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Man Who Aimed Gun at Deputy in Encinitas Shooting Sentenced

Robert Parkin, 53, was armed with a .45 handgun when deputies tried to pull him over on Nov. 15, 2016

A man who aimed a handgun at San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy in Encinitas was sentenced to more than two decades in prison Thursday. 

Robert Parkin, 53, has been sentenced to 21 years and four months in prison.

On Nov. 15, 2016, Parkin was armed with a .45 handgun when deputies tried to pull him over, detectives with the Sheriff's Homicide Detail said.

Deputies believed Parkin matched the description of an armed robbery suspect when they spotted him riding a blue motorcycle near Birmingham and El Camino Real early that morning.

The motorcycle did not stop until it crashed at the corner of El Camino Court and El Camino Real in front of the Pacific Pines Apartments.

As Parkin ran toward the apartment complex, he pulled the handgun from his waistband and "began to point the gun" at deputies, officials said in a written news release.

Three deputies chased the suspect. One deputy fired and struck the suspect, SDSO Lt. Kenn Nelson said.

Even after Parkin suffered multiple gunshots to the lower portion of his body, he refused to follow commands and reached for his gun, officials said.

The deputy then fired his weapon again.

Parkin was struck six times including in both thighs, his scalp and his buttocks, deputies said. Twelve rounds were fired.

No deputies were injured in the pursuit or shooting.

Parkin will be eligible for parole.

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