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Easley man sentenced for 2012 attempted murder of officer

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Trenton Black (Pickens Co. Sheriff's Office) Trenton Black (Pickens Co. Sheriff's Office)
The M Mart on Liberty Highway where the struggle and shooting took place. (Sept. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina) The M Mart on Liberty Highway where the struggle and shooting took place. (Sept. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Easley man was sentenced to three decades in prison on Thursday for the attempted murder of a police officer at a gas station in 2012.

Thirteen Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said 30-year-old Trenton Black pleaded guilty to the charges of attempted murder, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest with assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, receiving stolen goods and unlawfully carrying a firearm.

On Sept. 10, 2012, Master Deputy Scott Ticknor with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office saw Black pull up to a gas station on a stolen motorcycle, according to an incident report from the time of the incident.

Black tried to flee when the deputy went to arrest him, but the deputy blocked him, according to Wilkins. Black then struck the deputy with a motorcycle helmet.

The report said Ticknor was able to get the key out of the ignition, and tried to shove Black and the bike into the gas pump when Black yelled at him, "Get off me, Tick."

While fighting, Black hit the deputy with his helmet, a gas hose and bit him, according to Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan. Both men punched each other, with Ticknor ending up on the ground and Black was able to pull out a gun, Morgan said.

Black held the gun at the deputy's head, who was able to push the gun away as Black fired a shot at him, flying by his ear, then they continued to struggle for control of the gun, according to Morgan. Ticknor said Black fired a second shot, but missed him.

In the report, the deputy noted that Black appeared to have "superhuman strength."

Two witnesses were able to assist the deputy during the struggle. Ticknor was able to get the gun out of Black's hands and throw it away, allowing one man to put it in his pocket, the report said.

Then a fuel truck driver ran up to ask what he could do, the deputy yelled "choke him," which he did, allowing Black to lose energy and the deputy was able to handcuff him, according to the report.

Black was finally taken into custody and arrested. Morgan said Ticknor's hearing was damaged in the shooting, in addition to suffering minor injuries.

On May 22, Black was sentenced by Judge Edward Miller to 30 years in prison.

Black will not be eligible for parole until he has served 85-percent of his sentence.

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