Hooper receives probation after no-contest plea to battery on law enforcement officer Featured

Eric Hooper. Eric Hooper. Lyon County Jail photo

An Emporia man who fired two guns while walking along Kansas Highway 99 last year was sentenced to probation.

Eric Ryan Hooper was sentenced to 12 months probation Wednesday for one count of battery on a law enforcement officer. He also received an underlying 12-month jail term, meaning any probation violations mean automatic jail time.

The 38-year-old Hooper was arrested in early August after allegedly firing both a rifle and handgun on the highway just north of Emporia. Hooper allegedly tried to pull away from deputies and allegedly bit one before he was arrested.

Hooper said he fired a gun to get somebody's attention to help him for unspecified reasons.

Besides the battery count, Hooper was originally charged with criminal discharge of a firearm on a public road or right-of-way, but that count was dismissed as part of a plea arrangement in late October.

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