Man sentenced for running from cops, pointing BB gun at officers

Man sentenced for running from cops, pointing BB gun at officers

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A man who was high on methamphetamine when he ran from Billings police officers while pointing a BB gun at them was sentenced to five years with the Montana Department of Corrections.

Bryon James Hemming, 29, was sentenced in Yellowstone County District Court on Monday by Judge Gregory Todd for felony counts of assault with a weapon and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. An additional misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed.

Todd sentenced Hemming to five years with the Department of Corrections and a $500 fine for both felonies, running the sentences concurrently.

Hemming ran from cops when they pursued him at North Park on July 27, 2014, after they saw him and another man who were standing near open alcohol containers. Officers told Hemming to stop, but he ran and eventually pointed a replica of a stainless steel Beretta 92 pistol at the officers.

Officers eventually caught Hemming and stunned him with a Taser.

Hemming had a glass pipe in his pocket that tested positive for meth.

Both Todd and Hemming’s lawyer, Scott Hagen, noted Hemming was lucky he did not get shot by officers. Todd said he was amazed by the restraint the officers showed.

“Probably would have been justified in shooting at you,” Todd added.

Hemming said he was sorry for what he had done.

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