LAPD, Police Union Unhappy After Early-Releasd Parolee Tries to Kill Officers
Javier Rueda was supposed to serve 10 years for a number of crimes, but after two years he was released in January. Crimes he was jailed for included possession of a controlled substance while armed with a gun, possession of a silencer, vehicle theft and evading a police officer. When released as a parolee, he was deemed "low-level, nonviolent" and given the status as a non-revocable parole, meaning he wouldn't have to report to a parolee officer. Last Saturday, officers patrolling in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Sun Valley observed him apparently driving erratically and tried to pull him over in. A pursuit ensued and when it came to an end, Rueda is said to have gotten out of his car and began shooting at officers, hitting the windshield, doors and one officer, who was listed in stable condition. The officers responded by firing back, fatally hitting Rueda, while another officer suffered a fracture after falling during the incident.