is looking at a possible sentence of 58 years in prison if convicted of the charges against her, but based on the description of the incident that led to her Dec. 16 arrest, the 47-year-old Cypress resident is lucky to be alive.
She allegedly pointed a semi-automatic firearm at officers who responded to her 9-1-1 call for help--and then fired at them. Twice!
The Orange County District Attorney's Office statement on the charges against McCoy follow . . .
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December 22, 2010
WOMAN FACES CHARGES FOR SHOOTING AT POLICE OFFICERS AFTER CALLING 911 FOR HELP AND INITIATING STAND-OFF
SANTA ANA - A woman was charged today for shooting at responding police officers after calling 911 and initiating stand-off. Brinda Sue McCoy, 47, Cypress, is charged with five felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer and two felony counts of discharging a firearm with gross negligence with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 58 years in state prison. The defendant is being held on $250,000. McCoy's arraignment date and time are to be determined.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2010, McCoy is accused of calling 911 and stating she needed assistance. Responding Cypress Police Department officers attempted to get McCoy to come out of her residence. McCoy is accused of refusing to leave her house, pointing a firearm at her head, and then at the ceiling before pointing it directly at officers outside. Police warned the defendant that if she fired her weapon, she would harm police officers. McCoy is accused of firing the gun twice at police officers who were stationed behind two parked vehicles outside the defendant's home. SWAT stopped McCoy using a bean bag gun.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.