Thursday, September 27, 2007

Vietnam Vet gets over seven years for suicide by cop attempt

Man sentenced to 7 1/2 years for pulling gun on police officer

Fifteen Newberry Township police officers and their chief sat unmoved in York County Courtroom No. 11 Wednesday morning, listening to an Etters-area man explain why he pulled a gun on township Sgt. Andrew Knaub and threatened to kill him during a DUI traffic stop.

A mental-health counselor told the judge that David Alan Martin -- a Marine who served in Vietnam -- suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol problems.

Martin, 54, of Pines Road in Newberry Township, said he never intended to shoot Knaub, but wanted Knaub to shoot him. In August, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and driving under the influence.

Then, police had their say. Newberry Lt. John Snyder explained to Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Brillhart what an officer goes through, looking down the barrel of a gun and hearing he's going to be killed.
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