A Utah man has been sentenced to 9 years in prison after being shot while in an officer’s holster

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salt lake city (ABC4) – A Utah man was sentenced Tuesday to more than nine years in prison followed by three years of supervised release after he pulled the trigger of a firearm while in an officer’s holster, nearly wounding two officers and a bystander.

A federal jury found Brandon Keith Thompson, 43, of Salt Lake County, guilty of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, the federal jury said. US Department of Justice He said.

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On July 8, 2021, law enforcement responded to a store in Sandy for reports of theft, the Department of Justice said. Staff identified Thompson as the suspect when officers arrived.

Thompson fled the store and two officers fled with Sandy Police Department I chased him into the parking lot. When officers stopped him, Thompson grabbed an officer’s firearm and pulled it “with such force that the firearm began to move out of the holster,” the Justice Department said.

The Justice Department said a bystander noticed the struggle and rushed forward to help the officers prevent Thompson from taking control of the firearm and possibly using it against them.

Thompson reportedly put his finger on the trigger and fired the weapon, which was still partially sheathed. The Justice Department said the bullet came within inches of hitting bystanders and officers.

Thompson maintained his grip on the firearm and continued to draw it as officers and bystanders attempted to control him, the Department of Justice said.

After a violent struggle, officers and bystanders secured the firearm and took Thompson into custody.

The Department of Justice said Thompson had previously been convicted of a felony. This is Thompson’s third federal conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Every day, law enforcement officers face life-and-death situations to protect their communities, said Special Agent in Charge Brent Beavers.

“We are fortunate and grateful that this case was not fatal to the officer or other innocent bystanders,” Beavers said.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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