Man charged with shooting at police loses appeal

Jerod Reed was convicted in a bench trial in May 2012

A Kirksville man, currently serving time in prison, has lost his appeal on his conviction.

Jerod Reed, 20, was found guilty March 26, 2013, on two counts of first degree assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and felony resisting arrest. He was sentenced to serve 12 years on each of the assault charges, 7 years on the armed criminal action charge and 3 years on the resisting charge, with all sentences to be served at the same time.

In his appeal, Reed claimed that he couldn't have known for sure that the two Kirksville police detectives were police officers because they were in plain clothes. Reed also claimed he couldn't cause serious injury to two police officers with a gun that only had one bullet.

However, the court found that Reed should have known they were officers since one was wearing a badge on his waist near his service arm and the other officer had prior law enforcement contact with Reed.

The court also ruled that even though only one shot was fired by Reed, the detectives testified that he continued to pull the trigger on the gun. The court found that it was reasonable to assume that Reed had attempted to kill or seriously injure both detectives during the incident.

On May 10, 2011, Kirksville police attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Reed at his residence in the 600 block of North Main Street . The detectives found Reed in one of the rooms. He pulled a small caliber handgun from his pocket and pulled the trigger. Reed managed to fire one shot before he was apprehended and the detectives were able to get the gun away from him.

Reed is serving his sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

You can read a copy of the appeals court ruling here.

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