See Update No. 2 on page 2 about the arrest of a third person in the police officer shooting.
See Update No. 1 on the next page about the charges against and recent attempted-murder acquittal of the suspected gunman.
ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 18, 9 A.M.: A seven-year Fullerton Police Department veteran shot multiple times early Sunday after stopping a vehicle in a residential area is said to be recovering and in good spirits at UCI Medical Center in Orange.
Meanwhile, cops believe they have the shooter and an accomplice: Santa Ana's Marcos Bush, 29, and Sjanee R. Duhart, 27, of Riverside.
This all went down around 12:15 a.m. near Woods and Knepp avenues, where the driver of a maroon Pontiac that had been pulled over whipped out a handgun and fired at the officer multiple times, according to Fullerton Police.
The cop was able to return fire before the four-door Pontiac with a passenger inside sped off, police say. The car was found abandoned about an hour later near the 60 Freeway and Market Street in Riverside, officers add.
Investigation in Riverside led to an address in Anaheim where arriving officers said it sounded as if someone was trying to flee when they arrived.
A man bolting out of the residence threw something in the bushes before he was apprehended. Fullerton Police identified the man as Bush and the object as a semiautomatic handgun, both of which cops now have. Bush is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.
Duhart was arrested in Riverside last night on suspicion of being Bush's accomplice.
UPDATE, MARCH 20, 11:59 A.M.: Marcos Allen Bush, who is being held for the attempted murder of a Fullerton police officer, is a gang member and parolee who was recently acquitted of carjacking and a separate attempted murder.
That's revealed in an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement about the 29-year-old Santa Ana resident's arraignment Tuesday on . . . take a deep breath . . . one felony count each of attempted murder, shooting from a motor vehicle, assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a peace officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, and street terrorism, three felony counts of shooting at a residence, and sentencing enhancements and allegations for criminal street gang activity, the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury, the personal use of a firearm, causing great bodily injury, and a prior strike conviction for criminal threats from 2009.
Bush, who is currently being held on $1 million bail and a no-bail parole hold, faces a minimum sentence of 60 years to life in state prison with a conviction, according to the OCDA, which also discloses that just two weeks ago, the same defendant was found no guilty of carjacking and attempted murder in a case that accused him of firing a gun at a man, demanding his money, then striking him on the head and arm with a metal pipe before stealing his car in 2010.
If the newer case is true, he had an odd way of celebrating that court victory. Pulled over for a routine traffic stop early Sunday in a quiet Fullerton residential neighborhood, Bush allegedly pulled out a gun and shot a seven-year veteran of the city force at point-blank range in the chest, say police and prosecutors. Bush is accused of going on to fire several more times at the officer, who was also hit twice in the arm and once in the leg.
The cop, who has not been identified, was wearing a bulletproof vest that is now being credited with saving his life, although he continues to recover in a local hospital. He somehow managed to fire two rounds as the dark-colored vehicle with the gunman and a passenger inside sped away.
Later that same day, as officers moved in on an Anaheim apartment they'd been tipped to check, Bush allegedly bolted on foot, dropping a weapon and bullets along the way before he was captured, according to the OCDA.
Sjanee R. Duhart, who is accused of being the passenger with Bush that morning, was arrested in her town of residence Riverside as an accessory to the attempted murder of a cop. The OCDA claims she tried to ditch Bush's vehicle, but like the suspected, would-be murder weapon, it has been recovered by investigators.
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UPDATE, MARCH 21, 5:32 P.M.: When a seven-year veteran of the Fullerton Police Department was shot early Sunday, authorities at first said they were searching for two men in a dark-colored vehicle. With the arrests of Marcos Bush, the alleged shooter, and Sjanee R. Duhart, a suspected accomplice, it was assumed these were the two people believed to have been in the car, a Grand Prix.
But now Fullerton Police have arrested a third man, and Andre Jones of Anaheim is suspected of having been in Grand Prix with Bush, and Duhart is now said to have not been in the car, although she is still suspected of having tried to get rid of it.
Investigators will seek to have attempted murder charges brought against 22-year-old Jones, a recent parolee who was captured in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Knott Avenue after a short foot chase, according to Fullerton Police.