Suspect Convicted of Firing Shots at Police During Pursuit Sentenced to 37 Years 8 Months in Prison

A man convicted of firing shots at a Carlsbad police patrol car, disabling it, has been sentenced. 

Cameron Avery Valentine, 27, pleaded guilty to firing at the pursuing police car during an early morning chase. A judge sentenced him to 37 years and eight months in prison. He will have to serve the sentence at 85 percent, according to the District Attorney's Office. 

The pursuit unfolded in June 2015 when police said Valentine escaped the scene of a burglary on La Costa Boulevard. 

When a Carlbad officer gave chase, Valentine fired a gun out the truck's back window, striking the patrol vehicle several times, according to investigators.

The pursuit ended when the police cruiser broke down three miles later, and the suspect got away. The officer inside the car was not injured.

An ensuing investigation led officers to a house on Norwich Street in Clairemont. San Diego police officers, aiding Carlsbad, detained two men of interest at a gas station near the house.

One of those men, Valentine, was arrested shortly after on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, vehicle burglary and felony evading a police officer.

Valentine pleaded guilty. 

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