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[ISP] Police Action Shooting Investigation in Petersburg
Start Date: 7/24/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/24/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Pike County – Monday night, July 23, at approximately 8:28 p.m., Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance at 1012 Trafzer Street in Petersburg.  Within two minutes, Petersburg Police Officer Chad Tharp arrived and started to approach the residence when Michael Woodland, 37, exited from the front door carrying a 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 Tharp. Tharp fired his service weapon striking Woodland.  He was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he is currently being treated for serious injuries. Officer Tharp was not injured.  There was a female and a child inside the residence when the shooting occurred.  Neither one of them were injured. The female and the child’s relationship with Woodland are not known at this time.

Officer Chad Tharp is a five-year veteran of the Petersburg City Police Department.

This is an on-going investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Investigating Agency: Indiana State Police
Assisting Agencies: Petersburg Police and Pike County Sheriff’s Department

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Todd Ringle
Phone: (812) 868-2153
Email: tringle@isp.in.gov
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