(WTOL) - Ottawa Hills police officer Thomas White testified for about two hours in his felonious assault trial Thursday.
In that testimony, White said he felt terrible about the shooting and still feels terrible about the shooting. However, he said the shooting was justified because he felt his life and the life of a second officer were in danger.
White was working a four-hour shift on May 23 of last year when he got behind Mike McCloskey and another motorcyclist on Indian Road in Ottawa Hills.
White testified he saw the two crossing the center line, speeding, weaving and not coming to a complete stop. The officer said he then put on his vehicle lights and testified it looked like McCloskey tried to flee before making a sudden stop.
Additionally, the officer said he did not feel threatened while inside his patrol car, but once he got out, he said he could no longer see McCloskey's hands. White testified McCloskey did not obey commands and that he saw McCloskey reach for something near his waist. That's when he shot the motorcyclist in the back.
Lastly, White testified he did tell another officer at the scene that he hoped he didn't screw up and that he feared jail time.
If found guilty of felonious assault, White can receive a sentence of up to 11 years in prison.