HASTINGS, Minn. - A Dakota County man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a gun at an Inver Grove Heights police officer in March of 2012.
Justin Thadeus Amick, age 41, was sentenced to 240 months after being found guilty of first degree assault, second degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was acquitted on counts of first and second degree attempted murder.
Squads were dispatched on a call of shots fired just before 5 a.m. March 18, 2012, on a road near the Mississippi River in Inver Grove Heights. There they found a parked vehicle with two people inside.
As officers approached the vehicle the driver pointed a gun at them and fired two shots, then tossed the weapon towards officers and sped off.
Dispatchers put out an alert for the vehicle and Amick and a female companion were arrested less than an hour later.
"I am pleased that this lengthy prison term was handed down against this person who attempted to harm law enforcement officers in our community," said Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom.
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