News Releases

October 4, 2018: Burbank Man Sentenced for Trying to Kill Sheriff’s Deputies

Contact: 
Greg Risling, Assistant Chief
(213) 257-2000

A Burbank man was sentenced today to 221 years to life in state prison for trying to kill six Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and keeping a SWAT team at bay for nearly eight hours, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

In June, Juan Manuel Martinez (dob 7/19/76) was found guilty of six counts of attempted murder, five counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm and one count each of false imprisonment of a hostage, dissuading a witness by threat of force and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron of the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section prosecuted the case.

Martinez shot and wounded a motorcycle deputy who pulled him over during a DUI checkpoint on June 23, 2016.

Martinez then wounded another deputy as he fled. He opened fire on other deputies before hiding in a small structure for nearly eight hours. He was arrested after a SWAT team fired tear gas into the structure.

Case VA142260 was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.