Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Case # 10CF3399
June 18, 2012
Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
WOMAN CONVICTED OF SHOOTING AT POLICE OFFICERS AFTER CALLING 911 FOR HELP AND INITIATING STAND-OFF
SANTA ANA – A woman was convicted today of shooting at responding police officers after calling 911 and initiating stand-off. Brinda Sue McCoy, 49, Cypress, was found guilty by a jury of five felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer and one felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm. She faces a maximum sentence of 29 years and eight months in state prison at her sentencing Sept. 10, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-45, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2010, McCoy called 911 and stated she needed police assistance. Cypress Police Department officers responded to the defendant’s home and attempted to get McCoy to come out of her residence. The officers were in full department-issued uniforms and arrived in marked patrol vehicles.
McCoy refused to leave her house, pointed a firearm at her head and the ceiling, and then pointed it directly at the police officers outside through a window. The officers warned the defendant that, if she fired her weapon, she could hurt one of the officers positioned behind vehicles in front of her house.
Despite this warning, McCoy fired the gun one time from inside her home at police officers who were stationed behind two parked vehicles outside. Approximately 20 minutes later, the defendant fired a second shot out the window.
Special Weapons and Tactics officers used less-than lethal force to subdue and arrest the defendant.