3 charged with attempted murder of policeman

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Updated: 8/26 10:12 pm

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say three men have been charged with the attempted murder of a San Bernardino policeman though they didn't pull the trigger.

The San Bernardino County district attorney's office said Tuesday that the men were with the gunman and knew about an AK-47 he fired during the confrontation. They're also charged with possession of an assault rifle and could life in prison if convicted.

Officer Gabriel Garcia and his rookie partner were approaching a group of people last Friday when one man opened fire with a handgun and the assault rifle.

Garcia was hit once in the head. His partner killed the gunman, identified as Alex Alvarado.

Garcia remains in critical condition in a medical induced coma. Prosecutors say the three men could face murder charges if he dies.

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