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ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A man from Ferguson who shot at an off-duty police officer after being ejected from a bar was sentenced Tuesday to six and a half years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

On Aug. 23, 2017, Rudolph K. Clarett, 40, fired shots with a 9mm handgun at the officer, who was working security at the St. Louis County bar that had just thrown out Clarett, prosecutors said. The officer was not injured.

Clarett was also caught with a 9mm handgun on Feb. 17, 2018, by a St. Louis County police officer who discovered that the car Clarett was driving was stolen, they said.

Clarett pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis in February to two counts of possessing a firearm while a convicted felon. 

Robert Patrick is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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