Long Beach Man Convicted of Racially Motivated Murder, Attempted Murder of Police Officer

A Long Beach man was convicted Friday of a racially motivated murder and the attempted murder of a Long Beach police officer in 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LADA) announced in a statement.

Darryl Harnish, 67, was found guilty on February 11 of the first-degree murder of Terry Alexander, the attempted murder of Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officer Arthur Vega and one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm of a peace officer. The jury also found true gun allegations.

Prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney Jack Garden with the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section said that just after midnight on April 19, 2012, Harnish yelled racial slurs and threatened to kill three black individuals sitting on a bus bench in the area of Pacific Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.

As Alexander rode his bike toward Harnis, the defendant pulled out a gun and fired twice, killing him.

Officer Vega was about one block away when he heard the gunshots from the incident, Garden said. When Officer Vega arrived on scene, Harnish turned and fired twice toward him. One of those bullets hit the police vehicle’s hood and a second went through the windshield. Officer Vega was not struck.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 25, and Harnish faces 85 years to life in state prison. He has remained in custody since his arrest in April 2012.

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