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Man Involved In SWAT Shootout Facing 19 Counts Of Attempted Murder

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LAPD SWAT responds to a 2013 incident. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles County District Attorney has announced that Jose Rauda, 34, will be charged with 19 counts of attempted murder on LAPD officers and 27 additional charges following a shootout in South Los Angeles last month. Rauda's additional charges include assault with a firearm upon a peace officer, assault with a firearm, assaulting a police animal causing injury, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

"On June 15, police were about to start a probation search in the 400 block of East 49th Street, when gunfire erupted from inside a house," a release from the LAPD states. "Several officers returned fire and Rauda was allegedly seen running from the home. No one was wounded."

A search for Rauda later led authorities to a K-9 shot in the hind leg. Then, after a nearly five-hour search, SWAT officers discovered Rauda, who allegedly opened fire and struck an officer in the front portion of his helmet. A shootout ensued but no one was injured by the gunfire. Rauda ultimately surrendered from his location in the laundry room of a neighboring house.

Rauda was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, but it has been delayed to August 1, the LAPD told LAist. Rauda faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

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H/T: Los Angeles Times