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A judge denied bail Thursday for the onetime Santa Clarita Valley resident who is the chief suspect in a high-profile Chatsworth murder investigation.

The suspect, 43-year-old Brent Darrin Zubek, was charged with eight felonies stemming from the firefight that led to his capture by LAPD SWAT team members early Monday.

The charges included six counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of carrying a loaded and stolen firearm.

No officers were injured when Zubek reportedly fired on them from a rooftop in the 4600 block of Libbit Avenue just off of Ventura Boulevard. Zubek was shot in the hip.

Prosecutors said Thursday they were not yet filing murder charges because the investigation is ongoing into the slaying of a couple whose bodies were discovered by LAPD detectives Aug. 12 in a dumpster outside of a home in the 20400 block of Lassen Street where Zubek once lived with the victims. They been dead an estimated five to six weeks.

Even without the murder charges, Zubek faces multiple life terms if convicted of all charges filed Thursday, prosecutors said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 19 in San Fernando Superior Court.

Records show Zubek previously lived in Valencia and Canyon Country, where he worked as an automobile mechanic. He lived in the Shadow Pines area of Canyon Country in 1993 when he pleaded guilty and went to prison for a string of bank robberies in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

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