INDIANAPOLIS - A man who shot an Indianapolis police officer and then carjacked a couple at gunpoint has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Eugenio Gonzalez, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and carjacking in the August 2011 shooting.
Officer Dustin Carmack was sitting in his squad car, writing a report after an arrest at a liquor store near Michigan Street and Tibbs Avenue, when Gonzalez drove by and opened fire.
Carmack was shot in the hip. He has since made a full recovery and returned to duty.
"This could have easily been three or four officers struck and three or four civilians struck by the same hail of gunfire. We were lucky Dustin was lucky," said Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Bill Owensby.
After the shooting, Gonzalez, carjacked a couple at gunpoint. He was arrested several days later.
After Gonzalez has served his time in prison, he will be deported back to his native Mexico. If he is found to have re-entered the United States, he will serve six more years in prison.
Deputy Prosecutor Mark Busby said Gonzalez was a small player in a bigger gang.
"That's the problem with these gangs. The guys at the top get away, while the guys we catch are sometimes small players," he said. "That's frustrating because the code of silence prevents us from doing our job."
Carmack, along with 30 of his fellow officers, appeared at Gonzalez's sentencing Wednesday, but Carmack did not address the court.
"This is something that Dustin will likely never ever forget. It is something that the other officers will never ever forget," Owensby said. "Dustin comes from a law enforcement family. His family will never forget this has long-reaching effects."