NE Indiana man gets 22 years for pulling gun on officer

ALBION, Ind. — A northeastern Indiana man who was shot by a police officer he pulled a gun on during a 2019 domestic disturbance has been sentence to 22 1/2 years in prison.

Faustino Jesus Vasquez, 29, was sentenced by a Noble County judge after pleading guilty to a felony count of pointing a firearm. The Fort Wayne man received a 2 1/2-year sentence on that count.

But as part of Vasquez’s plea agreement a sentencing enhancement added another 20 years to his sentence during Monday’s hearing, The (Kendallville) News-Sun reported.

In November 2019, a Kendallville police office was responding to a domestic call at a mobile home park when Vasquez drew a handgun and pointed it at the officer, prosecutors said.

The officer drew his weapon and fired, striking Vasquez at least twice before taking cover and calling for police backup and medical assistance.

Vasquez drew a gun and pointed it at Kendallville Officer Doug Davis during a Nov. 22, 2019, domestic disturbance call at a Kendallville mobile home park.

Vasquez was hospitalized for weeks before being charged with felony counts of carrying a handgun without a license and pointing a firearm. Under his plea, the handgun charge was dropped.

An investigation of the police-involved shooting by Indiana State Police and prosecutors determined that the officer acted appropriately in self-defense in the incident.