Suspect in police shooting arraigned in Pomona court
The man accused of assault with a deadly weapon against the Claremont police officer that shot him, appeared in court Thursday, entering a plea of not guilty.
Marcelo Herrera was arraigned in Pomona Superior Court on three felony counts, including assault on a police officer, unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
Judge Jack P. Hunt set a preliminary hearing date of June 10, at which time the 24-year-old will also be arraigned on two charges of probation violation and a misdemeanor charge of resisting, delaying or obstructing officer from an unrelated incident. Bail was set at $85,000.
If convicted of all charges, Mr. Herrera faces up to 6 years and 4 months in prison.
The Pomona man was arrested May 5 after he was shot by a Claremont police officer in search of a stolen vehicle out of Montclair. The officer spotted the car near the 500 block of West San Jose Avenue and attempted to stop it as the driver drove into a nearby dead end alley. Mr. Herrera then allegedly drove the vehicle in reverse toward the officer. Fearing he would be run over, the officer fired his weapon, striking the accused in the upper torso.
Mr. Herrera, who has been in custody at LAC/USC Medical Center since his arrest, transferred Friday to the Los Angeles County Inmate Reception Center where he is awaiting jail assignment.