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CrimeMan accused of shooting Mount Vernon officer Mike McClaughry found guilty

15:15  30 august  2019
15:15  30 august  2019 Source:   q13fox.com

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Opening statements began in Skagit County in the long-awaited trial of Ernesto Rivas. Rivas is accused of shooting Mount Vernon police officer Mike McClaughry after a standoff back in 2016.

MOUNT VERNON — A man accused of attempted murder in the shooting of a Mount Vernon police officer has been found mentally competent to stand trial. Ernesto Lee Rivas, 47, faces charges related to a Dec. 15, 2016, standoff with law enforcement that left officer Michael “Mick” McClaughry blind

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- The man accused of shooting Mount Vernon police officer Mike McClaughry during a standoff in 2016 was found guilty of attempted murder Thursday.

Man accused of shooting Mount Vernon officer Mike McClaughry found guilty© KCPQ-TV/TNS

The jury found Ernesto Rivas guilty of two charges of attempted murder and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon in the first degree.

Prosecutors opened the trial by calling the shooting an unprovoked attack on an officer.

“Officer McClaughry says 'Ernie, we just want to talk to you,' he turns away – he’s looking down – and while he’s looking there… he’s shot,” said a member of the prosecution earlier this month.

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MOUNT VERNON , Wash. (AP) — The trial is scheduled to begin this week of a man accused of shooting a police officer in northwestern Rivas has been charged with 11 counts, including attempted murder, in the shooting of Mount Vernon police officer Michael "Mick" McClaughry in

Ernesto Rivas, 47, is accused of shooting officer Mike McLaughry on Dec. 15, 2016 and is - The trial for a Skagit County man accused of blinding a Mount Vernon police officer during a shooting " Officer McClaughry says, 'Ernie we just want to talk with you.' He kind of turns away and looks

Meanwhile, the defense blamed the shooting on gang members who were with Rivas.

McClaughry was shot in the head and is now permanently blind.

Before the trial, McClaughry spoke about the challenges he continues to face since being shot, saying:

“I will share with you that there was more than one moment where I needed to go quietly somewhere, there`s no one else around, and you just cry. You don`t have a choice in that, you have to let that go, because if you don`t get that out of your system you can’t go forward."

Sentencing will be decided at a later date, but Rivas faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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