After three-week, two-state crime spree, man is charged with firing at federal officers

A 26-year-old Arizona man was arrested in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday after he allegedly shot federal law enforcement officers in a shooting that marked the end of a three-week crime streak in two states, US attorneys said.

Phoenix resident Samuel Sven Smith allegedly robbed 10 stores, nine of them PetSmart locations, in Southern California and Arizona before being arrested after a high-speed chase.

He was charged in federal court Monday with assaulting a federal officer and brandishing a firearm in order to encourage a violent crime and disrupt trade through robbery.

The frenzy reportedly began on July 31 and affected a Big Lots store at the Riverside and PetSmart locations in Phoenix, Signal Hill, Orange, San Bernardino, Fontana, Pico Rivera, Redlands, Huntington Beach and Rancho Cucamonga.

Smith allegedly pointed a gun at employees and demanded that they give him money from the tills. In total, he took just over $ 7,000, said the US Attorney’s office.

On Saturday, after allegedly robbing the PetSmart in Rancho Cucamonga, Smith noticed police approaching him and fired two shots at an unmarked Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives vehicle.

An agent or police officer shot Smith before he fled in his vehicle. The chase through several cities lasted about 20 minutes, during which Smith reportedly fired at his pursuers.

The pursuit ended when police officers rammed their car into Smiths.

He was found in his vehicle with a gunshot wound under his chin. He reportedly told officers he “accidentally shot himself.”

If convicted of all charges, Smith faces up to 47 years in federal prison.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-22/man-charged-with-firing-at-federal-officers-at-end-of-three-week-two-state-crime-spree After three-week, two-state crime spree, man is charged with firing at federal officers

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