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Arraignment for man charged in trooper shooting

SOUTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - The man accused of shooting a Washington State Patrol trooper in the head at Long Beach could face life in prison if convicted.

Pacific County Prosecutor David Burke said Martin Jones was arraigned Friday in South Bend on charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault. Jones entered not guilty pleas and his bail was continued at $5 million.

He's accused of shooting Trooper Scott Johnson early Saturday as the trooper was impounding a van that had been driven by Jones' wife. She was accused of drunken driving.

Jones also is accused of shooting at a tow truck driver.

Johnson survived and still has bullet fragments in his head. He has sued Jones for $3 million.

The prosecutor is alleging aggravating circumstances in the attempted murder charge. Should Jones be convicted that could lead to an exceptional sentence of life in prison.

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