Man who wounded officer in gunbattle takes plea deal

COLUMBUS — A 25-year-old man who shot a Columbus police officer during a gunbattle has taken a plea deal.

Jorge Robledo pleaded no contest to several charges Wednesday, including assault on an officer. Prosecutors dropped other charges in exchange, including attempted murder. His sentencing is set for Jan. 31.

His trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 7.

The gunbattle broke out June 7 when two officers arrived at a Columbus home to serve a warrant for Robledo’s arrest. One of them walked into the house and saw Robledo holding a handgun.

Shots rang out, and Robledo soon switched to a rifle.

He was hit several times, and he shot Sgt. Brad Wangler.

Police said the other officer was at the back of the house and wasn’t involved.

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