- Associated Press - Saturday, March 11, 2017

GLADSTONE, Ore. (AP) - A 46-year-old man who shot a Gladstone police officer and held a woman hostage for two hours before being shot by a member of a SWAT team has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Jeffrey Giddings apologized to the Subway restaurant worker he took hostage in a southern Portland suburb but directed an expletive at police before receiving the sentence Friday.

Giddings pleaded guilty to attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree criminal mischief, coercion, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.

“I just want to say I am truly sorry for the mental anguish I put you through,” Giddings told the woman in court. “I feel real bad for what I did to you, and I think about it every day. I hope you can forgive me.”

The chain of events on Aug. 8 started after an officer stopped Giddings, who was on a bicycle, for a traffic violation. Giddings fled but was found by Gladstone police Sgt. Lee Jundt.

Authorities say Giddings fired 15 times at Jundt, striking him at least once in the arm. The injury ended Jundt’s police career in Gladstone.

Giddings then entered Subway. He took one woman hostage, and others inside were either allowed to leave or they escaped, officials said.

A multi-agency SWAT team responded and tried to negotiate with Giddings. When that failed, officers fired at Giddings, hitting him, and once he was down, officers entered and got the woman out safely.

Liz Mincer said being taken hostage changed her life, and she’s had good days and bad days since.

“I’m actually very glad he got what he deserved,” Mincer said outside the courthouse. “Of course, I wish he could’ve gotten more. Thirty years, his life will be over.”

Jundt read a victim impact statement in court.

“You, Mr. Giddings, are a coward and a selfish individual, beyond comparison,” Jundt said. “May you be in torment for the rest of your life. I forgive you for your actions that day, but rest assured, I will never forget.”

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