Authorities have charged a third suspect in connection with the shooting death of an off-duty Monterey Park police officer at Downey last week.
Gerardo Magallanes, 18, of San Pedro, faces one count of murder, shooting an occupied vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm while on probation, the county attorney’s office announced Tuesday. from Los Angeles.
He is not charged with opening fire in the Aug. 8 shooting that killed Monterey Park police officer Gardiel Solorio in what prosecutors said was an attempted robbery.
Prosecutors believe a minor, who was also arrested but not named, drove Magallanes and Carlos Delcid, 20, into the parking lot of a gymnasium where Solorio was parked.
Delcid is accused of exiting the vehicle and approaching with a gun as he attempted to rob the off-duty officer and take his car.
“While the miner and Magallanes waited nearby, Delcid allegedly fired several times at the victim as Solorio backed up, then returned to the waiting car and drove away with the miner and Magallanes,” prosecutors said.
Magallanes’ arraignment continued through September 8 at the Norwalk Courthouse, prosecutors said.
Like Magallanes, Delcid was charged with one count of murder and shooting an occupied vehicle. He has also been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and faces a special circumstance allegation of committing murder in a carjacking.
His arraignment is also scheduled for September 8. The minor was charged last week in juvenile court, prosecutors said.
“We will ensure that anyone involved in the tragic and senseless murder of Officer Solorio is held accountable,” Dist said. Atti. says George Gascon. “My office commends the excellent investigative work of the police in this case and the follow-up of everyone involved.”
Los Angeles Times