A man who tried to kill a Visalia police officer by firing several shots at him faces 35 years to life in prison, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said Friday.
In a jury trial, John Lynn Bolen, 50, of Visalia, was found guilty of premeditated attempted murder of a police officer. Thursday, the same jury found him legally sane, the District Attorney's Office said.
The District Attorney's Office gave this account of the shooting:
On June 19, 2012, Bolen called 911 and asked for help at his home in southeast Visalia. Officer William Hansen went to the home.
Bolen answered the door wearing a bullet-proof vest and holding a semiautomatic handgun. Hansen told him to drop the gun.
Bolen stepped into the doorway and started raising his handgun, causing Hansen to draw his own gun and start firing.
Bolen shot at the officer several times, and Hansen lost his footing while trying to take cover. One bullet hit the ground three feet from Hansen's head and another hit his radio holder.
Hansen shot Bolen twice in the stomach and once in the chest.
Bolen will be sentenced April 17.
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