Man found guilty of pointing gun at police

January 31, 2009 6:11:09 AM PST
A jury has found a Long Island man shot and wounded by two police officers guilty of pointing a gun at one of them. Frantz Byer was convicted Friday on charges of criminal possession of a weapon and menacing a police officer. He faces up to 15 years in prison on the gun charge. Byer's attorney says they are "devastated by the jury verdict."

Prosecutor Daniel Looney said that the officers' testimony during the trial was corroborated by forensic evidence.

Byer claimed he was carrying a bottle, not a gun, when police officers Timothy Nolan and Kenneth Endo opened fire during the July 14, 2007, encounter. Byer was struck by five bullets.

Prosecutors said the officers opened fire after Byer pointed a .22-caliber revolver at Nolan.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com


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