Trial set for man suspected of shooting at Ceres officer

01/29/2013 12:05 AM

01/29/2013 12:08 AM

A judge on Monday rescheduled a trial to start April 23 for a man accused of shooting at a Ceres police officer and of firing on officers trying to apprehend him two days later.

Jorge Alberto Mendoza, 27, has been charged with one count of attempted murder and seven counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a police officer. His trial is expected to last about three weeks.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Ricardo Córdova scheduled Mendoza to return to court April 15 for a pretrial hearing. The defendant remains in custody.

On Feb. 2, 2011, authorities say Mendoza shot twice at a Ceres police officer before fleeing from the parking lot of an am-pm minimarket at Service and Mitchell roads. The officer was not hit.

A manhunt ended Feb. 4, 2011, at a house on Geer Road in Keyes. Authorities said Mendoza was hit by a single bullet in the abdomen after firing at officers who had surrounded the home.

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