A 49-year-old man with a domestic violence conviction was charged Friday with attempting to kill two special agents with the Attorney General’s Office during an eight-hour standoff with police in Costa Mesa.
Costa Mesa Police Department officers were helping Department of Justice special agents serve a warrant about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of Monrovia Avenue, one block west of Placentia Avenue, to seize Luis Mendez Jr.’s weapons when he allegedly opened fire, police alleged.
The gunfire triggered a standoff with police for more than eight hours before Mendez surrendered without incident. None of the responding officers were injured.
The Whittier resident was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm with a prior misdemeanor conviction, a prohibited person owning ammunition and possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle, all felonies. He also faces sentencing enhancements for the discharge of a firearm.
Mendez was not allowed to possess a weapon because of a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction and was wanted on a warrant, Costa Mesa police said.
Mendez was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in the West Justice Center in Westminster.