An Ingleside man has been charged with attempted murder and numerous other charges after he pointed a gun at a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy and got shot in Wadsworth earlier this month.
Angel X. Lopez, 23, of the 35800 block of North Wilson Road in Ingleside, was released from the hospital and transported to the Lake County Jail on Wednesday.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 4:45 a.m. November 2 in the 13200 block of West Greenview Drive in Wadsworth for a report of a car burglary in progress.
Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that a homeowner called police after she saw a man, later identified as Lopez, breaking into her car in her driveway.
Responding sheriff’s deputies and a canine team arrived and located the man. Lopez ran from police and entered a nearby idling car that was being warmed, Covelli said. He tried to escape but crashed the car and then pointed a gun at one of the sheriff’s deputies, who then shot Lopez.
The man was initially in critical condition at an area hospital, Covelli said. A warrant was issued for his arrest for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated vehicular hijacking, armed robbery, armed violence, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated assault.
“Lopez was charged with attempted first degree murder as he performed a substantial step toward the commission of attempting to kill a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy,” Covelli said on Thursday.
Lopez was taken into custody after being released from the hospital. He appeared in court Thursday morning and is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $3 million bond.
Covelli said that Lopez had an active warrant for escape at the time of the shooting after he did not show up for his work release mandated by the court on a previous charge.