Arraignment Postponed For Man Charged With Killing Whittier Police Officer

BELLFLOWER (CBSLA.com) — An arraignment was postponed Thursday for a Los Angeles man charged with murdering a police officer and wounding another in Whittier.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the hearing was delayed due to medical reasons.

A new date was not immediately announced.

Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder and one count each of attempted murder, carjacking and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Mejia also faces special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, murder of a police officer and murder to escape arrest — making him eligible for the death penalty.

The criminal complaint also alleges weapons and a gang allegation.

Mejia is accused of fatally shooting his 47-year-old cousin, Roy Torres, on Feb. 20 in East Los Angeles. He allegedly took Torres’ car and later crashed into two others in Whittier.

Police responded to the crash. When they ordered Mejia to get out of the vehicle, he allegedly pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and fired at two officers.

Officer Keith Boyer, 53, was killed and Officer Patrick Hazell was wounded in the shootout.

Mejia also sustained injuries during the gun battle.

If convicted as charged, he faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A decision on whether to seek capital punishment will be made at a later date.

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  1. “Soon after returning to Los Angeles from Pelican Bay State Prison in April 2016, Michael Christopher Mejia was in trouble again.

    An imposing physical presence at 6 feet, 3 inches, with face and neck tattoos that trumpeted his gang membership, Mejia was jailed and released repeatedly for violating his probation.

    On Monday, just over a week after finishing his latest jail stint, Mejia fatally shot a 27-year veteran Whittier police officer and wounded another officer, according to authorities. Before engaging in the shootout with the officers, he is suspected of killing his cousin and stealing the cousin’s car.

    Hours after the officer’s death, Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper took the podium at an emotional news conference and blamed recent criminal justice reforms for setting Mejia free.”

    Jerry Brown and the Democratic Party have blood on their hands again.

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