A reputed gang member who allegedly opened fire on SWAT officers during a search in South Los Angeles, shooting one officer in the helmet and wounding a police dog, pleaded not guilty Monday to 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 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 was ordered to return to court on Sept. 27, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. Rauda is being held in lieu of $19.55 million bail, according to the Sheriff’s Department website.
Rauda allegedly shot at officers who were conducting a probation check in a neighborhood near 49th and San Pedro streets around 7 p.m. June 15. He 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. They sent a police dog to investigate, and Rauda allegedly shot the animal in a hind leg.
The suspect, who fled again, was found later hiding in a nearby home from which he allegedly opened fire on officers a second time, 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