Charges have been filed in the killing of Gardiel Solorio, 26, an off-duty Monterey Park officer who was shot outside a Downey L.A. Fitness Monday.
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón announced that the county will be filing charges against shooting suspect Carlos Del Cid, amounting to one count of murder under special circumstances and allegations, one count of attempted robbery and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
“Officer Solorio was just starting his career in law enforcement. He was a rising star who took pride in serving our community when he was tragically murdered,” Gascón said. “Senseless gun violence has once again taken someone who pledged to protect and serve others.”
Solorio was inside his car at an L.A. Fitness parking lot when Del Cid allegedly exited his car and attempted to rob Solorio.
Solorio attempted to back out of his vehicle and flee, when five shots were allegedly fired by Del Cid. Del Cid allegedly fled the scene with a 17-year old suspected to be the getaway driver.
Separate charges for the juvenile will also be filed, according to Gascón.
“This is a tragedy for his family, but this is a tragedy for the Monterey Park Police Department as well,” Monterey Park Police Chief Kelly Gordon said in a press conference Monday. “It’s a tremendous loss. In the Monterey Park Police Department, we’re a family and that’s the bottom line.”
Gordon added that officer Solorio was new to the force of 76 officers and just two weeks into field work.
Gascón said the county will be seeking life in prison without the opportunity for parole for the suspected shooter.
An arraignment for the suspects is expected late Wednesday.
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