Calif. parolee has 2 shootouts with cops before 7-hour SWAT standoff

Was arrested on attempted murder of a police officer after shooting at cops twice and carjacking a homeowner in less than 24 hours


By John Asbury
The Press Enterprise

HEMET, Calif. — In less than 24 hours, a Hemet parolee is suspected of engaging in two shootouts with police, carjacking a homeowner and locking down a condo complex during a standoff with the SWAT team.

Riverside County sheriff's Central Homicide detectives will recommend charges against Floyd Edward Atkerson Jr., 41, who is suspected of firing on officers in Homeland and Hemet, sheriff's Lt. Robert Peebles said Thursday.

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