On November 10, 2016, defendant Christopher Blankenship was sentenced in Superior Court by the Honorable Judge Christopher Coury to two 15 years terms that will run consecutively for an aggravated assault committed against two Phoenix Police officers. The offense occurred on November 25, 2015 when Sgt. Brad Huskisson and Officer Mike Dugan can into contact with Blankenship regarding a trespass offense Blankenship hid in a stairwell at a nearby church and began exchanging gunfire with both officers who were in an open parking lot. Blankenship (a prohibited possessor) was wounded and ultimately taken into custody. Fortunately neither officer was injured in the incident.
In addition to the 30 years of flat time that Blankenship will have to serve for the aggravated assault he was given an additional 10.5 years on an unrelated aggravated assault charge and an additional three years for theft of means of transportation. Those sentences are to run concurrent with the 30 years
PLEA attended the hearing and made a statement on behalf of the involved officers. We would like to thank all who attended in support of the officers to include the Chief, members of the PD command group, numerous officers and police chaplains.