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Man gets 2 years for pointing gun at security guard

He was in involved in shoplifting incident at Safeway store

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
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A California man who pointed a gun at a Safeway store security officer following an alleged shoplifting incident in November was sentenced Wednesday to nearly two years in prison.

Lamar J. Bishop, 23, of Sacramento, Calif., pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. A firearms enhancement allowed for the longer-than-normal sentence.

Bishop and three other people drove to the Safeway store at 3707 Main St. on Nov. 6. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court, the incident began at about 9:05 p.m. when Markisha S. Issac, 25, and Aliesha S. Talley 23, both of Portland, entered the store and allegedly placed multiple bottles of alcohol in their purses. They then left the store without paying, the affidavit said.

The women fled to a nearby running vehicle occupied by Bishop and James L. Lewis, 28, also of Portland, court records said. When the store’s loss-prevention tried to stop them, Bishop, a convicted felon, pointed a gun at one of the officers and said, “Get … back, or I will shoot you,” the affidavit said.

The group then drove away, but witnesses provided a description of the vehicle for police.

Police located the silver Kia sport-utility vehicle driving south on Interstate 205 from state Highway 500 and stopped it. All of the occupants were detained, court records said, and police found a loaded revolver in Bishop’s pants pocket.

On Wednesday, Judge Daniel Stahnke agreed to follow the attorneys’ previously agreed-upon sentence of 21 months. Bishop was given credit for 124 days in custody.

The three other suspects have not yet been formally charged in the incident, Deputy Prosecutor Mike Vaughn, who’s assigned to the case, said in an interview. He said the prosecution held off on deciding whether to file charges until Bishop’s case was resolved.

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