A suspect accused of attacking two Los Angeles police officers inside a police station – pistol-whipping one with his own gun and open firing on another – has been charged with attempted murder, prosecutors said.
Jose Cerpa Guzman, 29, of Los Angeles, was charged Tuesday with two counts of attempted murder and related charges in the brazen late Saturday assault inside the Harbor Community police station in San Pedro, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.
Prosecutors said Guzman entered the police station and got into an argument with an officer just before 10 p.m. He left but came back and allegedly started attacking an officer.
Video of the onslaught obtained by the Los Angeles Times shows a suspect identified by cops as Guzman knocking the officer to the ground before grabbing his gun and striking him at least four times in the head with the weapon.
Police sources told the newspaper Guzman then tried to shoot the officer — repeatedly squeezing the firearm’s trigger — while pointing the weapon at his chest, but a safety mechanism stopped it from going off.