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Police chief’s wife accused of shooting at Cypress officers during trial’s opening statements

Orange County DA's Office

Brinda Sue McCoy

On an evening in late 2010 in the town of Cypress, one person was causing major trouble for law enforcement: the police chief’s wife.

Frank McCoy is actually chief of the Oceanside Police Department, far to the south, but he is also an active member of the Cypress community and a onetime council member there. And today his wife, Brinda Sue McCoy, is going on trial for allegedly shooting at officers with her husband’s gun, barricading herself in their Cypress home and generally acting crazy.

In their opening statement this morning, prosecutors told an Orange County jury that Ms. McCoy called 911 for help, then fired at officers when they arrived, told the dispatcher not to call her anymore, then squeezed off another round at the police outside, the Orange County Register reports.

The incident took hours to resolve before McCoy was taken into custody. She is charged with six felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic weapon on a police officer and one count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence, and faces up to 61 years in prison if convicted, according to the Register.