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Marine arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of CHP officers

August 11, 2009 |  8:41 pm


A 19-year-old Marine was arrested tonight on suspicion of attempting to kill two California Highway Patrol officers Sunday morning during a pursuit.

Pvt. Edward Michael Forney was detained by Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station and then turned over to El Cajon Police Department detectives and booked into jail in downtown San Diego.

El Cajon police obtained an arrest warrant for Forney on three counts of attempted murder of a police officer. Forney was allegedly a passenger in a car driven by Charles Henderson Neal, 23 (pictured above).

When the CHP attempted to pull the car over on Interstate 8 about 3:20 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of drunk driving, the driver sped away and took an off-ramp to El Cajon.

The passenger then fired shots at the officers, who returned fire, officials said. The car was abandoned blocks away, and the occupants fled.

Forney and Neal are known gang members, El Cajon police said.

Neal is still being sought on a charge of reckless evading. The car attempted to run down one of the officers, according to the arrest warrant. Neither officer was injured.

When arrested, Forney had a graze wound on his left thigh, consistent with being the passenger in the car, officials said.

Neal is reportedly a civilian, known to live in the Skyline neighborhood of San Diego.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Charles Henderson Neal, believed to be the driver in the incident, is still being sought by authorities. Credit: El Cajon Police Department