Drug dealer who shot at police is convicted by a jury

A Kansas City man with 10 previous felony convictions was found guilty by a federal jury on Wednesday after a foot chase in 2012 in which he fired shots at police.

Antonio M. Taylor, 30, was convicted of drug trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm.

Taylor fired a semi-automatic handgun at a pursuing officer at least four times on July 2, 2012. The officer fired back, hitting Taylor several times. The officer was not hit. During the chase, Taylor dropped nearly 33 grams of crack cocaine.

Taylor had been arrested in March that year on gun and drug charges. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, in June he crashed his car into a wall and fled on foot from police, who found a gun and drugs in his vehicle.

Taylor had been convicted in 2006 for assault and discharging a firearm.

He now faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 60 years in federal prison and could be sentenced to life.