Man sentenced to 15 years after shooting at officers, stealing police car

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Less than two years after a man fired a rifle at police officers, stole a squad car, hit the lights and led authorities on a high-speed chase across state lines, he’s been sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

A spokesperson for the DOJ said that 29-year-old Cody Dimmett was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for assault of a federal officer and the use and discharge of a firearm during the assault.

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On May 25, 2021, the FBI and Southaven Police received information that Dimmett would be traveling through the area and tried to pull him over.

Dimmett led authorities on a chase that ended in Memphis.

That’s when Dimmett got out of his car with an SKS rifle and fired multiple shots at authorities, striking an officer in the arm, according to the DOJ.

Dimmett then stole the officer’s vehicle and sped off across the bridge into Arkansas.

During that chase, Dimmett hit the blue lights and led officers on a chase that reached speeds of over 120 mph, the DOJ said.

Dimmett eventually crashed and surrendered to officers hours later.