Police Officer's Son Recalls a Frightening Day in October

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) In October 20-15 -- Scott Sargent opened fire with an assault rifle at police, shoppers.. and store employees at the Wilkes-Barre Township WalMart.

     He ended up being convicted on dozens  of counts -- including the attempted murder of five police officers.

On Thursday, a Judge sentenced Sargent  to 179 to 358 years in prison.

     And as he was being taken to prison -- the son of one of those officers who was nearly killed had a lot to say – the I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick.

"Yeah, I didn't think my dad was coming home that day or all the officers."

   Conor Bouton says he was with a friend when he heard about a man shooting at police and shoppers at the Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Township.  On that day in October of 2015, he knew  that his dad, patrolman Brian Bouton would respond to the call..

"In fact I heard about it on Facebook and they twist stories that there were people shot people dead . I didn't know the real story." Said Conor

He later learned that his father drove a police cruiser toward Sargent to provide cover for fellow officers who were trying to stop Sargent.

 

A bullet lodged in the headrest of his dad's cruiser.  He ducked just in time. Sargent was stopped by police and nobody was injured. The entire family learned in court today that Sargent had a tattoo put on his forearm. Depicting a graveyard, a skull and five tombstones with the names of the five police officers he tried to kill...including his dad.

"When he's in jail the rest of his life those people are still alive today he'll remember it the rest of his life." Said Conor.

 

"He has no remorse for what he's done." Said Stacie Bouton, Wife of Officer Bouton

The shooting was horrible enough the tattoo is like rubbing salt in an open emotional wounded

 

"That tattoo is very appalling. I'm very disturbed that somebody could actually do something like that." Said

But Officer Brian  Bouton says the tattoo will serve  a purpose that Sargent did not anticipate.

"It's a reminded to him for the rest of his life. He has to look at our names on his arm and remind him that he is incarcerated and doesn't have the freedom  and also that he failed."


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