Authorities have arrested a third suspect in this week’s fatal shooting of an off-duty Monterey Park police officer in Downey, police confirmed Friday evening.
Gerardo Magallanes, 18, of San Pedro has been taken into custody in connection with the murder of Officer Gardiel Solorio, according to the Downey Police Department.
Magallanes was taken to Downey Jail at 3:14 a.m. Friday, records show. He is being held on $2 million bail.
His initial court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Downey City Court, according to prison records. Information on possible charges against Magallanes was not available Friday evening.
District of Los Angeles County. Atti. George Gascón announced the arrest of the first two suspects – Carlos Delcid, 20, and an unnamed 17-year-old teenager – at a press conference on Wednesday.
Delcid was arrested Tuesday night by Downey police and jailed Wednesday afternoon.
He has been charged with murder and a special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during robbery, attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, prosecutors said. .
Court records show he was on formal probation for burglary and domestic violence.
The rookie cop’s murder on Monday appeared to be an attempted robbery in which the suspect got out of his car and confronted Solorio, 26, in a Downey parking lot, Gascón said.
“Agent Solorio tried to flee by backing up his vehicle and the suspect fired several times,” Gascón said. “The shooter then jumped into a getaway car driven by a minor and fled.”
The suspect allegedly shot Solorio five times at close range, the district attorney’s office said in a news release.
Given the details of the crime, prosecutors decided it warranted a charge of murder under special circumstances for Delcid.
“We will seek life without the possibility of parole,” Gascón said.
Under California law, prosecutors can seek the death penalty in murder cases under special circumstances. Gascón opposes the death penalty but has rarely sought life without parole in murder cases.
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