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Henderson man gets 10 years for shooting at officer

Posted June 17, 2011

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— A Henderson man who fired at officers and led them on a two-mile chase was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney General George Holding announced Thursday.

Christopher Hasan Gay, 32, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors said that Henderson police got reports that occupants of a vehicle were firing gunshots along State Route 1001 on Jan. 2, 2009.

Once the vehicle was pulled over, Gay jumped out, then pulled out a Ruger 9 mm pistol and pointed it at his head, prosecutors said. During a scuffle, Gay fired at officers, prompting them to shoot back.

He managed to get back into the car and drive off, leading police on a 2-mile, high-speed chase before crashing, prosecutors said.

"Every day officers put themselves in danger. When they make a stop, they never know what will happen," Holding said in a statement. "We owe a huge debt of gratitude to law enforcement officers as each day they lay their lives on the line to protect us."

Gay had 10 previous state convictions dating to 1998, including dealing drugs and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to state Department of Correction records. He served one 11-month jail sentence in 2007 and 2008.

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  • medeanna32 Jun 20, 2011

    Just because a law enforcment officer knows the dangers of their jobs doesnt mean that we dont owe them respect..

  • adelaidestallings Jun 17, 2011

    judging by his past history 10 years isn't going to change anything. Good thing I am not a judge, he would have got 50

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 17, 2011

    Wilkow - "How about life in prison if you shoot at ANYBODY? This is why we have parolees, probationers and career criminals threatening us every day."

    AMEN!!!

    Though I have great regard for them, since when are the lives of police officers more valuable than the lives of any other citizen?

  • working for deadbeats Jun 17, 2011

    How about life in prison if you shoot at ANYBODY? This is why we have parolees, probationers and career criminals threatening us every day. Maybe this guy had a poor child hood.

  • working for deadbeats Jun 17, 2011

    "LEO's know what they are signing up for when they become "LEOs"" 27615

    How insightful. Thanks.

  • bbrown07 Jun 17, 2011

    Anyone shooting at anybody should get 10 years,no early release.Same if they shoot into an occupied home.

  • 27615 Jun 17, 2011

    10 years really? That' sad shows how much the judicial system cares about our LEO's

    LEO's know what they are signing up for when they become "LEOs"

  • MudLife Jun 17, 2011

    10 years really? That' sad shows how much the judicial system cares about our LEO's

  • beachlvr0804 Jun 17, 2011

    And where is a picture of the guilty one?

  • tobywilliamson58 Jun 17, 2011

    10 yrs.? Pathetic!

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