A 36-year-old man was arrested on a carjacking warrant in Lynwood following a search that commanded a large response because the suspect used a high-powered rifle, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.
Deonte Murray, 36, is accused in the carjacking of a 51-year-old man who was shot in the leg with a high-powered rifle on Sept. 1 near the 500 block of Essey Avenue in Compton, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Boese said in a late news briefing.
Deputies had already obtained an arrest warrant in Murray’s name in connection with the carjacking when they spotted him Tuesday driving a Toyota Solara in Compton, in the area of Alondra Boulevard and Bradfield Avenue, Boese said.
A pursuit ensued, after which Murray pulled over in the 3000 block of Carlin Avenue in Lynwood.
Residents in the surrounding homes were evacuated as authorities attempted to locate Murray.
By 6 p.m., video from Sky5 showed several sheriff’s deputies and vehicles involved in the search. A robot was also seen pulling off the security door to an apartment, and a drone was also seen flying through the front door.
Murray was found inside a trash bin at the rear end of the property and eventually detained by a SWAT team with the help of a K-9, Boese said. The sergeant did not provide further details on the arrest.
Boese said Murray has no known address but frequents the area.
When asked Tuesday afternoon by KTLA if the search was at all related to the recent ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in Compton, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said it was not.
“That is an active search of a carjacking suspect from the end of a pursuit,” Villanueva said.
Boese said the incident drew such a large sheriff’s response because of the weapon used, and also because it “appeared to have some sort of gang-related nexus.”
“We are currently utilizing any resource we can not only to look for the suspect who assaulted our deputies, but any other assault suspect, because the potential for more violence to occur is currently out there,” he said.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated an incorrect description of the location where the driver pulled over, as well as an unconfirmed description of the weapon used in the shooting of two deputies in Compton over the weekend. The story has been updated.