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Wife of Oceanside police chief charged with firing weapon at Cypress officers

Mugshot The wife of the Oceanside police chief has been charged with five felonies in Orange County for allegedly firing a semiautomatic firearm at police officers in Cypress, authorities said.

Brinda Sue McCoy, 47, was arrested by SWAT squad members who fired a bean-bag at her during the Dec. 16 incident at the family home in Cypress, authorities said.

She is married to Frank McCoy, the police chief in Oceanside in northern San Diego County, authorities said. He served eight years on the Cypress City Council, including a term as mayor. He was also a commander in the Long Beach Police Department. He was hired in Oceanside in 2006.

According to the Orange County district attorney's office, the incident began when Brinda McCoy made a 911 call and requested assistance. When Cypress officers responded, she refused to come out of her house, pointed a firearm at her head and then fired twice at officers crouching outside the home. No one was injured.

Brinda McCoy, a nurse, was released from Orange County jail on Wednesday on $250,000 bail. Orange County prosecutors said that if convicted of all five counts, she faces up to 58 years in prison.


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Photo: Brinda McCoy. Credit: Orange County district attorney

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What bizarre behavior. Of course, I wasn't there, but I'm surprised that a suspect who actually had a rifle in hand and shot at officers is not only still alive, but apparently unharmed. It seems far too often we read about an unfortunate unarmed person who officers "thought" had a firearm in hand, and they shoot the person multiple times and kill them. I'm not saying this lady should have been shot, but it appears to illustrate how officers react differently depending on the person's background, ethnicity, neighborhood, etc. Of course, maybe it's just that the Cypress PD officers are better trained than some of the cities in LA County where unarmed people have been shot to death by officers.

Mike -- You have just summed up the issue perfectly and concisely.

Mike, you raise really good points, especially, when you look at the recent police shooting that were reported (man with water nozzle that resembled a gun and the young boy with another item that looked a gun). This is either a case of very good policing under intense pressure or different rules for police and their family members, or a host of other reasons. It will be very interesting to watch her processing through the criminal justice system. Mental illness/duress .....

One of the big reason this lady is not dead is because she was contained inside of a residence. If she had been out on the street or firing from the residence multiple times, they would have been forced to return fire. It was just the grace of God no one was struck by the two gunshots she fired.

WOW, too bad For Frank McCoy.. I remember when he was a beat officer in Manhattan Beach

She fired at police officers and they shot a bean bag at her while a white guy in long beach pointed (not shot) a garden hose at officers and was shot and killed by police. Point being, when people call 911 if they tell the operator something like "my boyfriend/girlfriend is a police officer but they are not here right now" when the police arrive they will think twice before shooting anyone.

If she would have been brown or black you can be assured she would have been shot.

This is what happens when firearms are kept in the home. Women and children get hurt, and police department budgets get killed in the line of fire by armed amateur civilians.

@ Dean McAdams. You're entirely right. Criminals and crazy people never break the law. That's why they never illegally acquire them to commit crime or mayhem. You're right legal firearms in a police chiefs home made his wife flip out and shoot at law enforcement. The firearm also held itself to her head, because inanimate objects have a mind of their own. Next time your car forces you to get a speeding ticket, let me know. Because exponentially more women and children get hurt by dangerous evil speeding cars on the freeway driven by irresponsible drivers. Maybe only "expert" race car drivers should be allowed on the freeway?

NOT ONLY THAT?! BUT HOW ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH WAS IT EVEN REMOTELY CONSIDERED ~ THAT SHE WOULD BE "ALLOWED" TO GET OUT ON BAIL? ($250,000? She would only have to come up with $25,000 through a bail bondsman! Plus, that would not be that hard for her to acquire ~ seeing that she is the chief of police's wife? I am sure they allow themselves a hefty salary ~ like the city officials do! She being married to him would have access to that kind of money?) COME ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN?! WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?!


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