Man guilty of shooting at Mpls. police in squad car

  • Updated: June 20, 2012 - 7:32 PM

A Hennepin County jury on Tuesday convicted a man of attempted murder and assault for shooting at two Minneapolis police officers last summer as they sat in their squad car.

Jurors took about four hours to convict Malo Gomez, 19, of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree assault.

The Hennepin County attorney's office said it will ask the judge to sentence Gomez consecutively on the attempted murder charges. Under state sentencing guidelines, he faces 15 years in prison for each attempted murder count.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 20 before Judge Robert Small.

According to the charges, the officers were in their squad car late one night last July in the 3200 block of Penn Av. N., waiting for a tow truck to remove a car they had stopped for a traffic violation. They were filling out paperwork when they heard bullets hitting the car.

Police crime lab investigators determined the shots came from near 3230 Penn Av. N., and found nine cartridge casings in a vacant lot.

Investigators later heard from acquaintances of Gomez that he was bragging about the shooting. Under questioning, he eventually admitted that he fired the shots because he was bored.

ABBY SIMONS

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