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05/16/06 - Angelina County

Man Involved in Police Shoot-Out Stands Trial

by Ramonica R. Jones

An East Texas man accused of leading police on a violent chase last year is now on trial in Lufkin.

Tuesday, Huntington police chief, David West, told jurors about the day one of his officers was almost gunned down. The officer tried to stop Tanner Hole and two of his friends who were headed down Highway 69.

Hole reportedly handed his gun to a passenger in the back seat who then fired several shots at the officer.

Although he was not the shooter, Hole is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer. In Texas, there's no accomplice law, so Hole cannot be tried on a lesser charge. If convicted, he faces up to 99 years in prison.

The actual gunman, Steven Wilson, pleaded guilty in April and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The case against a third suspect, Sabrina Canada, is still pending.

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