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

A third suspect arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Monterey Park police officer during a botched robbery attempt in Downey now faces charges, including murder, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Authorities accused Gerardo Magallanes, 18, of standing by with a 17-year-old getaway driver while another suspect attempted to rob Officer Gardiel Solorio Aug. 8 in a parking lot outside LA Fitness.

The shooter fired at the victim multiple times as Solorio backed out of the parking space before allegedly fleeing with Magallanes and the driver.

Magallanes, who was arrested Thursday, Aug. 11, faces counts including murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm while on probation.

“We will ensure that anyone involved in the tragic and senseless killing of officer Solorio is held accountable,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Gascón said in a statement.

Carlos Delcid, the suspected shooter, faces similar charges with the added special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a carjacking.

The getaway driver, a minor, was charged last week in Juvenile Court with the murder of Officer Solorio.

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