Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A Long Beach man who committed a racially motivated murder and fired at a police officer who responded to the shooting scene is facing up to 85 years to life in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for about a day before finding Darryl Harnish, 67, guilty of first-degree murder for the April 19, 2012, shooting death of Terry Alexander, along with the attempted murder of Long Beach police Officer Arthur Vega, whose patrol car was struck twice by gunfire.

A March 25 sentencing date is scheduled for Harnish, who was also convicted Wednesday of assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer.

Shortly after midnight on April 19, 2012, Harnish yelled racial slurs and threatened to kill three black people sitting on a bus bench at Pacific Coast Highway and Pacific Avenue in Long Beach, according to Deputy District Attorney Jack Garden.

Alexander — who had been sitting on the bus bench — rode his bicycle toward Harnish, who pulled out a gun and fired twice, killing him, Garden said.

Vega was about a block away when he heard the gunshots and drove to the scene, where Harnish turned and fired twice at him, the prosecutor said. One bullet struck the patrol car’s windshield and the other struck the vehicle’s hood, but the officer was not injured.

Harnish was shot and wounded moments by police.

City News Service

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