Two arrested in Calexico officer shooting

October 29, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

SOUTH GATE — A 19-year-old man who allegedly shot an off-duty Calexico police officer here Saturday has been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, according to Sgt. Randy Davis of the South Gate Police Department.

An 18-year-old woman who drove the alleged assailant to the hospital also has been arrested, according to the department.

The 25-year-old Calexico officer, Fabian Mejia, is being treated for gunshot wounds to the stomach in Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center and is expected to fully recover, according to the South Gate department.

The Calexico Police Department has been told that "two are in custody" and "Mejia is still in the hospital," according to Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr. There is no set timetable for Mejia's return to Calexico.

Mejia was shot in the stomach during a gunfight on the streets of South Gate just after midnight Saturday, according to reports from the South Gate Police Department that have appeared in Associated Press stories and the Los Angeles Times.


According to the department, Mejia was about to use a public pay phone on the corner of Atlantic and Tenaya avenues in South Gate when a 19-year-old armed man allegedly demanded money from him.

Mejia, a three-year veteran of the Calexico Police Department, exchanged gunshots with the man, hitting the alleged robber in the stomach.

After the assailant fled in a getaway car, Mejia used the pay phone to dial 911.

The man under suspicion of armed robbery and the woman allegedly driving the getaway car were arrested when they showed up at a nearby hospital.

Bail was set at $500,000 each for Anayanci Chavez, 18, the alleged driver, and Max Facundo, 19, the alleged shooter. Both are from Cudahy.

Facundo's gunshot wounds were treated at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood and he will be transferred to the South Gate jail, according to published reports.

Mejia had been in South Gate visiting family, according to the Calexico Police Department.

Davis said there will be a follow-up investigation.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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