Bonaminio’s Alleged Killer Charged With Murder

RIVERSIDE (CBS) — A convicted felon accused in the death of Riverside police Officer Ryan Bonaminio has been charged with murder, vehicle theft and poessessing a firearm.

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco said his office would decide later whether to seek the death penalty against 44-year-old Earl Ellis Green.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa Reports

Bonaminio, a 27-year-old patrolman with the Riverside Police Department who also served in Iraq, was shot to death last Sunday as he pursued Green.

Green, who had allegedly stolen a big rig from a rental facility, was arrested in the parking lot of a Target shopping center Tuesday night.

Public records show the Rubidoux resident has an extensive criminal history that dates back 20 years and includes 13 arrests and six stays in prison for robbery, grand theft, drug and domestic violence convictions, CBS 2’s Kirk Hawkins reports.

Bonaminio was killed as he pursued Green on foot, possibly with his own gun.

His memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday.

Green is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Riverside County Superior Court.

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