Parole officer charged with attempted murder for shooting store clerk after credit card refused: OCDA

A parolee on parole has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a Garden Grove convenience store clerk on multiple occasions after his credit card was refused, officials said on Wednesday.

Odis Richard Cox, 33, of Buena Park, has been charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of shooting from a motor vehicle, one count of charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of a prohibited person possession of ammunition and one count of discharging a firearm in an occupied building, said the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in a press release.

He also faces felony enhancements for being armed with a firearm while committing a felony and for personal use of a firearm.

Just before 2 a.m. on November 15, officers responded to a convenience store located in the 8900 block of Chapman Avenue, regarding a report of gunfire.

The store clerk told officers that a man, later identified as Cox, was upset by the refusal of his card. Cox then allegedly fired seven bullets at the clerk behind the counter.

Cox then left the company and shot in the store window as he was chased, smashing the window, officials said.

The clerk managed to avoid being shot and was not injured.

Detectives identified Cox as the suspect in the shooting and arrested him on November 18. At the time of his arrest, Cox was on official Orange County probation, community post-release supervision and on parole at large.

“This clerk was just trying to make a living and he was almost murdered for it,” OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “When someone has repeatedly shown that they have no respect for the law and total disregard for human life, I will do everything in my power to hold them accountable and keep the county safe. of Orange. This is why I have asked my prosecutors to file all legal strikes in Orange County in order to hold these repeat offenders accountable. “

Cox faces a maximum sentence of 63 years in life if convicted on all counts. He has already been on two strikes, the prosecutor’s office said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Garden Grove Police Inspector Camara at 714-741-5824.