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Man convicted in Gaslamp shooting involving off-duty deputy sentenced

Posted: 7:12 PM, Nov 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-28 03:12:06Z
Deputy testifies in Gaslamp shooting

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The man convicted of multiple charges in connection with a Gaslamp District shooting after a Metallica concert last summer has been sentenced.

Ray Pitoau, 37, was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for three firearm charges, including felon in possession of a gun, stemming from the shooting involving an off-duty deputy on Aug. 7, 2017. Pitoau was convicted of the three charges but jurors have not been able to reach a verdict on assault charges related to the shooting.

A third retrial was allowed by the judge Tuesday, which if found guilty, could add more time to Pitoau's prison sentence.

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Pitoau was charged in the shooting near Petco Park after investigators say he got into an argument with off-duty Sheriff's deputy Jason Philpot and several other companions — including two off-duty Escondido police officers.

Shots were fired during the altercation and Philpot was shot three times. A person walking by the incident was also struck by gunfire.

Pitoau fled to Mexico following the shooting and was later arrested and handed over to U.S. Marshals.