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  • Inman man sentenced for attacking trooper

  • An Inman man was sentenced to prison Monday in McPherson County District Court for attacking a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper.
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  • An Inman man was sentenced to prison Monday in McPherson County District Court for attacking a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper.
    Adrian Squires, 29, of Inman was sentenced to 74 months in prison by Judge Richard Walker on a charge of aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer.
    Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Bauer was assisting Inman police and McPherson County sheriff’s deputies serve a search warrant on May 23 at Squires’ residence in Inman. Officials thought Squires might be raising farm animals in his home, which is against city ordinance. There were children as young as 5 months old living in the house.
    Squires was standing next to a trailer with tools on it, according to McPherson County Attorney David Page. Bauer told Squires to move away from the trailer as he was afraid Squires might use one of the tools as a weapon.
    Squires proceeded to attack Bauer. He swept his leg, causing a spiral fracture to his tibia and fibula. He then began to choke Bauer from behind. Other officers on scene came to Bauer’s aid, and Squires was arrested.
    The fractures to Bauer’s leg were too severe for the placement of a rod, which would have greatly reduced his recovery time and the amount of permanent disability, and so a stainless steel plate and 12 screws were implanted.
    Bauer was off work for seven months. He was able to return to regular patrol duty with the Kansas Highway Patrol, but has since been promoted to a position with the KHP’s Breath Alcohol Unit.
    “I am extremely grateful for the actions of the McPherson County Sheriff and Inman Police officers whose actions saved my life,” Bauer said in an email to the Sentinel Tuesday. “As I was lying on the ground, with a shattered leg being choked from behind, I knew that those guys were going to save me. From what I understand, it took several officers to get Mr. Squires to stop choking me.”
    Squires was arrested in 2012 for a threat on another law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to probation on a charge of interference with a law enforcement officer in connection with that incident. As a result of the Monday’s sentencing, Squires’ probation was revoked. Squires will serve out the rest of his sentence on the 2012 case consecutively to the 2013 case.
    When officers completed the search of Squires’ home they found 26 firearms in the house. As a result, Squires was charged with criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Squires pleaded no contest to both the firearms and aggravated battery charge in April. Other charges were dismissed.
    He was sentenced to 16 months in prison on firearms charge to run concurrently with his 74 months sentence on the aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer charge.
    Page 2 of 2 - On Monday, Squires’ attorney argued for a departure on the sentence that would allow Squires to serve no prison time. His attorney also argued for a reduction of time on Squires’ sentence.
    A mental health professional testified Squires, a veteran of the national guard, had been treated for post traumatic stress disorder.
    Both Squires’ motions were denied.
    “I was pleased by the decision of the court to sentence Mr. Squires to prison time,” Bauer, who testified Monday at the sentencing, said. “It is my opinion that besides punishing him for his actions, the primary goal accomplished by his sentence is public safety. Anyone who would attack a state trooper, and attempt to kill him, while on probation for another offense of threatening a police officer with violence, is a threat to society.”
    Page said he also was pleased with the decision of the court.
    “I am thankful the court denied the motions and sentenced [Squires] to serve out his prison time,” he said. “We take it very seriously when someone attacks a police officer on duty. We want to send a clear message that we will not tolerate the attack of a law enforcement officer in McPherson County. You’re going to go to prison.”
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