A Van Nuys man was charged with shooting a California Highway Patrol Officer during a Monday traffic stop. Attempted Officials announced the murder of a peace officers.
Pejhmaun Iraj Khosroabadi, 33, He was charged with the one count of premeditated, willful, and deliberate attempted killing of a peace officer. There is also an allegation that he used a firearm to inflict great bodily harm. Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
“Based on the facts of this case, I have taken the step of authorizing the filing of a felony attempted murder charge with a gun enhancement that, if found true, could result in a sentence of 40 years to life in prison,” District Attorney George Gascón said in written statement. “I believe these are appropriate charges for the person accused in the horrific shooting of a CHP officer.”
The DA’s office also asked the court to hold Khosroabadi is in custody for preventative detention based upon “the dangerousness of the defendant and the callousness of the offense.” If the judge grants the office’s request for preventative detention, it will ensure that the defendant will remain in custody pending the outcome of the trial.
Thursday is the scheduled date for Arraignment
Khosroabadi was accused of shooting the officer in the head during a traffic stop on June 13, just before 8 p.m., at the 4500 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Studio City.
CHP officers tried to stop traffic on the southbound 101 Freeway. The suspect vehicle exited and came to a halt on Laurel Canyon Boulevard. The suspect opened fire on the officer at some point during the stop.
Khosroabadi is alleged to have fled, but was found hours later by a police dog.
CHP Officer was taken by ambulance in critical condition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
“We cannot tolerate violence against any member of our community, especially the courageous people who put their lives on the line every day to protect us,” Gascón said. “As a former police officer, I know the dangers of police work and the many sacrifices made by law enforcement officers and their families. On behalf of my office, I send Officer Reyes and his family our best wishes for a speedy recovery. My office will make every victims service available to them.”
CHP continues to investigate the matter.