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Policeman’s Wife Shot at Officers, Claims She Did Not See Them

Posted on June 19, 2012

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Police officers are employed to keep us—regular civilians—safe from unwanted crime and harm. From speeding in the roadways to protecting us from psycho killers, an officer has an honorable duty to implement the law, protect rights, and keep citizens away from danger. But what happens if it’s another civilian causing danger to a policeman? The possibilities of suffering harm or danger are endless. Personal injury, wrongful death, and accidents can happen anywhere, at any time.

A couple years ago, in a house in Cypress, a woman fired shots at a few officers. This type of behavior is what endangers the lives of innocent people, causing regular people to become helpless victims. Sometimes causing personal injury can cause the pain and suffering of another individual. It is never acceptable to cause harm, and it would be smart to note that legal actions can be taken in cases where accidents, personal injury, and wrongful death occur.

The Oceanside police chief’s wife was found guilty on Monday, June 18 on five counts of assault for firing shots at police officers. She shot the gun from her Cypress home when officers had arrived after she had called 911. Brinda Sue McCoy, 49, could be facing a prison sentence of 62 years. She was charged with six felony accounts.

The event happened in the year of 2010 on Dec. 16. She claimed to have been in a dark and depressing time when she fired her husband’s service semiautomatic handgun. After being in her house, listening to Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”, and taking prescription pills with her martinis, McCoy claimed to not have been thinking right. Before officers had arrived on her property, McCoy had called several of her friends to tell them she was sorry and to direct them as to which songs to play at her funeral.

When questioned, Brinda McCoy said she had alternated between the feelings of wanting to die and sleeping. During her confrontation with the police, she was said to have yelled for them to shoot her. It was when she crawled to her front door that the policemen shot her with a bean bag gun and arrested her.

McCoy has claimed that she had never meant to shoot the gun at anybody, especially at police officers. Her husband, Frank McCoy is the chief of the Oceanside police department. Along with being an officer, Frank McCoy was the former Councilman for the city of Cypress. Brinda McCoy is a nurse at a local hospital. The confrontation with the police happened after she had a fight with her 17-year old son and husband which resulted in the two male family members leaving her at the house.

Even if the person is under medication or had just been consuming alcohol, it does not give them the right to threaten or cause harm to other individuals. Personal injury and wrongful death is a serious crime, one that police officers work hard to prevent. If you have ever been injured in an accident or in a heated confrontation, call a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to assist you with your legal actions.

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