Eagle Point man who aimed gun at deputy gets 18 months

A wheelchair-bound Eagle Point man was sentenced today to a year and a half in prison after pleading guilty to the attempted assault of a sheriff’s deputy during a 2008 standoff with police.

Dan Waggoner, 43, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault, unlawful use of a firearm and interfering with a police officer.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ray White sentenced him to 18 months in prison, the maximum allowed under Oregon law.

People who use or threaten violence toward police create a danger to the officers, to themselves and to society, the judge said.

“There has to be accountability, there has to be responsibility and there has to be a deterrent,” said White.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Henderson shot Waggoner five times after he failed to drop his weapon and instead pointed a 38-caliber handgun at the officer during the standoff Feb. 24, 2008.

Hospitalized for months after the shooting, Waggoner had faced six charges, the most serious being the Measure 11 charge of attempted aggravated murder, which carried a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. Waggoner’s defense attorney, David Orf, and Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston negotiated a plea agreement with lesser charges.

Waggoner also was sentenced to an additional concurrent sentence of 90 days in prison on the firearm charge, plus three years post-prison supervision. He must not have contact with Henderson.

— Sanne Specht

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