Earl Green, 44, of Rubidoux, Calif., was arrested near a Target store at 8 p.m. Tuesday for the Sunday night slaying of Riverside Officer Ryan Bonaminio, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
Green was booked at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday for investigation of murder with at least one "special circumstance," which lets prosecutors seek death or life without parole. Such circumstances include murder of a peace officer.
Riverside County court records show a man with Green's name and date of birth has a record of at least 13 cases going back to at least 1990, when he admitted receiving stolen property and battery on a police officer and was sentenced to one year and four months.
He was sentenced to three years for felony vandalism in 2007 but served less than 20 months.
Eddie Green, a cousin, told the Press-Enterprise he feared for his life around Earl Green.
A candlelight vigil for Bonaminio is planned for this weekend in Riverside.