Samuel Nathan Duran, the Roseville shooting suspect who allegedly held law enforcement officers at bay for hours last week, entered a not guilty plea Friday to an array of charges, including seven counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
The plea was made through Duran’s attorney in a short appearance in Placer Superior Court. Duran’s next court date is Nov. 8.
Family members of Duran who were in attendance in the Auburn courtroom did not comment. He will continue to be held without bail in Placer County jail.
The 32-year-old faces life in prison if convicted, according to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. He has previously been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted carjacking, both “strikes” under California’s “10-20-life” law.
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Authorities say Duran shot two law enforcement officers and injured four others in a shootout and standoff in Roseville on Oct. 25, before being taken into custody early the next day. The incident began when Duran, a wanted parolee, fled after officers spotted him near the 200 block of Sixth Street, police said. A rolling firefight through southwestern streets of Roseville followed. The suspect allegedly broke into a home on Hampton Drive where he negotiated with police for hours before giving himself up.
Duran has been charged in a complaint with seven counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, seven counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer, residential burglary, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of making criminal threats, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Since 2002, Duran has violated his parole at least eight times. His record includes possession of a controlled substance, corporal injury upon a spouse and resisting an officer.
On May 27, 2009, Duran – who police say is a documented gang member – was sentenced to seven years and two months in prison for attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon. He served three years before being released on parole in November 2012.
On July 19, 2013, following several failed attempts to contact Duran, his parole agent officially reported him missing and asked the court to issue an arrest warrant.