06/13/2012

Police chief's wife on trial for shooting at Calif. officers

Wife of Oceanside's police chief was involved in a standoff with Cypress police officers in 2010

By Vik Jolly
The Orange County Register

SANTA ANA, Calif. — She felt "overwhelmed and distraught." She listened to Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" over and over again. She felt her new antidepressant medications were not helping and thought of committing suicide.

Testifying, at times through tears, before an Orange County Superior Court jury on Monday, Brinda Sue McCoy, 49, added that she had test-fired her police chief husband's service weapon and dialed 911 to get help as she spiraled into depression after he sided with their 17-year-old son when she was angry with the teen.

The defendant - the wife of Frank McCoy, Oceanside's police chief and a former Cypress councilman - would later be in a standoff with Cypress police officers the night of Dec. 16, 2010, during which she fired the gun at them twice, prosecutors say.

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