Lawrence man found guilty of threatening officer

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old Lawrence man shot and wounded by police in 2014 was found guilty of charges stemming from when he leveled a loaded shotgun at the officer.

Zachary James Ortiz was convicted Friday in Douglas County court of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the charge stemmed from an incident on June 23, 2014, when Lawrence Police Officer Skyler Richardson responded to a call of shots being fired.

Richardson said when he entered the home Ortiz refused to drop a shotgun he aimed at the officer. Richardson then fired on Ortiz, wounding him. Authorities earlier determined the shooting was justified.

Ortiz is scheduled to be sentenced August 26.


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