Chicago, IL – A former police officer who was shot 28 times by fellow officers during a 2005 traffic stop was sentenced to 40 years in prison for attempted murder. Howard Morgan, 61, was off duty during the incident, which began when he was pulled over for going the wrong way down a one-way street. According to police, Morgan drew his weapon and began firing at officers when they tried to arrest him. NBC Chicago reports:
Howard Morgan will spend a considerable amount of time in prison for his role in a police shooting during a traffic stop in 2005.
Morgan, who was convicted last week of trying to kill Chicago police officers, today received two concurrent sentences for his crime: one for 40, another for 35 and two others for 25 years for attempted murder and discharging a firearm at a police officer. He will serve the sentences concurrently, meaning he will serve 40 years of actual time.
“I am in God’s hands,” Morgan, 61, said after the sentence was handed down by judge Clayton Crane.
Four officers said that on Feb. 21, 2005, Morgan, a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad detective, pulled his service weapon on them and began firing when they tried to arrest him for driving the wrong way near 19th Street and Lawndale. The officers shot Morgan, who was off-duty at the time, a number of times. Medical testimony said it was unclear if he was shot 28 times or if there were only 28 wounds.
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