The Sun — Two men accused of shooting an off-duty California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony attempted murder in San Bernardino County Superior Court.
Christopher Marquez, 24, and Anthony Gomez Jr., 31, both of Riverside, sat before Judge Kenneth Barr in a video arraignment.
Clad in his green jumpsuit, Gomez - who is in protective custody - is charged with felony attempted murder and has 2 prior strikes.
Marquez, wearing an orange jumpsuit, was charged with attempted murder and personal use of a firearm.
Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said the records are unclear for the reason Gomez is in protective custody. Police say the men have ties to criminal street gangs.
The 52-year-old Chino prison corrections officer was in critical but stable condition Tuesday following a gunshot wound to the head.
When Colton police officers arrived at the Shell gas station in the 2700 block of Iowa Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, they found the 26-year veteran correctional officer with a wound so serious that police didn't wait for paramedics.
The off-duty corrections officer at California Institution for Men had been shot while pumping gas. continue reading...