- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A man accused of firing multiple shots at a Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy outside a Surprise substation six months ago has been declared mentally competent to stand trial.

A Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner said Tuesday that two doctors evaluated Jonathan David Perez and both ruled him competent.

Perez told authorities he was trying to scare the deputy in May’s incident. He pleaded not guilty in June.

Prosecutors say the 38-year-old Perez of Surprise is facing charges of aggravated assault, criminal damage, theft, endangerment and weapons misconduct.

He’s been held on a $250,000 bond since his arrest.

The unidentified deputy wasn’t injured with the substation’s bulletproof doors absorbing the shots.

He was in plain clothes and walking in the substation’s front door when shots were fired from a parked car.


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