Lady Justice 4 16-9

A Long Beach man pleaded no contest Tuesday to attempted murder for shooting a city code enforcement inspector in the face in July 2012.

Anthony Glen Gorospe, 53, also pleaded no contest to two counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm for shooting at police officers during a nearly seven-hour standoff, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Gorospe fired from inside his door, striking the Long Beach code enforcement inspector near the left eye on July 5, 2012, at the defendant’s property in the 6100 block of North John Avenue, which had received several code violations, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The 51-year-old inspector lost the use of his left eye, according to Deputy District Attorney Geoffrey Lewin.

Gorospe fired several more rounds while barricaded inside the home and repeatedly yelled for officers to shoot him, Long Beach police said shortly afterward. No police officers were injured.

He was eventually taken into custody in his yard just before 2:45 p.m. that day after being bitten by a police dog, according to Long Beach police.

He is facing 25 years in state prison, with sentencing set April 14 in Long Beach, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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