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Man convicted of attempted murder of Citrus Heights officers in 2016

The Sacramento Bee

Anna Buchmann

A Sacramento County jury on Thursday convicted a man of attempted murder of two Citrus Heights police officers in a 2016 encounter that led to a high-speed chase and crash in a residential neighborhood, authorities say.

Justin Hurst, 33, of Sacramento was on community supervision with a felony warrant when the two officers approached him as he slept in a parked vehicle on Sept. 1, 2016, according to a news release from the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

Hurst sped off and led the officers on a chase, firing multiple rounds at them while they drove through a neighborhood, the news release said. The chase ended when Hurst crashed into a resident's fence, authorities said. He suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital.

Officers searched Hurst's car and found 13 cartridge casings, four firearms and ammunition boxes, the news release said.

The jury found Hurst guilty of attempted murder and assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer, reckless evading of a police officer, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and four counts of possession of a firearm.

He faces additional allegations of a 1999 strike conviction for first-degree burglary and three prior convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm, the release said. He faces a maximum sentence of 42 years to life in prison at a hearing scheduled for June 29.

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