Did Anaheim Gang Members Knowingly Shoot at Police?
A blue Chevy Impala with tinted windows drove slowly around a gang-claimed Anaheim neighborhood in the dark morning hours of June 1, 2012. Around 3:30 a.m., a black Toyota Corolla suddenly cornered the car. A brief standoff ensued before a passenger in the Corolla got out and started shooting. The violent encounter sounds like a typical gang shooting, however this time the people in the Impala were uniformed Anaheim police officers. But did Anaheim Vatos Lokos (AVLS) gang members Juan Carlos Covarrubias, Jordy Roman Martinez, and Andrew Gomez Sanchez know it at the time? The question is central to charges against them for attempted murder of police officers. The jury trial began Monday in Judge Patrick H. Donahue's Superior Courtroom in Santa Ana and continued yesterday with witness testimony.
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