A Mexican citizen who allegedly fired at a Huntington Park police officer last August was found not guilty of attempted murder Wednesday in Norwalk Superior Court after the officer testified that during the confrontation he had experienced flashbacks to a previous shoot-out.
Jose Silva Coria, 34, of Huntington Park, was shot six times by four Huntington Park police officers who fired 31 times. None of the officers was injured.
During the 2 1/2-week jury trial before Judge Ramona Godoy Perez, Coria said he never had a gun and authorities said no gun was ever found. Coria, who is disabled as a result of his injuries, was also found not guilty of assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon.
The prosecution charged that Coria fired a gun at Officer Henry F. Batterton in a car chase Aug. 10. The chase, which began after the officer attempted to pull Coria over for driving erratically and not having a rear license plate, ended when Coria crashed into a parked car in Huntington Park.