Former Marine sniper sentenced for shooting on Hopi Indian Reservation

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PHOENIX -- A former Marine sniper has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a shooting spree last fall.

On October 5, 2011, police responded to a residence on the Hopi Indian Reservation after receiving a report of a domestic violence incident in which Karty was the suspect.

While police waited for the victim to pack some belongings, Mitchell James Karty, 39, returned to the home and verbally taunted officers. He then drove away.

Concerned for the victim’s safety, officers took the victim and her young child to the police station.

While en route to the station, Karty stopped his vehicle in front of the police and began firing an assault rifle.

Police were able to get the victim and her child to safety, but authorities were forced to chase Karty throughout the day.

One officer was injured when Karty shot a police vehicle, causing several metal fragments to splinter and embed in the officer’s ear.

Karty was eventually arrested after turning himself in to the FBI.

On Feb. 21, Karty pleaded guilty to use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault of a federal officer.

Prosecutors said they’re dedicated to making sure residents of the Hopi Indian Reservation don’t have to worry about people like Karty.

“Just as these officers were committed to protecting the victim, her family, and the community, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is deeply committed to prosecuting violent crime and ensuring public safety in Indian Country,” Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel said.