A Stamford man charged in December in the attempted murder of a city police officer has been indicted by a grand jury on federal drug and weapons offenses, U.S. Attorney David B. Fein announced Friday in a statement.

The federal charges against Ephraim Goitom, 27, of Lockwood Avenue, include possession with intent to distribute PCP; possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon; maintaining a drug-involved premises; and two counts of using a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking offense.

Goitom was arrested by Stamford police Dec. 9 and charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Stamford Police Officer Richard Gasparino, as well as other offenses. Gasparino was shot in the face during a drug investigation. He underwent surgery at Stamford Hospital and was released.

Convictions on the federal charges would carry a maximum prison term of 30 years on the charge of PCP distribution and a maximum term of 20 years on the drug-involved premises charge. The Stamford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.

Fein is prosecuting the case with Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Dayton.

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