(a) Assault of a law enforcement officer in the first degree.--A person commits a felony of the first degree who attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, while in the performance of duty and with knowledge that the victim is a law enforcement officer, by discharging a firearm.
(b) Penalties.--Notwithstanding section 1103(1) (relating to sentence of imprisonment for felony), a person convicted under subsection (a) shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment fixed by the court at not more than 40 years.
(c) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
“Law enforcement officer.” The term shall have the same meaning as the term “peace officer” is given under section 501 (relating to definitions).
“Firearm.” As defined under 42 Pa.C.S. § 9712(e) (relating to sentences for offenses committed with firearms).
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