UPDATE: Chatsworth Double-Slaying Suspect Captured on Encino Rooftop

Suspect Brent D. Zubek wounded in Monday-morning capture after shooting at officers near a Ralphs supermarket at Ventura Boulevard and Libbit Avenue on Sunday night, police report.

Last updated at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A 43-year-old man suspected of killing two people in Chatsworth and later opening fire on police during a shootout in Encino has been charged with eight felony counts, including assault with a firearm on a peace officer.

Brent Zubek is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 24, in San Fernando Superior Court. Prosecutors have not yet filed any murder charges, citing an ongoing investigation into the discovery of the two bodies.

Zubek was captured on an Encino rooftop near Monday morning, with a gun beside him.

He was shot in the hip by police and taken in an ambulance bound for Northridge Hospital, said Officer Gary Shanahan of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Station. Zubek was taken into custody in Van Nuys.

More than 100 officers, including a SWAT team and K9 dogs, were involved in the hunt Sunday night and early Monday morning. 

A perimeter was set up near Ventura Boulevard and Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino after detectives spotted the suspect near a Ralphs supermarket on the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Libbit Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sgt. Vik Walia from the West Valley Station told Patch.

Shanahan said a SWAT team and officers with police dogs began a systematic search of the area at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday. Walia said the suspect may have been wearing a wig when he fired shots at the officers and fled the scene. No officers were hurt in the ordeal, according to police.

Police advised residents to stay in their homes while the search was under way.

Zubek was wanted in connection with the slayings of a man and woman found dead Aug. 12 in a trash bin at a Lassen Street home in Chatsworth. 

Police believe the crime occurred about five to six weeks ago, according to LAPD Cmdr. Jim Cansler. Police received information "during the first week of August" about a potential homicide in Chatsworth and discovered the victims after serving a search warrant at the location, according to LAPD Capt. Kris Pitcher, the Devonshire Division's new commanding officer.

Zubek’s connection to the man and woman has not been made clear by authorities. But they did say Zubek once lived with the couple as a renter.

While the search was under way, firefighters doused flames in "at least two rooms'' of the home at 20400 block of Lassen Street around 3 a.m., said Sgt. Jace Kessler of the Devonshire Station.

The fires broke out at about 2:50 a.m. Monday and caused "substantial damage'' to the home, Kessler said. Police and fire officials are trying to determine how the fire is linked to the incident.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander announced Friday a $75,000 reward for information leading to Zubek's arrest and conviction.

Englander called the killings a "heinous, vicious crime.''

Anyone with information is asked to call West Valley detectives at 818-374-7611. Anonymous tips can be made through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Susan Eskander September 01, 2011 at 02:09 AM
WIth two arson attempts on the crime scene and this guy's history with bank robbery, there is probably a LOT more to this story than meets the eye. I think they know they can keep him for awhile, so they're putting a case together that they know will stick - hey maybe there's a bigger fish in this pond that they're after....thoughts?????
Savannah September 04, 2011 at 09:54 PM
With alot of comments made so far, it seems that he has already been tried, convicted, AND sentenced - public opinion, of course. Guilty until proven innocent.
Susan Eskander September 05, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Well, the facts that were published were pretty incriminating. If he's innocent, then I sure hope the police are still looking for the real killer.
cat c September 08, 2011 at 09:30 PM
yes..I believe this may be just the tip of the iceberg,,,,last thing i heard was they ID'd one of the victims but didn't want to name the person until they ID'd the other victim....I keep thinking maybe drugs,gang,,,,,all I know is its just really creepy and distrubing passing that house with its blackened roof, walls, and all that stuff in the yard.
Susan Eskander September 10, 2011 at 04:58 AM
That house TOTALLY gives me the creeps now.....and it's right next to a church...go figure. How unholy can you get? I sure hope that they get to the bottom of all of this, and soon. It's bad enough that two people were murdered, but to dispose of them in such a heartless manner was beyond disturbing. I mean...who does that? How could you bring yourself to do that to another human being? Where would your head have to be to do that? I just don't get it...


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