Woodland sentenced in shooting
PETERSBURG – Michael Woodland, 37, of Petersburg, was sentenced Wednesday 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 an incident that involved a police action shooting July 23, 2012, in Petersburg. Moments before the shooting, a 911 call was received regarding a domestic disturbance at 1012 Trafzer St. Within minutes, Petersburg Police Officer Chad Tharp arrived.
As he started to approach the residence, Woodland exited from the front door carrying a semi-automatic rifle. 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 Woodland.
Woodland was later released from Deaconess Hospital and jailed for a parole violation. Corporal Tharp was not injured during this incident. After reviewing the Indiana State Police investigation, Pike County Prosecutor Darrin McDonald filed a criminal charge against Woodland for possessing a firearm while being a serious violent felon. Woodland pleaded guilty and accepted a plea agreement. Due to time already served, he will serve 14 years and 69 days.