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Man Sentenced For Shooting Mesquite Police Officer

Could Be Eligible For Parole Almost Immediately

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 41-year-old ex-convict from Utah could be eligible for parole almost immediately after he was sentenced to 12 to 30 months in prison in a shooting that left him and a Mesquite police officer wounded almost a year ago.

Daniel Wesley Runyon’s public defender, Melissa Navarro, told a judge on Wednesday that Runyon shot himself in the head before he was also shot by police during a traffic stop last March 21.

Navarro says she can’t account for a gunshot that wounded Mesquite police Officer Craig Empey.

Runyon also spells his last name Runyan.

He pleaded guilty in November to being an ex-convict in possession of a firearm.

His plea deal avoided trial on multiple charges including attempted murder, assault with a weapon and drug transport and trafficking.


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