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A reputed gang member who allegedly opened fire at SWAT officers during a search in South Los Angeles, shooting one officer in the helmet and wounding a police dog, is expected to be arraigned next month on nearly four dozen felonies.
Jose Rauda, 34, is charged with 46 counts, including 19 counts of attempted murder of a police officer. He is also charged with counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, assault with a firearm, assaulting a police animal causing injury and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He appeared in court Wednesday, but his arraignment was postponed until Aug. 1.
Rauda allegedly shot at officers who were conducting a probation check in the neighborhood near 49th and San Pedro streets around 7 p.m. June 15. He allegedly fled from the home he was in, prompting police to establish a perimeter search.
According to prosecutors, officers found him about two hours later hiding in a trash can and sent in a police dog to investigate, and Rauda allegedly shot the animal in a hind leg.
The suspect fled again, but was found later hiding in a nearby home, and he allegedly opened fire at officers again, with one bullet striking an officer’s helmet, prosecutors said. The officer was not injured, police said.
Rauda later surrendered to police.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
–City News Service
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