- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California man was sentenced Friday to nearly 30 years in federal prison for assaulting a federal ranger and a California highway patrolman during a shootout that left all three men wounded near a remote campsite last summer.

Brent Douglas Cole, 61, of Nevada County was sentenced to 29 years and seven months in prison, the U.S. attorney’s office in Sacramento said. He was convicted in February of shooting both officers near a remote campsite nine miles north of Nevada City last summer, near the popular South Yuba River campground.

The Bureau of Land Management ranger was shot in the left shoulder and the CHP officer in the right leg.

Cole was shot several times, but federal prosecutors say he surrendered only after he ran out of ammunition.

He was convicted of wounding officers with a deadly weapon and firing a gun during a violent crime.

The ranger initially let Cole go with a warning for driving his truck on a closed dirt road. The ranger then found Cole’s makeshift campground with two motorcycles, one of them reported stolen and the other with expired registration tags.

Cole came from the brush surrounding the campsite as the ranger and highway patrolman were removing both bikes, prosecutors said. He told the officers he was there to get his belongings, that he was armed and that he wouldn’t let the ranger handcuff him. He then drew a .44-caliber revolver and began shooting, hitting both officers as they returned fire, prosecutors said.

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