UPDATED 9:28 AM PT — Tues. July 10, 2018
Thomas Man Kim made his first court appearance for allegedly killing a California firefighter and injuring two other people during an explosion at a senior living community.
On Monday, the man appeared in a Long Beach court, where his attorney requested his arraignment be postponed until next month due to his medical issues.
The 77-year-old was also denied bail.
Kim has been charged with murder for the death of Captain Dave Rosa, two counts of attempted murder, arson of an inhabited structure, and explosion with intent to murder.
Several members of the Long Beach Fire Department went to court to support their fallen friend and colleague.
“Our world has changed a little bit, we’ll continue to do what we have to do, and that’s what Captain Rosa would want and that’s what we’re gonna do and we’ll continue to support him and his family,” said Deputy Fire Chief Rich Brandt.
On June 25, Kim reportedly set off an explosive device inside his retirement home apartment in an attempt to kill his upstairs neighbor, who he was feuding with.
As firefighters responded to the scene, Kim allegedly waited in the hallway and shot Captain Rosa, firefighter Ernesto Torres and a resident who lived in the building.
Both Torres and the resident made a full recovery, but Rosa later died at a local hospital from his wounds.
The organization ‘Friends of Long Beach Firefighters’ has set up a donation site for Rosa, who was a 17-year veteran in the department and a married father of two.
If convicted, Kim could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Prosecutors will officially decide whether they will pursue capital punishment at a later date.