Man gets life for shooting Cape Coral police officer

Yousel Rivera

NBC-2.com

Yousel Rivera

— A Southwest Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting a Cape Coral police officer.

A Lee County judge sentenced 21-year-old Yousel Rivera on Monday. He was convicted last month of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Authorities say Rivera — a documented member of the Krazy Getdown Boys gang — admitted to shooting Officer David Wagoner three times during a 2011 traffic stop.

Rivera's lawyer argued that the shooting was caused by a seizure, but prosecutors said Rivera fired the shots because he didn't want to be arrested.

The News-Press (http://goo.gl/MUQqSc) reports that two of the slugs struck Wagoner's body armor, while the third hit his abdomen. He has since returned to work.

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