Ex-LAPD of­fi­cer re­turned to Cal­i­for­nia

Rookie charged with fa­tally shoot­ing a man in Pomona in March is ex­tra­dited from Texas; fa­ther is found guilty of ly­ing to the FBI.

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Kate Mather kate.mather@la­times.com Twit­ter: @katemather The As­so­ci­ated Press con­trib­uted to this re­port.

An ex-Los An­ge­les po­lice of­fi­cer ac­cused of shoot­ing a man out­side a Pomona bar has been brought back to Cal­i­for­nia from Texas to face a mur­der charge, of­fi­cials said.

Henry So­lis, 27, was booked into the Pomona city jail Thurs­day af­ter­noon af­ter the ex­tra­di­tion went “with­out any is­sues,” Pomona Deputy Po­lice Chief Michael Olivieri wrote on Twit­ter. So­lis is be­ing held in lieu of $2-mil­lion bail.

Lt. Hec­tor Ro­driguez said So­lis would be turned over to the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment on Fri­day morn­ing. So­lis could be ar­raigned that day, Ro­driguez said.

So­lis’ re­turn came on the same day that a jury in Texas found his fa­ther, Vic­tor Manuel So­lis, guilty of mak­ing false state­ments to the FBI to pre­vent au­thor­i­ties from find­ing his son.

Vic­tor So­lis will be sen­tenced in Au­gust.

Henry So­lis was ap­pre­hended May 26 in Mex­ico, end­ing a weeks-long search that be­gan af­ter the fa­tal shoot­ing of Salome Ro­driguez Jr., 23. Au­thor­i­ties al­lege that So­lis chased Ro­driguez and shot him af­ter a fight early on March 13.

So­lis has been charged with mur­der and as­sault with a firearm in con­nec­tion with Ro­driguez’s death, ac­cord­ing to a felony com­plaint that Los An­ge­les County pros­e­cu­tors filed for his ex­tra­di­tion from Texas.

So­lis was de­ported to Texas af­ter Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties ar­rested him in Juarez, a city in Chi­huahua state just across the Rio Grande from El Paso.

An FBI agent work­ing the case said So­lis was ly­ing low in the bor­der city — he grew a beard, stayed in­doors and avoided us­ing cell- phones or so­cial me­dia. His aunts, un­cles and cousins helped move him from house to house, the agent said.

Au­thor­i­ties said they fo­cused their search on parts of Mex­ico where So­lis had rel­a­tives, but have not re­vealed what spe­cific in­for- ma­tion led them to him. Chi­huahua of­fi­cials said So­lis told au­thor­i­ties he knew his cap­ture was com­ing “sooner or later.”

LAPD Chief Char­lie Beck fired So­lis af­ter he was named a sus­pect in the shoot­ing. So­lis, a for­mer Marine, had spent only nine months with the LAPD be­fore in­ves­ti­ga­tors al­lege he shot Ro­driguez, a truck driver, mul­ti­ple times. So­lis was off duty at the time.

The rookie of­fi­cer didn’t show up for work the next day, LAPD of­fi­cials said. That night, Pomona po­lice pub­licly iden­ti­fied him as a per­son of in­ter­est in the killing, cir­cu­lat­ing a f lier with his photo and a de­scrip­tion of his car.

Au­thor­i­ties al­lege that So­lis ditched his Volk­swa­gen Jetta not far from the scene and called his fa­ther for help. Ac­cord­ing to court records, Vic­tor So­lis told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he drove with his son 800 miles to El Paso, where he dropped the younger So­lis off at a bus stop.

But au­thor­i­ties said sur­veil­lance video showed Vic­tor So­lis walk­ing with his son across the bor­der into Mex­ico.


HENRY SO­LIS is seen in sur­veil­lance video walk­ing with his fa­ther, Vic­tor, across the bor­der into Mex­ico.

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