Friday, 11 March 2016 14:35

Man Sentenced for Shooting at Police During Standoff

Misael Chica-Arguenta Misael Chica-Arguenta SCSO
MEMPHIS – March 11, 2016 - A man who shot at police officers during a standoff at his North Memphis home two years ago was sentenced to six years in prison Friday, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Misael Chica-Arguenta, 26, was convicted in November on three counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter. The Criminal Court jury acquitted him on more serious charges of attempted first-degree murder.
During the standoff on Sept. 24, 2014, the defendant – who already had fired a shot through the windshield of an occupied police vehicle - waived a pistol at officers as he stood on his porch in the 3200 block of Lyndale Ave. near Holmes and Summer.
He pointed the gun at his head, then pointed it at officers and fired shots in the direction of two groups of officers. At that point, officers returned fire, wounding Chica-Arguenta and ending the standoff.
The defendant’s live-in girlfriend told police he had fired three shots at her inside the home before officers arrived.
On Friday, Judge Bobby Carter commended the officers for their professional handling of the matter even as their lives were endangered by Chica-Arguenta waiving his pistol on the porch and pointing it in their direction.
The defendant testified in trial that he was depressed and was trying to get police to kill him. A crisis intervention officer was involved in trying to negotiate the standoff peacefully.
“The defendant put these officers in a horrible spot,” the judge said. “He had no concern for their lives or his own. They showed remarkable restraint, but there’s no medal for that, unfortunately."
Chica-Arguenta has been in custody since the incident and has nearly enough jail credit – 30 percent of his sentence - to be considered for parole. He is not in the United States legally, however, and may have to meet with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Glenda Adams of the DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit which prosecutes felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners.
The unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.