A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty Tuesday to pointing a gun at a police officer and fleeing from police.
Deon Cameron Watkins, 23, was expected to be sentenced to more than seven years in prison after his plea, which came as a jury was being selected in his first-degree assault case, according to the Hennepin County attorney's office.
According to a criminal complaint, early on Nov. 30, police were conducting surveillance in Minneapolis near 6th Street and 23rd Avenue N., which had a rash of burglaries, when they noticed a man later identified as Watkins pulling on front door handles at two homes. He ran from police and at one point turned and pointed a handgun at a pursuing officer before he was arrested, the complaint said.
On July 5, while out on bail, Watkins pulled up with another man to a car where an undercover officer was sitting. Watkins' accomplice allegedly pointed a gun at the officer, and when the officer pulled his weapon, Watkins sped off, the complaint said. They were chased and captured by police.
Watkins is expected to be sentenced Oct. 17. His alleged accomplice in the July incident, Germaine Swingler, is scheduled for a pretrial conference Thursday.