Alleged Gang Member Takes The Stand For Shooting A Cop

INDIO (CBS) — An alleged gang member accused of shooting a police officer is scheduled to take the stand tomorrow in his own defense.

Francisco “Poncho” Salcido, 31, is charged with attempted murder and other counts for allegedly opening fire on Robert Ritchie, a now retired Desert Hot Springs police sergeant on Memorial Day in 2008.

After the prosecution rested its case, Salcido briefly took the stand today and will return in the morning.

Earlier this week, Ritchie testified that he had been following Salcido in a BMW on May 28, 2008 because he thought another gang member — who was wanted for a shooting that occurred a few days earlier — was in the car. According to Ritchie, the driver of the BMW pulled over on her own at the intersection of First Street and Cactus Drive, and Salcido got out and fired 12 rounds at Ritchie. Ritchie said that he fired 16 to 17 rounds back at Salcido.

“I believe I stopped shooting first because I reloaded and, after I reloaded, I didn’t have any more shots being fired at me,” said Ritchie.

Salcido’s former attorney contended during the preliminary hearing that Salcido fired at the officer because he feared for his life.

When Salcido was taken into custody at Lopez’s home two days after the shooting, he said, “You guys got me … You know what I did … and (the officer) knows what he did,” Desert Hot Springs police Detective Larry Essex testified during Salcido’s preliminary hearing.

The detective’s testimony stated that Salcido told police that on the day of the shooting, he got a ride from Jessica Hernandez, who was driving the BMW. He maintained that when he exited the car, he kissed her and said thank you, then saw the officer get out of his patrol car with a gun and heard him rack a round into the chamber.

Salcido is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, participating in criminal street gang activity, assault with a firearm and carrying a gun in public. He faces life in prison if convicted. He is also facing two other attempted murder charges in a separate case from a 2005 shooting. The preliminary hearing in that case is scheduled for April 12.

The defendant’s cousin, Desert Hot Springs resident Alisha Marie Lopez, 32, and her boyfriend Ernie Mendoza Chavez, 21, both pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting charge for housing Salcido for two days while he was being sought by police.

Lopez pleaded guilty in 2008 and was sentenced to 20 months in jail and three years probation. Chavez, who also pleaded guilty to being a gang member in entering into a plea deal in January, received three years probation.

Salcido is being held at the Indio Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

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Comments

One Comment

  1. punisher says:

    After he do? Really? Actually it’s after he does his time moron. you don’t contribute to America either so you should be deported with him.

  2. ou812 says:

    give him a fair trial,if found guilty…..let the cops shoot him…mano ymano

  3. ou812 says:

    send them to afghanistan……test dummies

  4. Big John says:

    I REALLY DO NOT CARE FOR GANG MEMBERS OR ILLEGALS, BUT YOU SICK W @@#& PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO GIVE IT A REST. BECAUSE IF THEY MAKE IT OPEN SEASON ON CHESTER’S & MASS MURDERS . WHERE WILL YOU BE. SO YOU GOT TO LAY LOW. SH@T HAPPENS & YOU COULD FIND YOURSELF THE NEXT VICTIM OF THE MACHINE . HATE IS NOT NICE & IF MORE PEOPLE WOULD TRY TO CONTROL THEMSELVES WE COULD HAVE A BETTER COUNTRY!

  5. john doe says:

    I know Pancho from the joint good dude , he got s his last name on his back, real geez know real geez he was just doing a violation back in 07 i paroled in 07/08 . that cop is corrupt im sure of it. he had it coming , pancho is from this country too. dont post stuff about a person if you dont know them . SNEEKS SGV

    1. WHITE N PROUD says:

      @john doe..sneeks sgv…you aint chit….You never new Pancho…the only pancho you know is the one you wear on your back….sucker face….hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah cop was doing the right thing…trying to elimanate the freaken gang members…there nothing but the chit on the bottom of anyones dirty shoes, we show no mercy on those ones, we are the choosen ones by god…not gang memebers…they are weak, and need to be in a gang to regain strenght, I guess strenth in number seems good…but when you the pit in the barrell…you will think twice…

      1. Proud being from usa says:

        HEY WHITE N PROUD, I COULN’T HAVE SAID IT ANY BETTER!!!!! WAY TO GO…GANG MEMBERS NEED TO ALL BE PUT ON AN ISLAND, AND JUST KILL EACH OTHER IF LEFT ALONE, GOOD IDEAN, HELL YEAH THAT IS A GOOD IDEA

    2. harold harding says:

      You’re a moron.

  6. THE REAL SUR says:

    I HOPE PANCHO’S FAM IS STANDING BY HIM AND READING THIS SEND MY SALUDOS TO HOMEBOY AND TELL HIM TO STAY UP AND STAY STRONG ! WE WERE ON B YARD CHUCKAWALLA BLYTH ,CA. LYING ASS PIGS !

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Deport every gang banger to the Middle East and leave them. Pancho and The Real Sur can go with them. Your leaches and fead off the system. No one will hire your sorry a**, with a record and tats on your face and neck, your bound to be a looser. It is a shame the police officer did’nt take out Pancho with rounds to the head, and a shame you did’nt catch a couple either.

      1. White n Proud says:

        @SABER 1…YOUR MY NEW HERO….:0) deport every gang banger…hell yeah thats a great idea, stay strong my azz….the real sur must be the chit on the right, and panchos was the left, or was that the other way around lol lol

  7. Matt says:

    The noisy pop-up ad was really invasive and jarring.

    If I come across more of this, I’ll have to complain to Yahoo or maybe just surf elsewhere.

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