Rare weekend guilty plea in 2015 shootout with cops

CHARLEVOIX, MICH. - In a rare Sunday court session, a northern Michigan man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder and other crimes related to a shootout with police.

James Cook's guilty plea occurred a day before trial was set to start in Charlevoix County. The Boyne City man shot and injured sheriff's Cpl. Fred Hasty during the confrontation in May 2015.

The 54-year-old Cook was armed with three stolen guns. The shootout occurred when police approached him as part of a stolen vehicle investigation. Prosecutor Allen Telgenhof says officers "showed incredible restraint" at the scene, returning fire only in short bursts.

Cook will be sentenced on Dec. 2. Hasty survived his injuries and returned to work at the sheriff's office. He attended the court hearing Sunday.

Cook also was injured in the shootout.

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