Three suspected gang members and one of their girlfriends faced federal charges Thursday after an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer was shot and killed earlier this week.
Fernando Arroyos, 27, was killed Monday night in south Los Angeles in an attempted robbery while looking at homes with his girlfriend, authorities said.
Suspects Luis Alfredo De La Rosa Rios, 29, were charged with violent racketeering crimes; Ernesto Cisneros, 22; Jesse Contreras, 34; and Rio Haylee’s girlfriend Marie Grisham, 18, according to the US Department of Justice.
They could face the death penalty if found guilty.
OFF-SERVICE LOS ANGELES POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN DEATH DURING HOUSE HUNT WITH GIRLFRIEND; 4 ORDERS
The suspects drove to the house Arroyos and his girlfriend were watching on Monday night and Rios and Cisneros robbed them at gunpoint, the Justice Department statement said.
Arroyos reportedly exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects and was shot once. He collapsed in an alleyway and later died in hospital.
The suspects reportedly fled after Arroyos was shot.
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Investigators have surveillance video of suspects going to another house after the shooting, the statement said.