Wamego man sentenced for police shootout

Drugs, a possible bipolar condition, and violence were all part of the testimony of a Wamego man’s sentencing on Thursday afternoon in Pottawatomie County Court.
Dustin Monroe’s defense attorneys called experts in mental health and addiction to the stand to testify on his challenges, but also his determination to become a better person going forward.
Prosecutor Sherri Schuck brought the two officers who shot Monroe onto the stand, and they described their repeated attempts to get Monroe to drop his weapon and the fear for innocents that finally drove them to end the confrontation by shooting Monroe.
Monroe was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and criminal discharge of a weapon after firing a shotgun at the Quality Inn on East Poyntz Avenue towards the officers, and into the building itself.
Monroe received an eighteen months sentence with all charges placed to run concurrently, and could receive up to 15% time off for good behavior.  Monroe was given until 5 pm on Friday to remain free and say goodbye to friends and family.

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