Man who shot police officer gets 30 years on federal charges

A man who shot and critically wounded a Kansas City police officer two years ago pleaded guilty this morning to federal gun and drug charges.

Bryan K. Walker, 23, will serve 30 years in prison without parole as part of the plea agreement. A judge will sentence him later after a pre-sentence report is completed.

A large contingent of police tactical officers attended Thursday’s hearing at the federal courthouse, including Paul Clark, the officer felled by the fusillade of bullets Walker fired from inside a car that police had stopped on Aug. 7, 2007, during a drug trafficking investigation.

Another man in the car who was wounded by return fire from police pleaded guilty earlier this summer and is awaiting sentencing.

Walker pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, using a firearm during the commission of a drug crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.