Third suspect charged in shooting death of off-duty Monterey Park police officer

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DOWNEY, Calif. (KNX) – A third person was charged in the shooting death of an off-duty Monterey Park Police officer.

Gerardo Magallanes, 18, was charged with murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm while on probation, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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On Aug. 8, 26-year-old Gardiel Solorio was shot and killed while he was sitting in his car outside an LA Fitness in Downey.

Carlos Delcid, 20, and a 17-year-old were arrested and charged in the shooting. Delcid was charged with murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon, and with the special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a carjacking, D.A. George Gascón said.

The teenager was charged with murder in Juvenile Court.

While Delcid is accused of shooting Solario and the teenager is accused of being the getaway driver, the District Attorney’s Office said Magallanes waited with the teenager.

“We will ensure that anyone involved in the tragic and senseless killing of officer Solorio is held accountable,” District Attorney Gascón said in a statement. “My office commends the excellent investigative work of the police in this case and tracking all who were involved.”

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