Crime

July 16, 2013

Man accused of shooting at police officers has trial rescheduled

A judge has rescheduled a trial to start Feb. 4 for a man accused of shooting at a Ceres police officer and of firing on officers trying to apprehend him two days later.

A judge has rescheduled a trial to start Feb. 4 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.

Mendoza is to return to court Dec. 3 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 a 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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