Man shot after driving at police gets 5 years in prison

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Darnell Wilson.

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – A shoplifting suspect who was shot and wounded by a suburban St. Louis police officer earlier this year has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office says 42-year-old Darnell Wilson pleaded guilty on Friday to second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, felony stealing and resisting arrest.

Wilson was shot by a Des Peres officer on Jan. 14 after he tried to hit the officer with his car. Police were responding to a report of shoplifting at a store in the West County Center mall.

Police said at the time that the officer feared for his life when he shot Wilson once in the arm.

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