The gunman who shot Philadelphia police bicycle Officer Daniel “Danny” Kostick will be spending the next 35 to 70 years behind bars.
William Nobblen, 37, learned his fate Monday in the shooting where he said "I don't want to have to do this" before opening fire, police said.
Nobblen shot Kostick after Kostick and his partner approached Nobblen during a drug investigation in West Philadelphia in April 2015.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, a deputy at the time of the shooting, explained what happened: "They're having a brief discussion... the male turns to him and says, 'I don't want to have to do this' and then he fires at Officer Kostick. Kostick returns fire, striking the male."
Kostick was released from the hospital the following day.
In April, a jury found Nobblen guilty of aggravated assault, assaulting a police officer and weapons charges but not guilty of attempted murder, the district attorney's office said.