A 15-day trial ended in conviction on multiple counts for man charged with injuring a Menlo Park police officer during arrest.
On March 13, a jury found Jaime Demecio Romero, guilty of felony assault with a semiautomatic firearm, resisting arrest and seriously injuring a peace officer, illegal possession of a gun, and using a firearm while committing a felony, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Jaime Demecio Romero (Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)
Mr. Romero, a Menlo Park resident, was arrested on Aug. 28, 2013, after he shot a 24-year-old man who allegedly tried to attack him with a baseball bat during a traffic altercation on Willow Road, according to police.
Menlo Park Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) officers were already in the area on an unrelated case, and attempted to detain Mr. Romero. A struggle during his arrest injured a police officer's hand. The officer has since returned to duty, according to the police department, but may require further surgery to repair the damage.
A date for sentencing will be set on March 26. Mr. Romero remains in custody on $500,000 bail. His defense attorney, Gerritt Rutgers, was not immediately available for comment on the trial's outcome.