OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Police Chief’s wife was “held to answer” at a court hearing in Orange County earlier this month for a December incident in which she is accused of firing two gunshots at police after pointing a gun to her own head.
Enough evidence was presented at the May 6 court date for Orange County Superior Court Judge Frank Fasel to order McCoy to stand trial, according to a district attorney spokesperson. The next court date is set for June 7.
Brinda McCoy, 47, pleaded not guilty in a Santa Ana courtroom on Jan. 26, to felony charges of firing a gun at police officers during a Dec. 16, 2010 standoff at her house in Cypress.
The ordeal began after officers from the Cypress Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call from McCoy, in which she stated that she needed assistance, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Then a stand-off was initiated by the distraught McCoy, who is accused of refusing to come out of her house, pointing a semi-automatic handgun at her own head, then at the ceiling before pointing it directly at police officers who were outside.
She had allegedly fired a semi-automatic gun twice at police who were positioned behind two parked cars outside of her residence, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The Special Weapons and Tactics team stopped McCoy by using a beanbag gun, and nobody was injured in the standoff.
McCoy is the wife of Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy, who has held that title since January 2006, and is a former mayor of Cypress.
Brinda McCoy has remained free on a $250,000 bond since the December ordeal. She faces 58 years in prison, if convicted.
Brinda and Frank McCoy have five children. The defendant has also been a registered nurse, and was issued her nursing license in 1992, according to the California Board of Registered Nursing.
On March 23, the nursing board filed formal charges against the license, which could result in it being suspended or revoked.