|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA
March 19, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
PAROLEE CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER OF FULLERTON POLICE OFFICER IN POINT-BLANK SHOOTING DURING TRAFFIC STOP
*Defendant was acquitted two weeks prior in another gang-related attempted murder case
SANTA ANA – A parolee gang member, who was acquitted by a jury two weeks ago in a gang-related attempted murder and carjacking case, has been charged with attempting to murder a Fullerton Police Department (FPD) officer by shooting him several times at close range during a traffic stop. Marcos Allen Bush, 29, is charged with one felony count each of attempted murder, shooting from a motor vehicle, assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a peace officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, and street terrorism, three felony counts of shooting at a residence, and sentencing enhancements and allegations for criminal street gang activity, the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury, the personal use of a firearm, causing great bodily injury, and a prior strike conviction for criminal threats from 2009. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 60 years to life in state prison. Bush is being held on $1 million bail and has a no-bail parole hold. He is expected to be arraigned today, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
At the time of the crime, Bush is accused of being a documented member of an Anaheim criminal street gang and on parole for assault with a deadly weapon with force likely to cause great bodily injury, criminal threats, and domestic violence from 2009.
At approximately 12:15 a.m. on March 17, 2013, Bush is accused of driving in Fullerton with an unidentified passenger and was pulled over in a traffic stop by an FPD officer. The officer approached the driver’s side door and contacted Bush. As the windows of the vehicle had a dark tint, the officer could not see into the back seat area of the vehicle. As the officer stood close to the car to determine how many occupants were inside, Bush is accused of pulling out a firearm and shooting the officer at point-blank range in the chest. The officer was wearing a ballistic vest, which prevented the bullet from penetrating the body.
As the officer stepped back, Bush is accused of firing out the window at the officer several more times, hitting him twice in the arm and once in the leg. Bush is accused of firing several more times and hitting residences in the area. He is accused of then speeding away and fleeing the scene. The officer was able to fire two rounds at the suspect vehicle as it sped away. It is unknown if the officer struck the defendant’s vehicle.
FPD began investigating this case and identified Bush as a suspect. On the afternoon of March 17, 2013, FPD located Bush at an apartment in Anaheim. With the assistance of the Anaheim Police Department, FPD attempted to arrest the defendant. Bush is accused of running from officers and discarding a firearm and bullets as he ran. The defendant was caught and arrested. The firearm and bullets that were recovered will be tested for forensic evidence at the Orange County Crime Laboratory.
Approximately an hour after the shooting, the California Highway Patrol located the vehicle used in the shooting.