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Sentence handed down to man who dragged state trooper with car

CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — It’s been 16 months since a Missouri State Patrol trooper did the unthinkable. He dove into a suspects car as he drove off. He was dragged several hundred feet, but kept his wits and forced the suspect to stop, by shooting him twice in the leg.

Cpl. Cody Dunfee pulled over Alan Hampton near I-435 and 152 Highway on July 8, 2012. Dunfee clocked him going 86 miles per hour in a 65mph zone.

Hampton pulled over, but Cpl. Dunfee felt something was up. As he approached the car he realized Hampton had something in his waistband. Dunfee pulled his gun and Hampton hit the gas. Dunfee acted without hesitation.

“Dove into the car right after him, I drew my service weapon as i did that and he took off speeding down the shoulder,” explained Cpl. Dunfee.

Dashcam video shows the car speeding away and Dunfee hanging on for dear life. Seconds later the car stopped.

“Fearing for my safety and trying to figure out how to get the car to stop, I fired two rounds into his lower body.”

Wednesday morning, Hampton was sentenced to 30 years : Six years for resisting arrest, 12 for possession and 12 for felon in possession of a firearm. The judge ordered them served consecutively.

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