Las Vegas man shot by Reno police called a habitual criminal

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- A Las Vegas man who pointed a gun at a Reno Police Department officer Jan. 27, prompting the officer to shoot him, has been adjudicated a habitual criminal and must serve at least 10 years of a life sentence before he can apply for parole.

Patrick Michael Wootan, 34, pleaded guilty in Washoe District Court in June to assault on an officer with a deadly weapon by a parolee, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle. They mark Wootan’s 10th, 11th and 12th felony convictions, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said.

The incident started at Foster Drive and Booth Street near Reno High School in which Wootan was speeding and refused to stop for police. Wootan drove away from a Reno police officer and then ran away and as an officer attempted to take him into custody Wootan pointed a gun at the officer, the district attorney’s office said. The officer shot Wootan, who was treated at the hospital. The officer was not hurt.

It later determined the vehicle Wootan drove and the gun he pulled had been stolen from two different people, the district attorney’s office said.

At sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Amos Stege stressed to the court that the defendant’s long history of property crimes and the seriousness of the assault on the officer warranted a life sentence, the district attorney’s office said.

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