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Probation ordered after police standoff

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 12:29 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:16 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A man who authorities said pointed a gun at McHenry County Sheriff's deputies and then was shot at by police, avoided jail time under an agreement with prosecutors.

Felony charges against 50-year-old Edward P. Bolen were reduced Monday to misdemeanor resisting a peace officer, to which he pleaded guilty. The negotiated plea was accepted by McHenry County Judge Gordon Graham.

Sheriff's deputies on Sept. 29, 2012, were serving Bolen with an arrest warrant for domestic battery. The incident escalated and police said Bolen eventually pointed a gun in their direction, authorities have said.

Former deputy Zane Seipler, who later was fired from the Sheriff's Office for unrelated reasons and most recently ran a failed campaign for a county board seat, fired shots at Bolen who then barricaded himself in the home.

There were no injuries to deputies or to Bolen.

As part of the plea agreement, Bolen was sentenced to a year of probation, ordered to continue with his psychiatric treatment and pay a fine of $500. Any weapons seized in connection with his arrest will be destroyed.

Seipler was part of an officer-involved shooting in 2006, when he shot David K. Maxson of Wonder Lake twice with a beanbag gun. Although the pellet-filled bags typically are not lethal, Maxson died four days later.

The state police investigation into that incident determined Seipler acted appropriately.

Maxson's estate recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit in McHenry County court after similar legal action was dismissed in federal court.

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