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Deputy-Involved Shooting Gets Garfield Man 6 Years

Court ActionGARFIELD  (AP) – A Douglas County man shot by deputies after pointing a gun at them has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Jonathan Patrick Benson, of Garfield, was also sentenced to probation for five years.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree assault in relation to the Feb. 6 officer-involved shooting at his rural Garfield home.

Authorities said officers were called to remove two “unwanted guests” and found Benson with a rifle from his basement.

Authorities said he ignored their demands and pointed the gun at officers so three Douglas County deputies shot him several times in the upper shoulder and neck area.

He was sentenced Friday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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