OCEANSIDE — Brinda McCoy, 47, the wife of Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy, pleaded not guilty in a Santa Ana courtroom on Jan. 26 to felony charges of firing a gun at police officers during a standoff at her house.
She has remained free on a $250,000 bond since the December ordeal.
A pre-trial is set for March 18.
During the arraignment, it was ordered that all weapons be removed from the McCoys’ residence, including Chief McCoy’s own service weapon, according to Susan Schroeder, chief of staff at the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
The chief’s gun may be secured in his car or remain at the police department.
Schroeder said that the weapons-removal order is a fairly standard term of release in these types of cases.
Peace officers from the Cypress Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call from Brinda McCoy on Dec. 16, but she refused to leave her house, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
A stand-off was initiated by McCoy, who is accused of pointing a gun at her own head and then at the ceiling before pointing it directly at police officers who were outside.
Then she allegedly fired a semi-automatic gun twice at police who were positioned behind two parked cars outside of her residence.
Brinda McCoy faces 58 years in prison, if convicted.
The Special Weapons and Tactics team stopped Brinda McCoy by using a beanbag gun, and nobody was injured in the standoff, according to the district attorney’s office.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri, of the Orange County District Attorney’s office, is prosecuting the case.
Brinda McCoy is charged with five felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic weapon on a peace officer and two other felony counts of firing a gun with gross negligence.
She is also charged with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm, according to prosecutors.
Chief Frank McCoy has been police chief for Oceanside since January 2006, and is a former mayor of Cypress. The McCoys have five children