Plea deal offered to Connecticut man accused of trying to shoot officer

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors have offered a plea deal to a Connecticut man accused of trying to shoot and kill an undercover police officer.

Lawrence Moore, 31, of Bridgeport, is facing several charges, including attempted murder of Officer Bryan Cooper, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics. He could be sentenced to more than 40 years in prison if convicted of all the charges.

At a hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors told a judge that Moore had been offered a 20-year prison sentence without parole or probation as part of a plea deal, the Stamford Advocate reported. Moore’s public defender Howard Ehring did not make any effort to take the deal.

Police said Moore drove to a residential complex for a drug deal on July 9. Moore and his passenger didn’t realize that the people who set up the deal were undercover narcotics officers. After the officers pulled into the parking lot, they parked and rushed Moore’s car.

Moore then shot at the officers through the driver’s side window, authorities said. Cooper was a few feet away from Moore but was able to find cover.

Police say body camera footage shows that Moore knew the officers were members of law enforcement before he started shooting.

Stamford officers did not shoot back at Moore during the incident, police said.

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