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Duran charged with seven counts of attempted murder

Alleged Roseville shooter in court had history of meth use
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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The man who allegedly wounded numerous police officers and shut down entire city blocks with an armed home invasion Oct. 25 was be brought into Placer County court Tuesday, facing more than 18 felonies charges — including seven counts of attempted murder.  

Prosecutors said that, if convicted, 32-year-old Samuel Duran could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Duran is a validated gang member and has tattoos identifying him with the Sureno sub-gang, the Roseville Tiny Locos. 

The long road of criminality that brought Duran to that moment began as early as 1999, when he began getting arrested for selling marijuana and hash. In July of that year, he pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and received probation. In July 2002, Duran was convicted of being under the influence of meth. According to court records, that charge landed him in state prison. However, records also show that by September 2003 he was back on the streets, getting arrested for selling marijuana. Duran pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation. In 2004 Duran was twice convicted of possession of methamphetamine. Both case records indicate he was sentenced to 8 months in state prison, though the cases were filed and sentenced at different times of the year. Duran was also arrested for battery and false impersonation in 2008: Both charges were dropped.

In March of 2008, Duran pleaded no contest to resisting arrest, receiving 180 days in county jail and three years probation. Nine months later, he engaged in his most serious crime spree prior to his alleged involvement in the Roseville shoot-out. In winter of 2008, Duran was arrested on charges of car-jacking, assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting corporal injury on a spouse and fighting with police officers. He pleaded guilty to those charges and was sentenced to multiple years in state prison.

After being released from prison this year, Duran was arrested for parole violations and put in Placer County Jail in Auburn. Sheriff’s officials confirm he was released June 3. According to court records, on June 19 Duran took a urine test for parole officers and tested positive for methamphetamine. After getting the test results, parole agent Kate Newman attempted to find Duran at his last known house on Vine Way in Roseville. After failing to locate Duran various addresses, Newman sought and received a felony arrest warrant for Duran on the charge of violating his parole by absconding. He has been wanted up until the moment he allegedly engaged in a gun battle with a federal officer and Roseville police on Oct. 25.

In addition to seven counts of attempted murder, Duran is also charged with seven counts of assault with a semi-Automatic firearm on a peace officer, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of making criminal threats and possession of a stolen firearm by a felon.