TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A man suspected of shooting a Tucson police officer last year during a burglary now is facing additional charges.
Tucson police announced Wednesday that a Pima County grand jury has charged 29-year-old Richard "Ricky" Mendoza Jr. with two felony counts of aggravated assault.
Mendoza had previously been charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and six counts of prohibited possessor of a firearm.
Tucson police say Mendoza is suspected of shooting and wounding Sgt. Robert Carpenter on Nov. 18.
Carpenter and other officers were responding to a burglary call when the 12-year department veteran was struck in the head by a bullet.
The 46-year-old Carpenter was released from a hospital in December, but hasn't returned to work.
Mendoza remains in the county jail. It's unclear if he has an attorney.
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