Gang member charged with shooting LA County deputy pleads not guilty

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

LOS ANGELES – A reputed gang member who allegedly shot a Los Angeles County sheriff’s motorcycle deputy in West Covina, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of attempted murder of a peace officer and other counts.

Raymundo Duran, 47, of Covina, was ordered to remain jailed without bail. He was scheduled to return to court June 18 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial in connection with the April 22 attack on Deputy Samuel Aispuro.

The deputy was on his sheriff’s department motorcycle in full uniform and was stopped at the intersection of southbound Barranca Street at East Garvey Avenue, Sheriff Robert Luna said last month. The bullet struck Aispuro in the back, but it did not penetrate his bulletproof vest, according to the sheriff.

The deputy was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and was subsequently “recovering at home,” Luna said last month.

Duran was arrested that night after being detained by California Highway Patrol officers at the CHP’s San Onofre inspection facility in northern San Diego County on suspicion of DUI and weapon possession.

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A firearm was recovered from his car. 

The sheriff said Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives went to the San Diego County sheriff’s jail and interviewed Duran.

“Based on statements obtained from Raymundo Duran, surveillance footage retrieved from the shooting scene in the city of West Covina, witness statements obtained by homicide detectives and the firearm recovered by the California Highway Patrol officers, our detectives strongly believe Raymundo Duran is the suspect involved in the shooting of our deputy in the city of West Covina,” Luna said. “There is no evidence at this time that suggests that there are additional suspects outstanding or that may have been engaged in the shooting of our deputy.”

The sheriff said Duran has a “very extensive criminal history, a very violent criminal history.” He added that “this man was armed with a firearm — he had no business being armed with a firearm given his criminal history.”

Duran was charged April 24 with one count each of attempted murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a peace officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

District Attorney George Gascón noted that Duran had previously done time in prison.

Duran was moved Wednesday to Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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