People v Tomas Orona

On May 1, 2014, a jury convicted Tomas Orona of ten felony counts, including the willful, deliberate, and premeditated attempted murder of Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Duane Fisher with the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm clause. Additional felony convictions correspond to crimes committed between June 1 and June 4, 2012, when the defendant engaged in a crime spree in Oakland.

On June 1, 2012, defendant shot at a victim during an altercation on and on June 4, 2012, defendant pistol whipped and shot a second victim in the leg. Defendant took a stolen car, and held the second victim against his will as he attempted to set up a drug deal. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) Deputy Duane Fisher was working on an AC Transit unit when he attempted to pull defendant over. The defendant led the deputy on a high speed chase for two miles. The defendant then pretended to surrender and exited the stolen car with his hands raised. As the deputy pulled up in his patrol car, the defendant brought his hands together, aimed a .22 revolver directly at the deputy’s head and fired a shot. Deputy Fisher was able to back his car up as the shot went off and the bullet missed. The defendant then broke into a friend’s house and held an acquaintance hostage for seven hours as he negotiated with ACSO and OPD hostage negotiation teams. The defendant will be sentenced on July 18, 2014. The case was prosecuted by DDA Timothy Burr Jr with the assistance of DA Inspector Harry Hu.

Posted on May 1, 2014