06/01/2007

Ex-felon charged with shooting, wounding Calif. motorcycle officer

San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — A San Lorenzo man was charged Thursday with attempted murder and being an ex-felon with a gun for allegedly shooting and wounding an Oakland police motorcycle officer.

Jesse William Mendez, 26, could face life in prison with the possibility of parole for firing four shots at Officer Kevin McDonald on May 19 after being pulled over for running a stop sign on MacArthur Boulevard in East Oakland, authorities said.

McDonald escaped major injury.

Mendez and his cousin Jeremiah Dye fled, but Officer Robert Roche shot and killed Dye later as the suspect hid beneath a house on the 2600 block of Parker Avenue, police said. Roche thought Dye was armed, but he was not, authorities said.

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