Former Alabama Trooper in Court

The case of a former Alabama state trooper, who was indicted on a charge of firing shots at a fleeing suspect, was on the Sumter County Circuit Court docket Wednesday.

Nicholas Gist is accused of first degree assault, for allegedly firing shots at a suspect during a chase in July 2008 in York, Ala.

Circuit Judge Eddie Hardaway denied Gist's request for a change of venue.

The charge stems from an incident in which Gist and another state trooper were going to meet with a citizen whose motorcycle had been impounded in while Gist was on duty.

When the two showed up to meet with the plaintiff, Gist says the man ran away. This led to a chase and Gist allegedly firing about five shots at the man. Gist says he fired the shots to scare the man.

Gist case is expected to come to trial during the next court term, in the week of May 17. If found guilty, Gist could face anywhere from two to 20 years behind bars.


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