A man arrested in the shooting death of a Pomona police officer faces murder charges. In addition, two special circumstance allegations – murder of a peace officer and murder to avoid arrest – may result in the death penalty. The man also faces one count of attempted murder, fleeing a police officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has not yet decided whether it will seek the death penalty. The LADAO will announce its decision on the case at a later date. According to police, they received a call reporting a reckless driver. Police located the suspect, but he refused to stop. Later, he crashed into a parked car. The driver fled into a nearby apartment building, then fired on pursuing officers from behind a closed door.
The bullets struck Pomona police officer Gregory Casillas, of Upland, who died. The suspect also shot a second officer on the scene, as he tried to save Casillas. That officer is recovering from his injuries. The man barricaded himself inside the apartment for about 15 hours, until Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies took him into custody.
The man’s criminal history included convictions for illegal possession of a firearm and discharging a weapon in a school zone. Acquaintances say the man also has a history of drug use and depression.
Pomona murder attorney
Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in the California court system. Prosecutors can seek the death penalty against you. Although California hasn’t executed anyone in more than a decade, currently about 750 people are awaiting execution. While the state has temporarily stopped executing people, judges and juries have not stopped handing down the death penalty. When you face a homicide charge, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians in his more than 3 decades of criminal defense practice. Homicide charges immediately up the ante in California. Upon conviction, you could be sentenced to life in prison with or without parole. You could also join the 750 inmates currently awaiting execution.
Your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for your life in court. Don’t settle for inexperienced or overworked legal counsel. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County murder case.
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