OAKLAND -- An Oakland man has been found guilty of a 2012 crime spree in which he shot at an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy and held another man hostage in a lengthy police standoff.

Tomas Orona, a 43-year-old iron worker, was convicted Thursday of 10 felonies, including premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer and multiple counts of false imprisonment and assault with a firearm. He is expected to be sentenced on July 18.

The crime spree started on June 1, 2012, when Orona shot at a man connected to a house on the 500 block of High Street in Oakland from which his friend and her 5-year-old son was being evicted, said Timothy Burr, Alameda County deputy district attorney. The victim was not hit, but the bullet pierced his shirt.

Three days later, June 4, 2012, Orona used the same revolver to shoot an acquaintance in the leg at an Oakland homeless encampment. He then forced the wounded man into a stolen car and held him there against his will looking for heroin, Burr said.

The homeless man jumped from the vehicle after an Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Duane Fisher first tried to stop the stolen car near a liquor store at 41st Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. Orona led the deputy on a high-speed chase that ended back in front of his friend's house on High Street.

There, Orona got out of the stolen car and put his hands up as if he was going to surrender before firing one shot at the deputy, who Burr said looked down the barrel of the gun but escaped harm by ducking and throwing his patrol car in reverse.


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Orona then broke into his friend's house and held the 29-year-old woman, her 5-year-old son and a 50-year-old male visitor there at gunpoint. Burr said he let the woman and child go but continued to hold the man hostage by threatening him repeatedly with the gun for a few more hours. He finally surrendered to police and hostage negotiators nearly eight hours after the standoff began.

Orona's attorney, Patrick Hetrick, was not immediately available for comment Friday.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.