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Suspect charged with attempted murder in police chase

May 15, 2012 |  6:57 pm

An accused gang member was charged Tuesday with attempted murder of a police officer and premeditated attempted murder of another person following a high-speed police pursuit in Fullerton.

Authorities say Diego Alejandro Figueroa, 22, of Buena Park, and Aurelio Ramos-Navarette, another accused gang member, crashed a vehicle through a fence and plunged into a drainage canal at the end of a high-speed pursuit last week.

Ramos-Navarette ran from the truck and hid in a connecting tunnel within the drainage canal. Shortly afterward, he shot at officers, and they returned fire and killed him, police said.

Figueroa is charged with one felony count of attempted murder on a police officer, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, one felony count of shooting an inhabited dwelling from a vehicle, one felony count of evading a police officer while driving recklessly, one felony count of possession of a firearm, and one felony count of active participation in a criminal street gang.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 80 years to life in state prison. The defendant is being held on $2-million bail and is subject to a no-bail probation violation hold.


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