FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Aug. 26, 2014
Criminal Charges filed in San Bernardino Police Officer-Involved Shooting
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos charged three men today with attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of an assault rifle in connection with a shooting incident that left San Bernardino Police Officer Gabriel Garcia critically wounded Friday.
During the incident 38-year-old Alex Alvarado, who was identified by police as the shooter, was shot by Officer Garcia’s partner. Alvarado was transported to the hospital where he later died.
Charged defendants include:
Jonathan Contreras, 20, of San Bernardino
Orlando Cruz, 24, of San Bernardino
Gonzalo Medina, 22, of San Bernardino
Each of the three defendants is charged with two counts of Attempted Murder of a Peace Officer and one count of Possession of an Assault Weapon. If convicted as charged, the maximum exposure is life in state prison.
“Let me be very clear about the message we are sending today,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “If you aid and abet or conspire with another person to shoot a police officer, or any other person, you will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Even if you don’t pull the trigger.”
All three defendants are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in San Bernardino Superior Court. Click here to download a copy of the criminal complaint.
Lead Deputy District Attorney Ron Webster of the Central Gang Unit will prosecute this case. Since this case is still pending further investigation, no further information will be released at this time.