July 30, 2019
Released by Hali Rowland
MANHATTAN, KAN. – The man convicted in the shooting of a Riley County Police Department Officer was sentenced to 50 months in prison yesterday.
Mark Harrison, 38, of Manhattan was found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter last month. He was previously convicted of criminal damage to property in the same June 2018 case that started as a domestic dispute but turned into a standoff with an armed barricaded subject. Prosecutors say Harrison fired 33 shots during the 3-hour standoff. Sergeant Pat Tiede was hit by one of the bullets, but later recovered in the hospital.
“It is a serious matter whenever an officer is attacked and injured in the line of duty. Sergeant Pat Tiede was ambushed and shot in the line of duty while trying to assist a family in crisis. I ask our citizens to pause and remember that police officers are here to serve you, to protect you, and to hold others who prey on you accountable for their actions,” Riley County Police Department Director Dennis Butler said. “An attack on a police officer is an attack on you and your community. This should never be taken lightly--even when the officer survives and returns to duty. I am thankful that Sergeant Tiede’s family remains intact and that he has chosen to resume his service to the citizens of Riley County. Your continued support will ensure that Riley County remains a safe place to go to school, work and call home.
We ask that you please respect the Tiede family’s privacy at this time. The Tiede’s are moving forward with life, focusing on the future, but thank those who supported them during this process.