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Shooter Who Targeted Police Gets Shocking Tattoo (Photo)

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The man who shot up a Pennsylvania parking lot in 2015 has revealed a new tattoo that has shocked law enforcement officials.

"We learned that he received a tattoo with five tombstones with the names of his victims that survived his attack, with a skeleton skull over the tombstones," said prosecutor Jarrett Ferentino, according to WNEP. 

The shooter, Scott Sargent, was sentenced to 179 to 358 years in prison on Dec. 12 for firing shots at police in the Wilkes-Barre Township's Walmart parking lot.

He testified that he thought two people followed him into the lot, leading him to fire warning shots. He then continued to fire when bullets hit his vehicle, saying he didn't realize it was the police.

His defense maintained that he didn't "intend to injure police" and that Sargent opened fire because he thought his life was in danger.

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Prosecutors presented a different version of events, saying Sargent "fired a series of shots against police before they returned fire."

No one was injured in the shooting.

The prosecution says that Sargent's tattoo is only more proof of his guilt.

"I thought the tattoo was deplorable," said Ferentino. "I think it's disrespectful but it speaks volumes of who he is and what his intentions were that day."

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"When I first heard about the tattoo, I didn't know if it was a joke or not, but obviously, as it turns out, it's very real," said Wilkes-Barre Police Officer Alan Gribble. "It just shows exactly what kind of person he is and he has absolutely no remorse for what he did that day."

Officer Brian Bouton, whose vehicle was hit by Sargent's AR-15, agreed, saying the tattoo was a reminder of a "failed mission." 

"The rest of his life he has to look at our names on his arm and remind him that he's incarcerated and doesn't have the freedom and that he failed his mission," he said.

Bouton's 11-year-old son, Conor, nearly lost his father that day. He testified in court, sending a firm and clear message to Sargent.

"When he's in jail, he's going to remember that those people are still alive today and he's just going to remember it for the rest of his life," he said.

Sargent had no comment on the tattoo's meaning.

Sources: WNEP (2) / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: WNEP, WHTM via WKBN

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