A 34-year-old Fort Wayne man convicted of trying to kill a Fort Wayne police officer was sentenced Tuesday to 90 years in prison.
Daniel Spells Jr., of the 2100 block of Asquith Drive, was convicted June 4 of attempted murder, carrying a handgun without a license with a prior felony conviction, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement and being a habitual offender.
He was accused of trying to kill Fort Wayne police officer Treven Brown. In May 2013, Spells drew a handgun and fired at Brown, who was responding to a domestic dispute in the 3100 block of South Harrison Street.
Hearing the suspect had fled, Brown spotted Spells a few blocks away, appearing to fit the description of the man for whom Brown was looking.
Spells was not that man, but his behavior as Brown approached him led the officer to believe he was intoxicated.
Spells angled his body and put his hand on his right side, pulling a .45-caliber handgun. As Brown tried to grab Spells from behind, Spells fired two shots, with the muzzle of the pistol about a foot from Brown’s shoulder, court records said.
The two struggled, falling to the ground, where Spells fired the gun again.
Neither was struck by a bullet, but during the fight, Spells was able to bring his right arm up again and fire two more shots at the officer, court records said.
Brown eventually was able to grab the gun with one hand and Spells’ wrist with the other, but Spells continued to fire the weapon until it was empty, causing slight injuries to Brown’s hand.
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