A 42-year-old man was found guilty Friday of trying to kill several police officers during a 2007 stand-off.
A Clark County jury convicted Terry Dixon of four counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, one count of battery and multiple other charges. The trial lasted about a week.
Dixon engaged police in a shootout in October 2007 at the Paradise Park Apartments, near Twain Avenue and Paradise Road. About 200 officers responded to the incident.
Dixon fired handguns from an apartment at officers, and he was under the influence of drugs at the time.
Three officers were wounded. One was shot in the wrist, one in his protective vest and a third officer in his equipment belt.
Dixon’s defense attorneys told the jury that he never meant to kill police officers. Deputy Public Defender Nadine Morton said Dixon fired at the officers to provoke them into shooting and killing him.
“He was not a man who was acting like he wanted to stay alive,” she said.
She also said Dixon fired randomly from the apartment and wasn’t targeting specific groups of officers who were in the area.
But prosecutor Christopher Pandelis said Dixon fully intended to kill the officers he fired at. He said Dixon fired mainly in the two areas where officers were bunched outside the apartment.
“Terry Dixon wasn’t looking to die,” Pandelis said. “Terry Dixon was looking to kill.”
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