Crime & Justice

3 charged with attempted murder of San Bernardino police officer

San Bernardino Police officer Gabriel Garcia was severely injured in a shootout early Friday morning.
San Bernardino Police officer Gabriel Garcia was severely injured in a shootout early Friday morning.
San Bernardino Police Department
San Bernardino Police officer Gabriel Garcia was severely injured in a shootout early Friday morning.
Image of Jonathan Contreras circulated by San Bernardino police. Contreras was arrested on suspicion of possession of an assault rifle and a sawed-off rifle in connection with the shooting of a San Bernardino Police training officer early Friday morning.
San Bernardino Police Department
San Bernardino Police officer Gabriel Garcia was severely injured in a shootout early Friday morning.
Photo of Alex Alvarado, the man accused of shooting a San Bernardino Police training officer during an early morning altercation Friday.
San Bernardino Police Department


Prosecutors say three men have been charged in California with the attempted murder of a policeman even though they didn't pull the trigger.

The San Bernardino County district attorney's office said Tuesday that the men were with the gunman and knew about an AK-47 he fired during the confrontation. They're also charged with possession of an assault rifle and could life in prison if convicted.

Officer Gabriel Garcia and his rookie partner were approaching a group of people last Friday when one man opened fire with a handgun and the assault rifle.

Garcia was hit once in the head. His partner killed the gunman, identified as Alex Alvarado.

Garcia remains in critical condition in a medical induced coma. Prosecutors say the three men could face murder charges if he dies.