FAIRFIELD — A prosecution motion to amend the criminal complaint against a 22-year-old man accused of attacking a Fairfield police officer in Lee Bell Park, and add three felonies to the charges, goes Thursday before Solano County Superior Court Judge Alesia Jones.
Three misdemeanor charges were filed March 6 against Blake Brandon Cooper after the March 4 incident at the park that injured Officer Steve Garcia.
John Daughtery, chief deputy district attorney, said last week the District Attorney’s Office was reviewing the case and on Tuesday the prosecution filed a motion to amend the complaint. The added charges sought by the prosecution include felony battery with an injury to a police officer, and resisting arrest resulting in an injury to an officer.
Daughtery had said the office was investigating the nature and extent of the injury to the police officer.
“Any time a police officer is injured in the line duty, it’s a huge matter to us,” Daughtery had said.
Amendments to criminal charges, he said, are also made in other cases not involving an officer when prosecutors learn injuries to a person are more severe than first believed.
Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet had said the March 4 incident at Lee Bell Park that left Officer Garcia injured is more than a misdemeanor battery.
“There is no doubt,” he said. “That really deserves a felony charge.”
Fairfield City Councilman John Mraz, who served in the Fairfield Police Department from 1965-86, had said it will be several months before Garcia can return to duty and that Cooper should be charged with a felony and, if convicted, sent to prison.
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