first_imgSAN BERNARDINO – The man who videotaped a sheriff’s deputy shooting an unarmed Air Force security officer was arrested Friday for an alleged assault in Florida, officials said. Meanwhile, the wounded airman’s family gathered outside sheriff’s headquarters and demanded the deputy’s arrest. Amateur cameraman Jose Luis Valdes was taken into custody by Pomona police on a no bail warrant for aggravated assault with a firearm from Dade County, Fla. The warrant came up during a routine background check when Valdes went to an immigration office for an interview to renew his alien registration “green card,” Pomona police said in a statement. He was arrested and booked at the Pomona City Jail pending his extradition to Florida, police said. The warrant alleges Valdes used a weapon to assault an elderly woman in Miami, said two federal immigration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because their agencies did not handle the arrest. Carrion, 21, an Air Force security officer recently back from Iraq, was shot three times and was hospitalized in good condition. Webb, 45, who has more than 10 years with the department, was placed on paid administrative leave. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation of the shooting but Carrion’s family said Friday that more must be done. “My family is outraged because this person hasn’t been arrested and is on paid vacation,” Carrion’s wife, Mariela, said at a news conference. She said her husband was doing “good.” Attorney Luis Carrillo, who represents Valdes and Carrion’s family, said federal authorities should arrest the deputy for civil rights violations if local authorities do not make an arrest. “Their son is a hero,” Carrillo said. “He went to Iraq and thank God he didn’t get a bullet, but he comes home and he gets three bullets….” Carrillo also said the arrest of Valdes appeared to be “some kind of retribution on a good Samaritan who taped something that law enforcement didn’t want the public to see.” The Sheriff’s Department had not contacted the Carrion family since the shooting and had no comment on the demand for an arrest, spokeswoman Jodi Miller said. Associated Press Writers Sandy Cohen and Robert Jablon in Los Angeles contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Valdes, contacted by cell phone, confirmed he had been arrested but said the only problem he had in Miami was an arrest for driving under the influence. He did not elaborate about that arrest, but said authorities wanted to send him back to Florida within 24 hours. “They want to get me out of California as soon as possible,” Valdes said in Spanish. “They say I was involved in gunfire in Miami.” He did not provide other details. Valdes taped the scene Sunday night after a car involved in a brief high-speed chase crashed into a wall by his home, 35 miles east of Los Angeles. Senior Airman Elio Carrion was a passenger in the car driven by a friend. The tape showed Carrion on the ground talking with San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Ivory J. Webb, who stood pointing a gun at him. A recorded voice appeared to be commanding Carrion to “get up.” As Carrion began to rise, the deputy fired three shots into him. last_img

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