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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Comments (8)
  1. ginny25 says:

    Another poster child for what is wrong with our legal system today. With the crimes this guy commited before, he should never have been on the streets but the system cares more about the criminals then the law abiding citizens. Pitiful just dang pitiful.

  2. Charlie says:

    Let’s change the laws that keep those monsters getting out to commit more crimes;the death penalty shoul be carried out within a year of conviction.

  3. gerome smithy says:

    What happened to the three strikes law….with 6 convictions leading to 6 prision terms, how did he avoid the 25 to life provisions of the three strikes law?

  4. karma says:

    the justice system is just fine… we cant help that their are evil people in the world.. that goes for cops too…

    1. Saber 1 says:

      The justice system has their heads buried in a dark hole. The laws were made for evil people. It’s the voters fault for electing the left wing to carry out justice.
      The officer was heard by witnesses begging for his life, if that does’nt warrant a neddle, I don’t know what does.

  5. darius says:

    weird….he is black

  6. Dudley Doorite says:

    I’m sure there’s strong evidence, otherwise the DA wouldn’t bring charges, perhaps DNA in the recovered truck. There better be because they caught this guy pretty quick after not disclosing any details to the public.

    I don’t trust cops, they tell lies if it suits the pursuit of justice, this seemed like a good police officer who’s family deserves justice though.

  7. WM Jones says:

    I’m glad they caught the stinkin’ illegal that did this!!!

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