Man gets 13 years for shooting APD SWAT officer serving 'no knock' warrant

A Travis County jury sentenced Tyler Harrell to 12 years and six months in prison for shooting an APD officer in the knee. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

The man found guilty earlier this week of aggravated assault for shooting an Austin Police SWAT officer who was serving a "no knock" warrant was sentenced Thursday afternoon to over a decade in prison.

A Travis County jury sentenced Tyler Harrell to 13 years and six months in prison. He must also pay a $7,000 fine.

Back in 2016, the then 18-year-old Harrell shot Officer Jason Pittman in the knee as a SWAT team served the warrant at his North Austin home in the 1000 block of Morrow Street. Police were there to serve a search warrant for narcotics trafficking and sales.

The plan, according to court documents, was SWAT members would announce their presence as they made entry into the home and officers would operate a loud speaker outside the home to announce the police presence. When officers entered the home, Harrell rounded a corner upstairs with an AK-47 and opened fire, hitting Officer Pittman. Harrell and his mother later surrendered without incident.

Harrell claimed he thought someone was breaking into his home, according to court documents.

This developing story will be updated.

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