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Ex-Cypress First Lady Brinda McCoy given 15 years in prison for shooting at police officers

Former Cypress First Lady in now an inmate

Former Cypress First Lady in now an inmate

By Brian Hews

A former Cypress First Lady has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison for shooting at responding police officers after calling 911 and initiating stand-off nearly two years ago.

Brinda Sue McCoy, 49, Cypress, was found guilty by a jury June 18, 2012, of five felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer and one felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm.

Her husband Frank Mc Coy served as both a Councilman and Mayor of Cypress, as well as a Chief of Police in Oceanside. The crime shocked many in the Cypress community and left many questioning her mental stability at the time of the well publicized incident.

Back on Dec. 16, 2010, McCoy called 911 and stated she needed police assistance. Cypress Police Department officers responded to the defendant’s home and attempted to get McCoy to come out of her residence. The officers were in full department-issued uniforms and arrived in marked patrol vehicles.

McCoy refused to leave her house, pointed a firearm at her head and the ceiling, and then pointed it directly at the police officers outside through a window. The officers warned the defendant that, if she fired her weapon, she could hurt one of the officers positioned behind vehicles in front of her house.

“Despite this warning, McCoy fired the gun one time from inside her home at police officers who were stationed behind two parked vehicles outside. Approximately 20 minutes later, the defendant fired a second shot out the window,” said Susan Kang Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Special Weapons and Tactics officers used less-than lethal force to subdue and arrest the defendant.

In another well reported incident, McCoy was rushed to an area hospital after local law enforcement officials responded to an emergency call to her residence located at the 4500 block of Tuscani in what was eventually called a possible suicide attempt.