Man Sentenced for Shootout with Police

February 11, 2011 Updated Feb 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 11, 2011 Updated Feb 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) One of two men involved in a police chase and shootout in West Seneca last summer was sentenced today. Jerome Brylski will spend the next twenty years in jail after opening fire on officers in April 2010. It happened after Brylski led officers on a car chase, then got out, and started firing at police.

Brylski plead guilty to attempted murder, and received 20 out of a possible 25 year maximum sentence. Officers and family members were in court for the sentencing, and said after that the punishment fit the crime.

West Seneca Police Chief Edward Engehen was also in court, and defended his officers. "I think our officers responded exactly how they were trained. They protected themselves, they protected their community, and I believe justice was served," he said.

Brylski's attorney disagreed, and said the sentence was far too long given his client's history of mental illness.

"Had he been thinking clearly he would not have taken a shot at a police officer and I don't think the court afforded that enough weight," Attorney John Jordan said.

The other suspect involved in the shooting last April was shot by police and is now paralyzed. Charges against that individual are still pending.

Brylski's attorney said they will appeal the sentence.