A Pasco man was sentenced Tuesday to one month in jail for pointing a loaded shotgun at a police officer.
Christopher Lee Murphy, 41, has credit for already serving the time while the case was pending in Franklin County Superior Court.
Last month, he entered an Alford plea to one felony charge of third-degree assault. The Alford plea means he denied committing the crime but believed prosecutors had enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty of a more serious charge.
Murphy originally was charged with first-degree assault and violating a no-contact order.
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Prosecutor Shawn Sant said his office had numerous meetings with Pasco Officer Josh Madsen, who did not object to a reduction of the charges in exchange for a guilty plea.
Madsen “believed it was in the best interest of the community to have (Murphy) complete mental health counseling and treatment available for up to two years.”
Murphy also was to plead guilty in Franklin County District Court for violating a domestic violence protection order.
Police responded Aug. 28 to a Road 68 home for reports of a man yelling in a backyard and demanding that his guns be handed over to him.
Murphy previously had been banned from his parents’ house because of a no-contact order with his mother.
After Murphy was seen standing behind a basement door while aiming a shotgun at the officers, Madsen fired 11 times at the suspect out of fear for his own life.
Murphy was not hit. He surrendered after several minutes.