O'side Police Chief's Wife Released on Bond

Friday, Dec 24, 2010  |  Updated 8:41 AM PDT
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O'side Police Chief's Wife Released on Bond

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The wife of Oceanside's police chief is free on bond after being taken into custody for allegedly shooting at Cypress police officers, according to the North County Times.

Brinda Sue McCoy, 47, is charged with five felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic weapon on a peace officer and two felony counts of discharging a gun with gross negligence. She is married to Oceanside police Chief Frank McCoy.

McCoy called 911 and said she needed help about 7 p.m. last Thursday, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

When Cypress officers attempted to get McCoy to come out of her home, she refused to leave and put a gun to her head, according to prosecutors. She then pointed it at the ceiling before aiming it at the officers outside, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Despite warnings, McCoy fired the gun twice at officers behind two parked cars before SWAT officers subdued her with a bean-bag gun, according to prosecutors.

McCoy could face up to 58 years in prison if convicted. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 26 in the Orange County Central Justice Court in Santa Ana, police said.

Read more: North County Times

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