A Burbank man who allegedly shot two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in Bellflower last June and then held authorities at bay for nearly eight hours was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on multiple felony charges.
Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio found sufficient evidence to require Juan Manuel Martinez, 40, to proceed to trial on 10 counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and one count each of false imprisonment of a hostage, dissuading a witness by force or threat and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron.
Martinez allegedly shot one sheriff’s deputy who was in the process of pulling him over in the 16600 block of Lisa Avenue, near a DUI checkpoint on Lakewood Boulevard, on June 23, 2016.
He allegedly fled from the scene on foot, fired at four other deputies who arrived to assist the injured deputy, shot a second deputy and fired at another set of deputies before hiding in a small structure for almost eight hours and holding a hostage. That man was able to escape unharmed.
Martinez was arrested after a SWAT team fired tear gas into the structure behind a house in the 9000 block of Mayne Street in Bellflower, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said last year.
Martinez — who could face up to life in prison if convicted as charged – – is due back in a Norwalk courtroom for arraignment March 8.
— City News Service