[UPDATED with Startling Diego Alejandro Figueroa Photo:] Fullerton Police Shoot Aurelio Paul Ramos-Navarette Dead

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UPDATE, MAY 16, 1:28 P.M.: The Fullerton Police Department's booking photo for Diego Alejandro Figueroa has been released. The 22-year-old was one of two suspected gang members in a stolen pickup that led police on a high-speed chase and crashed before Figueroa's partner, according to cops, opened fire on officers and was taken out. Permanently. After treatment for injuries suffered in the crash, Figueroa was charged with attempted murder on a police officer and other serious felony counts and sentencing enhancements.

There is one thing worth noting about his booking photo:

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Courtesy of Fullerton Police Department
Kelly Thomas' picture from his hospital bed was much worse.

UPDATE, MAY 15, 4:34 P.M.: The survivor of a crash that followed a high-speed chase--and preceded an exchange of gunfire with Fullerton Police and the death of a 22-year-old Buena Park man--has been charged with attempted murder on a police officer and other serious felony counts. Diego Alejandro Figueroa, also 22, is being held on $2 million bail and is subject to a no-bail probation violation hold pending his scheduled arraignment today on counts that could send him to state prison for 80 years to life with a conviction.

An earlier Fullerton Police statement on the police shooting death of Aurelio Paul Ramos-Navarette, which the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) is investigating, gave Figueroa's city of residence as Smithfield, Utah. An OCDA statement on Figueroa's arraignment gives Buena Park as his town.

The OCDA statement also does not mention the first Orange County murder of 2010, which Fullerton Police had said they suspect Figueroa of having participated in.


Figueroa was charged today with one felony count of attempted murder on a police officer, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, one felony count of shooting an inhabited dwelling from a vehicle, one felony count of evading a police officer while driving recklessly, one felony count of possession of a firearm, and one felony count of active participation in a criminal street gang.

He also faces sentencing enhancements for committing crimes for the benefit of a criminal street gang and the vicarious use of a firearm.

The OCDA says the case is still being investigated, and anyone with information is asked to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Ron Seman at 714.347.8544.

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Illustration by Lalo Alcaraz
UPDATE, MAY 14, 1:14 P.M.: The man shot to death by Fullerton Police Thursday night has been identified as Aurelio Paul Ramos-Navarette, a Buena Park 22-year-old claimed to be a documented gang member.

The Dodge Ram pickup truck that Ramos-Navarette had been riding in with Diego Figueroa before it rolled into a drainage channel was stolen out of Buena Park, police added.

A high-speed chase had preceded the truck landing on its roof in the cement channel, which was followed by Ramos-Navarette getting out of the vehicle, running into a tunnel, reemerging and firing at officers and returning fire, according to police. As is routine, the district attorney's office is investigating the shooting.

A man by the same name as Ramos-Navarette has numerous relatively minor infractions on his record, but he also pleaded guilty in 2010 to felony unlawful taking of a vehicle and street terrorism and was sentenced to two years in state prison, three years probation, 270 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution, the Orange County Register reports.

Figuerora, 22, of Smithfield, Utah, also has a record of minor infractions, but he has also been linked to the 2010 murder of 17-year-old Jesse Rodriguez in Fullerton on July 29, 2010:


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URAidiot
URAidiot

Oh I forgot.... I almost spat on my computer screen looking at this guys mug shot.

What a complete and useless d bag.

URAidiot
URAidiot

Cops got one and missed one and now the our hospital, jail, and legal system will flip the million dollar tab.

 

Everyone knows that hospital are expensive. When these thugs go in through the ER, the hospitals must treat them.  Stabbings, gunshots wounds, ect.  Hospital picks up the tab and we bend over when we pay our health insurance premium.

 

Maybe Mr. Figueroa has an HMO or other health insurance.  Maybe the officers need to spend more time at the shooting range. 

 

 

PATRICK CHEWING
PATRICK CHEWING

Can't say I feel sorry for idiots who provoke a publicly funded gang who has complete public trust.

Buttercup
Buttercup

He's got that "Duh" face going on...and why shouldn't he...is that a TATTOO below his lower lip? DUH indeed.

There is a picture of him standing in cuffs right after the crash, his injuries were apparent, they just had not started to bruise up yet. Personally I think he survived looking better than he should have.

By the way, why isn't he being charged with a MURDER in connection with a crime?. If someone dies in the commission of your crime (regardless of how) aren't you responsible for their death?.

Streets
Streets

Just don't have a lot of sympathy for assholes running from the cops.....we all know the cops are blood thirsty thugs themselves, why run and escalate the circumstances............

R. J. Steelworth.
R. J. Steelworth.

Injuries appear to be those consistent with a high speed crash. What the issue?

Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco

One of Gustavo's buddy is locked up for good!! I like how his face was left by Fullerton Police.

Untouchable
Untouchable

shoulda removed this waste of space in society darwin to join his dead butt buddy....now he gets free shelter, food and water. tisk tisk

Charlene Parra
Charlene Parra

This publication is a misprint of information.  Neither one of the so called "suspects" had an armed weapon.  A "California stop" is the reason they were pulled over.  The car was NOT stolen and was borrowed with permission from a friend.  Every dog has its day and the fact that the murderer has to live with himself everyday is justice enough.  If your child was put to death by a narrow minded trigger happy police officer you wouldn't be celebrating.  At the end of the day a good person passed away at the tender age of 22.  He had a family that loved and cared about him. 

Buttercup
Buttercup

Looks like they BOTH got what they deserved...took these thugs out of circulation.

Sounds like this homely homey will get the 80 years he worked so hard for...and his buddy caught the cheap bullet conviction.

Yea...good for us...2 less pieces of crap off the streets.

mitch young
mitch young

Great! Now we're importing Mexicans from Utah.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Sorta related: has anyone else used a finger to cover up one half of the booking photo? Then try the other side. It reminds me of those guys who make up half their face like a lady.

Maria D Cabello
Maria D Cabello

hell live the same way as being outdoors... difference is NO FREE CAR IN THERE

Prawda
Prawda

Charlene, i too am interested in seeing the proof you have and look forward to the follow up on the cover up. When will you be sending that to the DA . I believe that he had a family that loved him and cared about him. My problem is that he was a known gangmember,true or false? He was hanging out with a known gang member and running from the cops. Why would a law abiding citizen run from the cops? With as many police on the scene do you honestly believe the police would shoot him unless he was armed? 

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Real justice for the "murderer" could come with proof of what you are saying here. Why not pass the information along to the DA investigating the officer-involved shooting? If it's covered up there, get back to us. We will GLADLY look into it. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Im confused as to how an unarmed man "Exchanges" gunfire with the cops? 

Maria D Cabello
Maria D Cabello

i just couldnt agree more! we all work for what we want in life......

Streets
Streets

Your such an asshole......a funny asshole....but an asshole none the less................

909Jeff
909Jeff

Can open... 

Worms everywhere... 

Soho_d J
Soho_d J

 Well you seem to know so much thanks for the verbal addition. It must be incredible being you, not.  

Susan Ramos
Susan Ramos

Mr. Coker,

I appreciate your response.  The proof that they were not armed will be sent to you.  The FPD has a history of fabricating reports to ensure job security, lawsuits, media scrutiny, etc.  Unfortunately this case is no different.   

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

It's freakin enlightening, scary and disappointing at how many people are sympathizing withe these two thugs. You need only look at the comments section of the OC Register. You would think these two lowlifes were Rhodes Scholars.

Susan Ramos
Susan Ramos

The proof that they were not armed is being sent to the appropriate parties so that the public is receiving accurate updated information. The FPD has a history of fabricating reports in their favor.  Unfortunately this case is no different.  The men were not armed and the truth will prevail. 

FullertonResident
FullertonResident

If your friend wasn't acting like an A-hole he would still be breathing....thats the are where i live, so i'm glad the police did their job. To many gangstars not enough cops.....

Susan Ramos
Susan Ramos

Pathetic on  your part that the fact that people value life has enlightened your state of mind.

WSF
WSF

 What proof? They were from ESBP and were going to ride on ESF. They were armed. And EVERYONE in the neighborhood heard the shootout.

John J.
John J.

My guess is that they are tying the dead bangers gun to the Jesse Rodriguez murder but we shall see.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Liked with one caveat... not enough good cops. Unfortunately, we also have too many bad cops.

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