A man who shot at Bellevue police officers during a standoff has been sentenced to at least 16 years in prison.
Raymond L. Churchich, 31, pleaded no contest to use of a firearm to commit a felony and two counts of attempted assault on an officer.
He was sentenced to 27 to 60 years in prison, though state sentencing guidelines make him eligible for parole after 16 years.
Police said Churchich barricaded himself inside his house on Aug. 10, 2012.
Two road patrol officers arrived, and he started shooting at them with a shotgun, prosecutor Stephanie Hansen said.
Another officer coming to the back of the house heard Churchich yell, “I see you.”
Officers took cover behind a car as Churchich continued to shoot at them.
A SWAT team was called in and sent a tactical robot with a camera to the garage to find out what Churchich was doing.
“He comes out the garage door and then blows the robot to smithereens,” Hansen said.
One of the bullets ricocheted and hit an officer, though he was in SWAT gear and wasn't hurt.
Eventually, SWAT officers used pepper gas to subdue Churchich.
Sarpy County District Judge David Arterburn sentenced Churchich on Tuesday.
Hansen said she was happy with the sentence.
“The judge absolutely took it seriously,” she said. “He talked about officers putting their lives on the line every day.”