Authorities have arrested a third suspect in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Monterey Park police officer in Downey this week, police confirmed on Friday night.
Gerardo Magallanes, 18, of San Pedro, was taken into custody in connection with the killing of Officer Gardiel Solorio, according to the Downey Police Department.
Magallanes was booked into Downey Prison at 3.14am on Friday, records show. He is being held on $2 million bail.
His first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday morning at Downey Municipal Court, prison records show. Information on what charges might be brought against Magallanes was not available as of Friday night.
Los Angeles County District. atty George Gascón announced the arrests of the first two suspects – 20-year-old Carlos Delcid and an unnamed 17-year-old – during a news conference on Wednesday.
Delcid was arrested by Downey police on Tuesday night and taken to jail on Wednesday afternoon.
He was charged with murder and an allegation of extenuating circumstances that the murder was committed during a robbery, an attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a criminal, prosecutors said.
Court records show he was on probation for burglary and domestic violence.
The killing of the new police officer on Monday appeared to be an attempted robbery, with the suspect getting out of his car and confronting Solorio, 26, in a Downey car park, Gascón said.
“Officer Solorio tried to escape by reversing his vehicle and the suspect shot several times,” Gascón said. “The gunman then jumped back into a getaway car driven by a youth and fled the scene.”
The suspect allegedly shot Solorio five times at close range, prosecutors said in a press release.
Given the details of the crime, prosecutors decided that a special circumstances murder charge was warranted for Delcid.
“We will seek life without the possibility of parole,” Gascón said.
California law allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty in murder cases in special circumstances. Gascón opposes the death penalty but has rarely sought life without parole in murder cases.
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