Henry Solis
Former LAPD rookie officer Henry Solis. Photo courtesy of LAPD

A hearing is set to begin Wednesday to determine if there is enough evidence to order a former Los Angeles Police officer to stand trial for the shooting death of a man after a fistfight in a Pomona bar last year.

Henry Solis, 28, is accused of fleeing to Mexico after the March 13 killing of Salome Rodriguez Jr., 23. Police said Solis and Rodriguez got into a fight in a bar, and the confrontation spilled into the street, ending in gunfire.

Solis is charged with one count each of murder and assault with a firearm, along with an allegation that he personally discharged a handgun.

He was off-duty and a probationary officer in the LAPD’s Devonshire Division in the San Fernando Valley. He was fired by the department soon after becoming the subject of an extensive manhunt.

His father, Victor, drove Solis out of state and later told federal authorities that he had simply dropped his son off at a Texas bus stop. The pair, however, were caught on surveillance video walking across the Mexico border.

Solis was arrested May 26 by Mexican authorities in the border city of Juarez and deported to the United States. He had been staying with relatives in the Juarez area prior to his arrest, FBI officials said. Special Agent Scott Garriola said Solis was “moved from one house to another” to help him avoid capture.

Victor Solis, 53, was convicted by a federal jury in El Paso of lying to the FBI about helping his son escape. He was sentenced to three years probation and a $1,000 fine.

His son — who is jailed in lieu of $10 million bail — could face a potential life prison term if convicted. The preliminary hearing starting Wednesday is designed to help a judge determine if there are grounds for trial.

—City News Service

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