A 36-year-old Orange man received two life sentences Wednesday, March 20, for the attempted capital murder of two police officers in Orange on March 29, 2011.
According to a news release from the Orange Police Department, 36-year-old David Glen Mays of Orange was convicted by a jury in Judge Dennis Powell’s 163rd District Court of Orange County on two counts of attempted capital murder against Sgt. Robert Ashworth and Sgt. Robert Estrello.
According to The Examiner archives, on the date of the shooting, OPD reported that officers from the Orange Police Department Narcotics Division, the Pinehurst Police Department and the Orange County Pct. 2 Constable’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant at 2309 Riverside Drive in Orange, only to be met with gunfire. When officers knocked on the door of the residence and announced their arrival, someone inside the home fired a shot at them. The officers were not injured, and the fired round reportedly lodged in the doorframe. Officers then forced entry into the residence, which was fortified with iron security bars on the doors and windows, and subsequently arrested two subjects without further incident.
During a search of the home, officers reportedly discovered crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, pills, stolen property and two semi-automatic pistols — one of which was determined to have been used to fire at the officers. In addition, officers seized a digital scale, baggies and assorted paraphernalia used for the distribution of drugs, the OPD report detailed. The occupants of the residence, David Glen Mays and Tiffany Thompkins, were charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felon in possession of a firearm and attempted capital murder on the two officers.