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Police chief's convicted wife hospitalized after being found injured

June 25, 2012 |  3:33 pm

Police chief's convicted wife hospitalized after being found injured
A police chief's wife who was convicted last week of firing her husband's service revolver at police officers has been hospitalized after being found injured in the backyard of her Orange County home, officials said Monday.

Family members of Brinda Sue McCoy, whose husband is chief of police in Oceanside and a former mayor of Cypress, called authorities shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday after they found the woman injured in the backyard of the family's Cypress home, police said.

A Cypress police spokesman, Lt. Steven Ramsey, would not specify the nature of the injuries but said investigators determined that no one else was involved. Paramedics had to perform "life-saving measures" before she was able to be taken to a hospital, Ramsey said.

In defending herself at trial, McCoy told jurors she was in a suicidal spiral when she fired her husband's gun after a family dispute.

McCoy, 49, was free on $250,000 bail after jurors last week found her guilty of five counts of assault on a peace officer and a single count of firing a gun with gross negligence. She was ordered to remain at her home and submit to electronic surveillance. 

In testimony during the trial, McCoy said that on Dec. 16, 2010, she was depressed after an argument with her husband and son. She said she sat in an upstairs room listening to a Sarah McLachlan song repeatedly while drinking martinis.

She testified that she thought if police were summoned to her home, they might shoot and kill her. After police arrived, she fired twice in the direction of officers, hitting a truck and a parked car. The standoff ended after she was shot with a beanbag round and arrested.

"I believed if I wasn't there, my friends and family would be relieved that I wasn't suffering anymore," she testified.


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Photo: Brinda Sue McCoy cries in court after a jury found her guilty after she shot at police and barricaded herself in her Orange County home. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times