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Memorial on Santa Monica Blvd for Alan Thomas (Photo credit: David Faustino)

A 41-year-old man who, after boarding a bus on Sunday morning, allegedly killed a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) bus driver was charged today with special circumstance murder, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

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Deputy District Attorney Keri Modder of the Airport Branch Office said Anthony Craig Chambers (dob 10/29/70) is charged with one count of murder with the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and murder of transportation personnel. The criminal complaint also includes a special allegation of personal use of a firearm.

Chambers is expected to be arraigned today after 1:30 p.m. at Beverly Hills Superior Court. The defendant is charged in case No. SA080850.

Victim Alan Thomas was driving on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood when Chambers boarded the bus just after 9 a.m. Shortly after boarding, the defendant allegedly drew a shotgun from a suitcase, approached the victim and shot him twice.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Chambers at the scene within minutes of the shooting. The defendant is being held without bail.

A decision on whether to seek the death penalty will be made by prosecutors at a later date.

Read our original story about the crime

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