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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  Aug. 28, 2015

Three men charged with attempted murder of two San Bernardino police officers plead guilty in San Bernardino Superior Court


The three men charged with trying to kill two San Bernardino police officers during a shootout in August 2014 pleaded guilty today in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Jonathan Contreras, 20, Orlando Cruz, 24, and Gonzalo Medina, 23, all of San Bernardino, pleaded guilty to one count of Assault with an Assault Weapon on a Peace Officer and an allegation of Furnishing a Firearm.

After accepting their pleas, Judge David Mazurek sentenced each defendant to 15 years each in state prison.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred Aug. 22, 2014, when Officer Gabriel Garcia and his trainee partner, Officer Marcus Pesquera, approached the three defendants and 38-year-old Alex Alvarado. As the two officers approached the group, Alvarado began firing at the officers—leaving Officer Garcia critically wounded.

During the incident 38-year-old Alex Alvarado, who was identified by police as the shooter, was shot by Officer Pesquera. Alvarado was transported to the hospital where he later died.

“As I said before, if you aid and abet or conspire with another person to shoot a police officer, or any other person, you will be held accountable—even if you don’t pull the trigger,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “While this case may be finished in the courtroom, our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Officer Garcia whose recovery has been an inspiration to so many, and with his partner, whose bravery we will never forget.”

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan is satisfied with the outcome in this case. 
 
"August 22, 2014, was a tough day for the San Bernardino Police Department," Chief Burguan said. "I am very proud of the men and women of the organization that investigated this heinous crime on that day, and I am pleased to see the progress that Officer Garcia has made. I am also happy to see Officer Pesquera receive the recognition that he deserves for his actions that day. I would like to thank DA Ramos and the attorneys from his office that worked on this case. Today is a milestone in that we can continue to move forward knowing that justice has been done."

This case was prosecuted by Supervising Deputy District Attorney Ron Webster.

Contacts: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665

 

 

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