Suspect In Deputy Involved Shooting Gets Prison Time

Azusa Police officers help contain the scene of the deputy involved shooting Thursday, June 4. Photo by Zak Bushey.
Azusa Police officers help contain the scene of the deputy involved shooting Thursday, June 4. Photo by Zak Bushey.

Azusa Police officers help contain the scene of the deputy involved shooting Thursday, June 4. Photo by Zak Bushey.

The man who led deputies on a short pursuit and brandished a weapon during a brief foot chase was sentenced to four years in prison June 8.

Parolee Paul Valenzuela, 30, appeared in the Pomona Courthouse and pleaded no contest to one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving and one count of possessing ammunition, said Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Valenzuela led San Dimas deputies on a pursuit through Azusa streets June 4. The vehicle pursuit ended on Citrus south of Alosta avenues, when a brief foot pursuit began. Valenzuela reportedly brandished a gun and a deputy fired upon him, wounding him with non-life threatening injuries.

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