- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

KOTZEBUE, Alaska (AP) - A Buckland man will spend 30 years in jail after shooting and wounding a village police officer last summer.

The state Department of Law says in a statement that Gary Ballot was sentenced Monday in Kotzebue for the July 26 attack on Officer Loren Geary.

Prosecutors say Ballot was going to Kotzebue to Buckland in a skiff on July 26, taking large quantities of liquor, beer and wine to a wedding at a fish camp.

Village police tried to stop Ballot, who had a high-powered rifle. Prosecutors say Ballot shot Geary, shattering his left elbow. The bullet then went into Geary’s stomach, and stopped in his right hip. Even though injured, Geary detained Ballot until troopers arrived.

Ballot earlier pleaded guilty to attempted murder and other charges.



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