By Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2021

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - A Johnson County teen pleaded no contest Thursday to charges stemming from a confrontation during which he shot at police, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said.

Christian Batson, 17, will serve 35.5 years in prison, Howe said in a news release.

Batson, who was tried as an adult, pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted first-degree murder, battery on a juvenile corrections officer, burglary of a dwelling, burglary of a firearm and making a criminal threat.

The confrontation began when officer responded to a report that two males were committing car burglaries on Nov. 24, 2019.

Batson was walking away from an officer when he turned and began shooting, Howe said. When Batson got into a police car, an officer shot at the car because there were weapons inside. No one was hit.

Batson got out of the car and struck a second officer before he was subdued, police said.

At the same time, the second suspect, Deven Mann, was struggling with another officer. An officer shot Mann when he reached for a gun that had fallen out of his pocket, Howe said.

Howe ruled in January 2020 that the shooting was justified.

Mann’s case is pending.

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