Man shot in officer-involved shooting sentenced to 15 years

Man shot in officer-involved shooting sentenced to 15 years

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man involved in an officer-involved shooting outside an Erlanger bar was sentenced Monday to 15 years.

Dexter Helton, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of fleeing from police and two counts of wanton endangerment.

The shooting happened in April 2018 outside of the Peecox Bar and Grill off Donaldson Highway.

Helton was being sought by police at the bar because he was wanted on a felony warrant out of Kenton County, according to Kentucky State Police.

When police arrived, he ran out the back door drawing a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband.

“As Mr. Helton was fleeing from officers, he drew a firearm and pointed it at the pursuing officers. This action caused a life threatening situation for the officers involved and they were forced to discharge their firearms,” police said in a prepared statement.

The Erlanger Police Department released the body cam footage from the incident on their Facebook page:

Authorities say Helton ignored commands to drop his weapon and ran down a nearby stairwell that led to a nearby Econo Lodge parking lot.

The warrant stated he continued to ignore verbal commands from officers, raising his weapon and pointing it at them.

At that point, officers discharged their own handguns.

Helton was hospitalized after the incident.

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