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Death Penalty Sought in Riverside Officer Slaying

Nov. 15: Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco, announces charges filed against Earl Ellis Green for the murder of Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio, pictured at right, during a news conference Riverside, Calif.

Nov. 15: Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco, announces charges filed against Earl Ellis Green for the murder of Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio, pictured at right, during a news conference Riverside, Calif.  (AP)

Prosecutors in Southern California say they seek the death penalty for a suspected truck thief charged with killing a police officer.

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco said Thursday he will seek a death sentence for 44-year-old parolee Earl Ellis Green.

Green has been charged with murdering 27-year-old Riverside police officer Ryan Bonaminio.

Bonaminio was killed Nov. 7 after he pulled over a suspected hit-and-run driver. Authorities say the driver ran and Bonaminio chased him into a park, where the officer was attacked and shot to death.

Green is set to be arraigned Dec. 16. A message was left for Green's attorney O.G. Magno.

Bonaminio returned to his hometown of Riverside to be a police officer after serving Army tours in Iraq and Germany.