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Detroit Teen Gets 53 Years For Carjacking Officer

January 12, 2010  | 

A just sentenced a Detroit teenager to at least 53 years for carjacking an off-duty Windsor police officer last year, the Detroit Free Press reports.

David Laston was convicted last month of shooting officer Thomas Rettig outside a southwest Detroit auto parts store.

Laston fired through the driver's side window at Rettig; the bullet went through the officer's shoulder and just missed his heart. He remains on limited duty.

Rettig was unable to identify Laston, but he was caught because as he fled the scene, he slipped and regained his balance by putting his hand on the hood of a car. Investigators were able to track him down through the fingerprints and palm prints he left on the vehicle.

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