Man gets 3 years for shooting SWAT deputy

Suspect said when he fired, he did not know he was shooting police


By Scott Sandlin
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT team deputy in the groin as officers stormed his home was sentenced Friday to three years in prison, despite his contention that he did not know that the intruders were police until after the fact.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston used the occasion to call for the Legislature to enact an enhancement to the basic sentence when a law enforcement officer is the victim.

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