3 charged with attempted murder of Calif. cop

Prosecutor: Alleged gang members were on their way to kill a rival when they fired at officer

By Joshua Melvin
San Jose Mercury News

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Three alleged gang members were on their way to kill a rival in San Bruno Saturday when they traded gunfire with an officer during a police chase, a prosecutor said.

Daniel Garcia, 23, the suspected shooter, and accomplices Jordy Bernal, 18, and Michael Apolinario, 25, appeared in San Mateo Superior Court Wednesday on charges that include attempted murder of a San Bruno officer and conspiracy to kill a gang member, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. They didn't enter a plea.

Garcia, who lives in San Bruno, is accused of shooting twice at a pursuing officer who was about 15 feet behind him in the area of 3rd Avenue near Belle Air elementary school just after 1:45 a.m., authorities said. The officer, whose name was not released, slid to the ground while taking cover and was not wounded. Garcia escaped, but was arrested around 7 p.m. Saturday in South San Francisco.

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