LOS ANGELES — A 16-year-old has been charged as an adult in the shooting death of a Southern California police officer in what investigators called a botched robbery.
The teen, Abel Diaz, was charged Friday with murder in the death of Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez.
A court appearance for Diaz set for Friday was postponed until Monday. He faces life in prison if convicted.
Downey police officers and city employees line up to pay their respects as a Los Angeles County Coroner van, far right, transports the body of Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez in Downey, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Galvez was in plainclothes and sitting in the driver's seat of his personal car when two men ran up and opened fire late Wednesday. Los Angeles County authorities say they've made an arrest and that more could be imminent in the fatal shooting of an officer near his police department headquarters. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Two other suspects — 18-year-old Steven Knott and 21-year-old Jeremy Anthony Alvarez — are expected to be charged Monday.
It was not clear whether any of the three has an attorney.
The 29-year-old Galvez was in plainclothes in the driver's seat of his personal car at the end of his shift Wednesday night when he was shot.
The former Marine, a five-year veteran of the police department, died in his car.
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