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Man gets life in prison for killing Arizona police officer

Posted at 5:15 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 21:27:02-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A jury has sentenced a man convicted in the killing of an Arizona police officer to life in prison.

The decision on Tuesday spared Christopher Redondo a possible death penalty for fatally shooting Gilbert police Lt. Eric Shuhandler during a 2010 traffic stop.

He also was convicted of aggravated assault and drive-by shooting for leading police on a high-speed chase where he fired gunshots and tossed tools and other objects at pursuing officers, while a friend drove his truck.

Authorities say Shuhandler stopped Redondo's truck because his license plate was partially obscured.

The officer was shot as he walked from his patrol car back to Redondo's truck after learning there was an open arrest warrant for Redondo.