Man gets 20 years for officer-involved shooting at Scottsdale hotel

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Derek Ryan Eckles By Jennifer Thomas Derek Ryan Eckles By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A man who called 911 about a bomb then shot at police officers while high on methamphetamine and heroin has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

A Superior Court judge also ordered Derek Ryan Eckles, 26, to be placed on supervised probation for five years after serving his prison time. He will not be eligible for early release, according to a news release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

On June 10, 2011, Eckles made numerous 911 calls from a room at the Clarion Hotel in Scottsdale claiming that there was a bomb and that he needed police assistance. Two uniformed officers responded and discovered Eckles had barricaded himself in his room.

As they attempted to communicate with him, Eckles fired multiple shots through the door, narrowly missing the officers. Eckles also fired shots into a wall shared by a neighboring room. Two people in that room sought protection by diving to the floor.

Eckles came out of the room holding two guns and did not comply with officers' commands to drop the weapons. He raised one of the handguns to fire at the officers and was shot by another officer who had arrived as backup.

Eckles attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended.

In all, Eckles fired at least 10 rounds from two separate firearms inside the hotel room over the course of several minutes.

"This defendant clearly poses an unacceptable threat to the safety of our community and his sentence reflects the need to incarcerate him for an appropriately long period of time," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. "There should be no doubt that those who choose to endanger the lives of police officers and civilians in Maricopa County will be held to account and pay a severe penalty for their conduct."