LA MIRADA — Officials Friday released the name of a double-murder suspect shot and killed by a SWAT team after authorities said he fired on officers who were trying to arrest him.
Frank Eric Martinez, 27, died following the alleged exchange of gunfire, which occurred about 8:30 a.m. on Escalona Road, near Cheshire Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.
His last address was unknown, as he had been a fugitive since January, when Los Angeles police investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest in connection with the shooting deaths of two men last November in Boyle Heights.
After tracking Martinez to the La Mirada home, LAPD and FBI investigators surrounded it an an arrest attempt before he fled out the back door and climbed onto a neighbor’s roof, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.
Martinez then drew a gun and fired a single shot at police, who returned fire, Smith said.
No officers were injured in the exchange.
Martinez was being sought in connection with the shooting deaths of Arturo Gomez, 31, and Jesus Rendon, 36, following a Nov. 20 fistfight in the 2100 block of City View Avenue in Boyle Heights, LAPD officials said.