A felon was sentenced today to nearly 50 years behind bars for shooting an acquaintance during an argument in Reseda and then opening fire on two Los Angeles police officers who responded, including one who was wounded.
Superior Court Judge Leslie Dunn ordered Cliff A. Gershowitz, 50, to serve 49 years and four months in state prison as a result of his April 23 plea to one count of attempted murder involving the acquaintance and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
Gershowitz shot a male acquaintance during an argument Feb. 10 in the 7100 block of Yolanda Avenue, then opened fire on officers as he tried to flee with a pit bull, authorities said. One officer was struck in the arm, treated at a hospital and released. The other officer was not injured.
Police said earlier this year that the officers did not fire any shots at Gershowitz, who has a prior conviction from 2005 for assault on a peace officer.
--City News Service