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Oceanside Police Chief, Former Councilman’s Wife Convicted Of Assault On A Police Officer

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Brinda Sue McCoy (credit: Orange County District Attorney's Office)

Brinda Sue McCoy (credit: Orange County District Attorney’s Office)

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SANTA ANA (CBS) — The wife of Oceanside’s police chief and former Cypress City Councilman Frank McCoy was convicted Monday of five counts of assault on a police officer during a 2010 standoff.

Brinda McCoy, 49, sobbed as the jury’s verdicts were read. McCoy was found guilty for firing a gun from her Cypress home during that standoff in the direction of police officers.

McCoy was convicted of only five of the six counts of felony assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer. McCoy, whose attorney said had been suffering from depression, dialed 911 on Dec. 16, 2010 after mixing a prescription of Klonopin with a couple of maritinis.

A family argument had upset McCoy, who test-fired her husband’s duty weapon but decided she couldn’t go through with turning the gun on herself, prosecutors said. So she dialed 911 and told the dispatcher she wanted to be taken out of her misery.

Cypress police officers arrived at the home and positioned themselves behind three vehicles as McCoy paced through the house and at times pointed the gun out of the window. McCoy eventually fired the gun twice, hitting two of the vehicles officers were using as shields.

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