month in Southern California, CBS Los Angeles reports. Sheriff Alex Villanueva and LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the arrest of Deonte Lee Murray at a news conference Wednesday morning.
During a court appearance Wednesday afternoon, the 36-year-old Murray pleaded not guilty to two counts each of premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm by a felon. His photo is not being released to protect the ongoing investigation.
The two sheriff’s deputies were shot in an unprovoked ambush on September 12 while sitting in their patrol car in Compton. The deputies, a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man, were rushed to St. Francis Medical Center in critical condition. Both survived and have since been released from the hospital.