Norton man sentenced for assaulting girlfriend and shooting at police

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FALL RIVER, MASS. (WPRI) — A Norton man has learned his punishment for assaulting his girlfriend and shooting at a police tactical team in 2016.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced Heath Mullett, 46, was sentenced on Monday in Fall River Superior Court. 

As Eyewitness News previously reported, On November 17, 2016, Mullet was arrested and taken for a mental health evaluation after prompting a police standoff at a home. He lived in Norton with his girlfriend and their four month old daughter. 

On that day Mullet became agitated and began screaming at his girlfriend and infant daughter. He threw items and struck the woman.  Mullet then retrieved a firearm from inside of the house.

Norton Police say they were initially called to John Scott Boulevard, near the Taunton line late that night for reports of a domestic incident.

When officers arrived, the woman and infant daughter were able to flee the home, as Mullett barricaded himself inside with the weapon.

At one point, Mullett told police he had 500 rounds of ammunition, firing seven rounds at police. Officers did not return fire and no one was injured. After about two and a half hours of negotiation, Mullett finally surrendered about three hours later. 

Mullet is now facing a four to six year state prison sentence, followed by five years of supervised probation. The probation period includes no contact with the female victim or their child, a mental health and substance abuse evaluation, abstain from drugs with random testing, attend a Batterer’s Program, and DPA with exclusion zones.

This photo was taken the night of the incident. 

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