A Philadelphia man has been found guilty of shooting and wounding an Abington police officer in December of 2008. 33-year-old Leon Bailado was convicted Wednesday night of aggravated assault and other offenses, including assault of a law enforcement officer in the first degree under a new law that took effect just days before his arrest. It was the first conviction in the state under the new law, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. Bailado fired a shot as 39-year-old Officer Robert Davis responded to a report of a man with a gun in the back yard of a home in the Baederwood section of the township. It hit Davis in the leg, and he and Officer Shawn Nesbitt returned fire, wounding Bailado. The incident stemmed from a domestic dispute hours earlier in Philadelphia between Bailado and the mother of his two children. She fled to her parents’ home in Abington after he threatened to kill her. Davis has recovered from his wound and is back on the job, and Bailado has been given 20 to 40 years in state prison.
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