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L.A. gang member accused of shooting at deputies is brought back from Mexico

January 12, 2010 |  9:55 pm

A Los Angeles gang member who fled to Mexico after allegedly shooting at two deputies more than nine years ago was brought back to L.A. County today to face trial, authorities said.Preciado

Emigidio Preciado allegedly used an automatic weapon to fire at the two deputies, seriously injuring one of them, during the September 2000 attack in Whittier, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Preciado was placed on the FBI's Top 10 list of most wanted fugitives. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Whittier Superior Court, authorities said.

Preciado was arrested in Mexico in July, based on information developed by the FBI, authorities said.

On the day of the Whittier attack, Deputies Michael Schaap and David Timberlake were on patrol. They were hit by automatic weapon fire from a van that pulled up next to their patrol car, authorities said.

Timberlake was not injured; Schaap was hit in the forehead, according to the department.

Preciado was identified as the alleged shooter, authorities said.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Emigidio Preciado. Credit: FBI

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