Off-duty cop shoots at, misses ex-girlfriend

The domestic dispute occurred about 3 a.m. Monday near Harbor Boulevard and Romneya Drive.

By DENISSE SALAZAR | The Orange County Register
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ex-LBPD rookie Orlando Mendez appears at the North Justice Center in Fullerton, when his arraignment on assault with a gun and other charges stemming from an alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend and two others was postponed. (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Ex-LBPD rookie Orlando Mendez appears at the North Justice Center in Fullerton, when his arraignment on assault with a gun and other charges stemming from an alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend and two others was postponed. (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

ANAHEIM – Police arrested an off-duty Long Beach police officer after he got into an argument with an ex-girlfriend and fired multiple shots at her. The shots missed her, police said.

The domestic dispute occurred about 3 a.m. Monday near Harbor Boulevard and Romneya Drive, said Anaheim police Sgt. Tim Schmidt.

Officers were sent to the area after someone called to report a shooting. Officers found Orlando Mendez, 26, of Anaheim waiting for them at the scene. He identified himself as a Long Beach police officer, Schmidt said.

Mendez, who had been a police officer for six months and was on probation, told officers he had been involved in a shooting.

The initial investigation revealed Mendez and his ex-girlfriend were driving separate vehicles when they encountered each other near Harbor and Romneya and a dispute broke out between them. Mendez then fired several shots into her vehicle, but she was not hit, Schmidt said.

Other female occupants in her vehicle were also uninjured.

Mendez and his girlfriend had not been together that night, Schmidt said.

A weapon was recovered at the scene.

Details of what led to the shooting are not being released pending the ongoing investigation.

Mendez was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, brandishing a firearm, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and corporal injury on a spouse, Schmidt said.

He was booked at the Anaheim Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

Mendez posted bail this morning.

Mendez was served with a probation dismissal at 10 p.m. Monday, said Karen Owens, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department.

“This type of behavior is completely unacceptable for anyone, especially for someone in law enforcement,” Owens said. “He had not passed his probation and was able to be dismissed immediately.”

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