Months after being released from prison for assault with a deadly weapon on a Santa Ana officer, a documented gang member was arrested on suspicion of attempting to kill another officer in the area, the Police Department said Thursday.
Parolee Carlos Michael Rodriguez, 30, was released from prison on Sept. 27, 2015, after serving eight years for assault with a deadly weapon on an officer.
The weapon used was a firearm, according to police, who did not provide additional details on the case.
Rodriguez was again arrested on Thursday after opening fire on a detective the previous afternoon, the Santa Ana Police Department stated in a news release.
Gang detectives were conducting “proactive enforcement” in the 2700 block of McFadden Avenue when they attempted to contact Rodriguez.
He then fired one of his weapons at a detective, who suffered a graze wound to the head, police said.
The detective returned fire, striking Rodriguez in the upper and lower torso areas.
Both men were hospitalized, with the detective being treated and released to recover at home. Rodriguez was admitted and listed in stable condition.
He was booked on suspicion of attempting to murder an officer, gang enhancements, possession of a gun within a school zone, being a gang member in possession of a gun, and being in possession of a concealed gun.
Two handguns were recovered at the scene, police spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said Wednesday.
As is typical for shootings involving an officer, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office was investigating.