Abilene Man Shot by Police Gets 25-Year Prison Sentence

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Abilene man who was shot during an altercation with police has been sentenced to serve 25 years in prison.

Derek Casey, 31, received this sentence Thursday afternoon - 45 days after he pleaded guilty to two counts of Aggravated Assault Against a Peace Officer in March. 

Casey is accused of opening fire on members of the Abilene Police Department on January 3, 2016.

The two Abilene police officers were placed on routine administrative leave following the shooting.

According to police, officers on scene were responding to a disturbance call just after midnight on the 1100 block of Burger Street  because the calling party told police that the suspect, identified as Derek Casey, 31, was outside her home and armed with a gun. She told police she believed Casey was on some type of drug.

Two officers found Casey near the back door of the home when they arrived on scene - APD says Casey ignored the officers verbal commands and opened fire, so the officers returned fire, shooting Casey in the process.

The Abilene Police Department's press release claims, "Officers then provided immediate life-saving measures until the Fire Department and EMS arrived."

He was treated at Hendrick Medical Center where he was treated then released into custody.

No officers were injured in the incident. 

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