Suspect in court on 12 charges from gun battle with police

Suspect in court on 12 charges from gun battle with police

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The suspect from a March 14 gun battle with police was arraigned Friday on a dozen felony counts.

Miguel Villaneuva refused to pull over for a California Highway Patrol officer, and a short chase followed. Villaneuva hit a parked car, then ran into a garage off McDonald Way.

Several rounds of gunfire were exchanged between the Villaneuva and officers, and Villaneuva remained barricaded inside the garage for hours.

Investigators believe Villaneuva fired shots at least three times during the standoff, though no officers were hit with gunfire.

Villaneuva was wounded in the final confrontation and was only recently released from the hospital.

Villaneuva is charged with five counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, and single counts each of shooting at occupied motor vehicle, reckless evading a peace officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held on $5 million bail.