LAPD Rookie Convicted Of 2nd Degree Murder
A jury today convicted a former Los Angeles Police Department rookie officer of second-degree murder in a fatal 2015 shooting at a Pomona bar.
Henry Solis, now 32 years old, fled to Mexico after gunning down 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez Jr. Solis was on the run for 10 weeks before Mexican authorities captured him in Ciudad Juárez and sent him back to the U.S.
Solis claimed he'd been robbed and sexually assaulted by Rodriguez and another man inside a restroom at the bar, and that the shooting happened when Solis tried to arrest Rodriguez.
According to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office, however, Solis pursued and shot Rodriguez after Rodriguez walked past him outside the bar.
The jury deliberated for two days before finding Solis guilty of one count of second-degree murder. His sentencing is scheduled for March 11. Solis faces 40 years to life in state prison.