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April 30, 2014

Man pleads guilty to nearly running over officers

ANDERSON — A man who was shot by police after almost driving over two officers during an escape attempt was sentenced Wednesday morning.

Dustin Roy Anderson, 33, of Anderson, wept as he pleaded guilty and apologized in front of Madison Circuit Court 4 Judge David Happe at a sentencing hearing.

Happe determined the aggravating factors surrounding the March 9, 2013, incident outweighed the mitigators, and handed Anderson a sentence of 32 years, with 27 years to be executed in prison.

According to past reports, Anderson was shot in the abdomen by Anderson Police Department Detective Mike Lee after Anderson crashed through a garage door and nearly ran over several officers in a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier in the 2700 block of Fountain Street.

Two APD officers, John Branson and Donnie Jordan, were injured by garage door debris. After the incident, Anderson was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis to be treated for the gunshot wound. At the hearing Wednesday, Anderson said the bullet was still in his abdomen.

Four officers, Branson, Jordan, Lee and Chris Barnett, were involved at the scene. About 1:30 a.m. that morning, the officers were searching another garage in the the area for a suspect in a separate incident of burglary and domestic battery a few hours earlier.

As they approached the garage on Fountain, they noticed a strong smell of methamphetamine and meth-producing ingredients coming from the structure.

The officers heard voices inside and called out asking anyone inside to come out. According to reports in court, Branson heard an engine start in the garage and yelled to the other officers, warning them that a vehicle might try to punch through the garage.

Lee and Jordan jumped out of the way of the vehicle as it plowed through the closed garage door, sending wreckage flying. Some of it landed on Branson and Jordan, injuring both officers. Both recovered from the injuries.

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