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Mounds Police Officer Kyle Womack (second from right)

Mounds Police Office Lyle Womack (second from right) is recuperating from a gunshot wound he received July 8, 2015, when he went to a home on a call of a burglary. He is a K-9 officer, pictured here with dog Bravo.

A 17-year-old Mounds teen is being charged as an adult for allegedly shooting a Mounds Police officer this past July, Pulaski County State's Attorney Jim Flummer has reported.

The teen, Nigel L. Williams, was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and aggravated battery of a police officer with a firearm during a Pulaski County Criminal Court hearing on Dec. 31, 2015.

The attempted first-degree murder of a police officer is a Class X felony, which carries a possible sentence of 20 to 80 years imprisonment, and the aggravated battery of a police officer with a firearm is also a Class X felony, which carries a possible sentence of 15 to 60 years incarceration.

The complaint alleges that Williams fired a pistol at Mounds K-9 Police Officer Lyle Womack while Womack responded to a report of a home burglary at 902 Third St. in Mounds on July 8, 2015. The then-16-year-old reportedly fired a weapon at the officer, who also fired at the teen.

Womack, who was shot in one of his legs, has been on medical leave since the shooting, according to Mounds Mayor Rita Flummer. His rehabilitation could take several more months, she said.

“It’s just something that’s going to take some time,” Mayor Flummer said.

Investigators became aware of Williams as a suspect when he reportedly sought treatment for his wounds at an area hospital.

-- Stephanie Esters

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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