For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
WOMAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SHOOTING AT POLICE OFFICERS AFTER CALLING 911 FOR HELP AND INITIATING STAND-OFF
SANTA ANA – A woman was sentenced today to 15 years in state prison for shooting at responding police officers after calling 911 and initiating stand-off. Brinda Sue McCoy, 49, Cypress, was found guilty by a jury June 18, 2012, of five felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer and one felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2010, McCoy called 911 and stated she needed police assistance. Cypress Police Department officers responded to the defendant’s home and attempted to get McCoy to come out of her residence. The officers were in full department-issued uniforms and arrived in marked patrol vehicles.
McCoy refused to leave her house, pointed a firearm at her head and the ceiling, and then pointed it directly at the police officers outside through a window. The officers warned the defendant that, if she fired her weapon, she could hurt one of the officers positioned behind vehicles in front of her house.
Despite this warning, McCoy fired the gun one time from inside her home at police officers who were stationed behind two parked vehicles outside. Approximately 20 minutes later, the defendant fired a second shot out the window.
Special Weapons and Tactics officers used less-than lethal force to subdue and arrest the defendant.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.