Supreme Court: Intoxication no excuse for shooting at police

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that being drunk was no excuse for a Topeka man to fire a weapon at law enforcement officers.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the court on Friday upheld four convictions against David Allen Kershaw for aggravated assault on a law officer with a deadly weapon.

Kershaw was convicted in Shawnee County District Court and sentenced to 38 months for firing a shot in February 2012 at Shawnee County deputies who responded to a domestic dispute call.

Testimony at trial showed Kershaw had consumed a large amount of whisky and was taking prescription medications, otherwise he wouldn’t have shot at the deputies.

The Court of Appeals reversed his conviction because of an instruction the judge gave to jurors, but the Supreme Court overturned that decision.


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