Man sentenced 15 years for pointing gun at cop | News
PIKE CO, IN (WFIE)- A Pike County man stood before a judge earlier this week.
Michael Woodland, 37, of Petersburg, was sentenced to 15 years in the Indiana
Department of Correction for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious
Violent Felon, a Class B Felony.
The criminal charges stem from the police action shooting that occurred Monday
night, July 23, 2012, in Petersburg.
Moments before the shooting, a 911 call
was received regarding a domestic disturbance at 1012 Trafzer Street.
minutes, Petersburg Police Officer Chad Tharp arrived and started to approach
the residence when Woodland exited from the front door carrying a
Officer Tharp ordered Woodland to drop his weapon, which
he had pointed toward the ground.
Woodland failed to comply and started to
raise the rifle toward the officer.
Tharp fired his service weapon striking
He was later released from Deaconess Hospital and was jailed for a
Corporal Tharp was not injured during this incident.
After reviewing the Indiana State Police investigation, Pike County Prosecutor
Darrin McDonald filed a criminal charge of possessing a firearm while being a
serious violent felon against Woodland.
Woodland pled guilty and accepted a