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Valdosta Police Chief speaks out about sentence handed down for cop shooter

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The man convicted of ambushing a Valdosta Police officer last year was sentenced to a decade behind bars.

 But police say that sentence was not enough.

"The last two or three years has been open season on law enforcement. You would think we would have a judge that would send a message, if you shoot a cop you're gonna pay the price," said Chief Brian Childress.

Stephen Beck faced 30 years behind bars and now he will only serve 10.
"You ambush a cop, this guy called 911 and made a bogus 911 call, the officer pulls up and greets him as nice as he possibly can and how do you know that? Because it's on video," said Childress.

19 body cameras captured the shooting scene in July of 2016.

Officer Randall Hancock responded to the 911 call about a vehicle break-in.

Investigators said Stephen Beck made that call. He admitted he was hoping to get shot by an officer.

Childress said now that  the sentencing is over the Hancock family can move on. But it's a day they will never forget. "The man is scarred for life and has a bullet lodged in him, it will never go away,"

Judge Altman had one message for Beck:
"Guns are meant to kill" and he wanted to make sure the Beck knew the consequences for that.

 "What does that tell every officer out here? Going call to call to call. That if you shoot an officer you get 10 years in prison? Really?" said Childress.

Beck appeared to be calm and silent during sentencing.

It was a very quick process and he was escorted back into the jail.

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