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New details emerge in Riverside cop's murder

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
New details have emerged about the death of a Riverside police officer killed while pursuing a suspect. Court documents say parolee Earl Ellis Green hit Officer Ryan Bonaminio in the head with a metal bar, then shot him at least three times with his own gun.

The Riverside district attorney is expected to announce on Thursday whether he will pursue the death penalty for Green.

On Nov. 7, Green allegedly stole a big rig, hit a car and then took off running with Bonaminio in pursuit. Green is accused of ambushing Bonaminio in Fairmount Park, ignoring the officer's pleas to spare his life and murdering him in cold blood.

Green, who has a violent criminal history, is undergoing a mental evaluation. He is scheduled to enter a plea Dec. 16.