Prosecution: Cop Killer Admitted to Rambo-Style Shooting

By H. Hughes
|  Thursday, Apr 2, 2009  |  Updated 9:17 AM PDT
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Prosecution: Cop Killer Admitted to Rambo-Style Shooting

Alleged shooter Meki Gaono

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Prosecution testimony continued Thursday in the trial of Meki Gaono, 20, the man accused of killing Oceanside police Officer Dan Bessant.

Prosecutors said that Meki Gaono fired the fatal shot that killed Officer Bessant. Gaono faces life in prison without parole if convicted of all charges.

Jurors will listen to portions of interrogation tapes where Gaono allegedly admits to shooting Bessant and using a rifle with a scope to do it.

Wednesday, jurors heard portions of Gaono's first interview when he said he was playing basketball with friends at the time of the shooting.

Prosecutors said Gaono and two fellow teenage gang members had been drinking and playing with guns when they spotted police at a traffic stop and shot at the officers, according to our media partner The North County Times. Prosecutors said that Gaono's shot was the fatal one.

Last year, Penifoti Taeotui was convicted in the murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Charges against the third suspected gunman were dropped because prosecutors didn't have enough evidence, but he remains under investigation.

Read more about the trial on our media partner's website, The North County Times.

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