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Manhattan man pleads no contest in shooting at officers

A 38-year-old man accused of trying to kill a Manhattan police officer has pleaded no contest to attempted voluntary manslaughter.

The Manhattan Mercury reports Mark Harrison of Manhattan entered the plea Thursday.

The charges stem from a standoff with police on February 5th of 2018 during which he fired more than 30 times.  One of the bullets struck Riley County Police Sgt. Pat Tiede.

A jury found Harrison guilty in February of criminal damage to property for gunshot damage to an armored vehicle sheltering officers.  He was found not guilty of attempted capital murder related to two officers who were inside it.

A retrial had been scheduled on the attempted capital murder charge involving Tiede after jurors could not reach a verdict on that count.  Sentencing is set for July 22nd.

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