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Fresno man sentenced in shooting outside Loomis sheriff’s substation

A Fresno man involved in a shooting with deputies in a Loomis sheriff’s substation parking lot last year has been sentenced to 27 years and nine months in state prison.

Rodney Jay Hance, 51, pleaded no contest in May to one count of assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic firearm, two counts of resisting an executive officer and one count of transporting methamphetamine for sale, according to a Placer County District Attorney’s Office news release. He also admitted to personally using the firearm, that he had a prior strike under California’s three strikes law and a prior conviction for transportation or possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Hance was sentenced Thursday in Placer County Superior Court.

The charges stem from a Jan. 18, 2016, confrontation with Placer County sheriff’s deputies that began in the parking lot of the Loomis Raley’s store on Horseshoe Bar Road.

Deputies had received a report of a man brandishing a gun in the parking lot. When a deputy attempted to contact Hance after he crossed Horseshoe Bar Road, Hance drew a loaded, semi-automatic, 9-millimeter handgun from his rear waistband, turned toward the deputy, raised the gun and pointed it at the deputy, the news release said.

Before Hance fired the weapon, the deputy fired at Hance, who fled through a residential neighborhood and eventually into the parking lot of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office’s Loomis substation. There he took cover behind parked vehicles and pointed the gun at several pursuing deputies. The deputies fired at Hance, who was struck several times by gunfire.

It was later determined that after the initial confrontation in which Hance drew his gun, he inadvertently released the magazine from the weapon as he fled. As a result, the gun Hance pointed at deputies in the sheriff’s substation parking lot was not loaded, the news release said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy