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Huntington Man Sentenced After Triggering Police Action Shooting
Updated August 18, 2016 7:39 AM | Filed under: Crime
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Zachary Tyler Peek

(HUNTINGBURG) - A Huntingburg man who triggered a standoff in February and was wounded in an officer-involved shooting was sentenced last week in Dubois Circuit Court.

In an open plea deal, 27-year-old Zachary Peek pleaded guilty to a Level 5 felony count of intimidation with a deadly weapon. On Friday, Judge Nathan Verkamp sentenced Peek to three years to be served at the Dubois County Security Center. But the court noted Peek can apply to be admitted into an in-patient post traumatic stress disorder program at the Marion, Ill., Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

According to court records, if Peek is released into the Illinois VA program but, should he leave it or be discharged, he would have to serve out his sentence at the county security center.

Upon successful completion of the Marion PTSD program, Peek would be able to serve out the balance of his sentence on work release through the Dubois County Community Corrections Center, although additional counseling would be mandated.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on Feb. 2 Peek was shot by two police officers at League Stadium after he allegedly pointed a revolver-style gun at them.

Police later learned the gun was an air gun pistol with a long barrel.

Peek pulled the gun from his waistband, pointed the weapon at wto officers and started to approach them That is when each of the two officers each firing one shot at Peek. Peek was ordered to drop his gun and refused, so each officer fired once more.

Peek was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. Where he was then taken by LifeFlight to an Evansville Hospital.

Peek had admitted in court he was trying "to commit suicide by cop." The U.S. Army veteran told the court he hoped to get treatment for his wounds and for PTSD.



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