WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- A Schuylkill County man will likely be in prison for the rest of his life for a shooting in a Walmart parking lot two years ago.
Scott Sargent was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison. He was convicted on two dozen counts including attempted murder, after he opened fire with an assault rifle at police, shoppers, and store employees.
On Thursday, the story took an unexpected, if not strange, twist.
Sargent got a tattoo on his arm that some call morbid. It depicts a graveyard with five tombstones. Those tombstones have the names of the five police officers he tried to kill.
“I think about it every night when I try to fall asleep,” said Officer Alan Gribble.
Gribble was the officer who shot and stopped Sargent’s shooting rampage. The terror unfolded on the afternoon of October 17, 2015 in the parking lot of Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Township.
Sargent fired dozens of rounds into the Walmart Automotive Center and the parking lot. There were plenty of close calls but somehow no one was injured. Gribble took Sargent out with a blast from his shotgun.
“He said if he wanted to kill an officer he could have,” said Gribble. “Well he tried and failed.”
Officers learned that while in prison Sargent got a tattoo on his forearm that shows a graveyard scene with a skull and five tombstones. Each has the name of the officers who tried stopping him.
“Appalling, horrible, pathetic. I think pathetic would be the best term,” says Gribble.
The lead prosecutor ays he has never seen anything like this before in his 15 years trying criminal cases.
“I thought that was deplorable, I think it’s disrespectful,” said Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino. “It speaks volumes because although Sargent didn’t speak today, it speaks volumes about who he is and what his intentions were that day.”
As for motive? During the trial Sargent claimed he was firing at people who were following him. The jury didn’t buy it. Judge Dave Lupas sentenced him to 179 to 358 years in prison, the maximum penalty he could have received.