A Miami man who opened fire on a Florida City police officer during a chase has been convicted in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Andrew Eckel, 25, faces mandatory minimum punishment of 10 years in prison at his sentencing in January.
According to trial evidence, Eckel was driving a white Kia after midnight on Nov. 16, 2015, when a police officer received a report that a vehicle matching that description needed assistance. As the patrol officer followed the Kia, Eckel sped off and leaned out of the diver's side window to fire a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver three times in his direction.
The officer radioed for additional assistance, leading to a high-speed chase involving several officers, prosecutors said.
Eckel fled his moving vehicle, ignored the officers' commands to stop and jumped over a wall into a trailer park community in Florida City, prosecutors said. Eckel left behind a stolen firearm with three spent shell casings, two live rounds, gloves and a ski mask.
He was found guilty on Thursday by a Miami federal jury of the firearm and ammunition offense.
The case was investigated by the Florida City Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.