A man says the policebefore he himself died in the gunfight had previously served time for vehicle theft and burglary.
Justin Flores, 35, was taken away in a body bag just hours after the shooting at the Siesta Inn Motel on Wednesday. A man who said he was Flores’ stepfather confirmed that a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation photo was that of Flores.
The two officers, responded to the report of a stabbing at the motel, at 10327 Garvey Ave., just off the 10 Freeway. They immediately came under gunfire as they tried to contact the suspect in the room, and the suspect was fatally shot after running from the motel to the parking lot.
His wife, Diana Flores, spoke to CBSLA on Wednesday. She said the emergency call was made while she was at the motel with her husband.
“I’m so sorry. My condolences for saving me,” Flores said. ‘I am so sorry. They didn’t deserve that. They tried to help me.’
Evidence of a stabbing was not found at the scene and it is not clear if anyone was still in the room when the emergency call went out.
Flores had been jailed at least twice for Tuesday night’s shooting, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was sentenced to one year and four months for car theft in 2009 but served less than two months of that sentence and was eventually released from probation on November 21, 2010. He was convicted again of first-degree burglary in 2011 and was sentenced to two years in prison, CDCR officials said. In that case, he served about nine months of his sentence and was released from parole supervision on August 7, 2016.