Three men were acquitted Thursday of conspiracy to commit murder but convicted in connection with the gang-related shooting at an unmarked Anaheim police car with uniformed officers inside the vehicle.

Juan Carlos Covarrubias, 22, Jordy Roman Martinez, 21, and Andrew Gomez Sanchez, 21, were convicted of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and street terrorism, both felonies. Jurors also found true sentencing enhancements for committing the crime for the benefit of a gang and the vicarious discharge of a weapon.

Sentencing was set for May 1.

The trio pulled up in their car in front of the officers’ unmarked squad car about 3:30 a.m. June 1 and blocked the victims on Palm Street at Boysen Avenue, Deputy District Attorney Gary LoGalbo said.

One of the defendants got out of the passenger side of the car and opened fire on the officers, who were not hurt, LoGalbo said.

The officers put on their car’s lights and sirens and quickly retreated, but the defendants  pursued the patrol car and one of the suspects shot at the officers, LoGalbo said.

The defendants attempted to drive away when other officers arrived, LoGalbo said. The defendants’ car crashed while making a U-turn at Midway Drive and Anaheim Boulevard, LoGalbo said.

The three got out of the car and ran away, but Martinez and Covarrubias were arrested quickly while Sanchez was picked up about an hour later, LoGalbo said.

City News Service

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