man charged with shooting California Highway Patrol officer | California News
By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of shooting and injuring a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop in Los Angeles was charged Thursday with attempted murder of a peace officer, prosecutors said .
The case against Pejhmaun Iraj Khosroabadi, 33, includes an allegation of use of a firearm causing grievous bodily harm, an enhancement that could result in a sentence of 40 years to life in prison, the county prosecutor said of Los Angeles, George Gascón, in a press release.
Khosroabadi appeared later Thursday in the Van Nuys County Courthouse, but his arraignment continued through June 30. He will be held without bond pending the hearing.
It was not immediately known whether he had an attorney who could comment on the charges.
The officer, whose name has not been released, was shot multiple times Monday night after stopping a car in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles. The CHP said the officer was hospitalized in a critical but stable condition and was expected to survive.
The shooter fled, triggering a manhunt. Khosroabadi has been identified as a suspect and on Tuesday morning an LAPD sleuth tracked a whiff from his apparent apartment to a homeless camp where he was found in a tent.
Family members said Khosroabadi is a former US Marine who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after fighting in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011.
“He’s not a terrorist. He’s not a bad person. He’s the most loving person I’ve ever met,” Khosroabadi’s brother Robert Thompson-Khosroabadi said in a reported statement. per the Los Angeles Times. “He was on his way to give our young autistic cousin a toy when the incident happened. PTSD can strike at any time.
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