The wife of Oceanside's police chief (and Cypress' former mayor) is scheduled to face a trial–heck, right now–for calling 9-1-1 and initiating an armed stand-off with Cypress police in December 2010. Brinda Sue McCoy, 49, of Cypress, is charged with six
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 could get 61 years and
eight months in state prison with a conviction.
The wife of Chief Frank McCoy is accused of calling 9-1-1 around 7 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2010, to say needed police assistance. Cypress cops responded and tried to get the woman
to come out of her residence.
Refusing to leave her house, Ms. McCoy allegedly pointed a semi-automatic firearm at
her head and the ceiling before pointing it directly at the police
Unlike, say, everyone else in the world, the cops did not immediately take her out but instead warned her that if she fired
her weapon, she could hurt one of the officers. McCoy is accused
of responding by firing the gun twice from inside her home at police officers who were
stationed behind two parked vehicles outside.
Unlike, say, every breathing being in the universe, McCoy was subdued through the use of “less-than lethal force” by Special Weapons and Tactics officers.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.