Florida Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Shootout that Injured Police Officer

Florida Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Shootout that Injured Police Officer

VERO BEACH, Fla. — A man, Ward Kenyon, has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for his involvement in a shootout that resulted in a police officer getting injured.

On Monday, during the court proceedings, the 34-year-old received a life sentence with an additional 37 years for several charges, including attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a weapon, altering a firearm serial number, and carrying a concealed weapon.

The incident occurred in October 2017 when the Sebastian Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Kenyon due to him violating his 36-month probation for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

At Earl’s Hideaway Lounge in Sebastian, when three officers tried to frisk and handcuff him, Kenyon opened fire on them as mentioned in the preliminary report.

Officer Preet Singh, in response to the gunfire, instinctively grabbed the gun to gain control. A struggle ensued between the officer and Kenyon over the weapon, during which Kenyon discharged the gun, hitting Singh in the foot.

In response, the officers returned fire, shooting Kenyon multiple times, ending the violent confrontation.

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