Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Deputy
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A Paducah man was arrested Saturday evening for the attempted murder of a police officer after luring deputies to his home with a false 9-1-1 call.
According to police, 36-year-old Michael Flood of Paducah placed a 9-1-1 call Saturday evening requesting a deputy respond to his home. He said his wife had been drinking and was out of control.
Deputy Sheriff Jerry Jones arrived at the home a few minutes later and spoke with Flood's wife and their two children at the front door. Just as they stepped inside the home, a high-powered rifle was heard. Unable to tell the direction from which the shot came, the deputy covered the children and wife inside until backup units arrived.
After a search of the residence, officers were unable to find Flood. His wife and children were unaware that he had called 9-1-1, adding that nothing was going on which would require a call for law enforcement to their home.
A search revealed a rifle round had been shot into the home. The bullet round traveled through several rooms before being deflected by a toilet tank, then an interior wall. The track of the bullet took it near the area where the deputy and family members had been.
One of Flood's children said that shortly before the deputy came to the door, her father called her cellphone and told her to get her mother and little brother and go to the basement quickly, and to not ask any questions.
A K-9 search of the surrounding wooded area uncovered a stashed .270 caliber rifle with extra ammo and a 20 gauge shotgun with extra rounds. Cigarette butts apparently matching those smoked by Flood were recovered along the track. The search also uncovered several personal items allegedly belonging to Flood, including a ball cap.
Flood was later found coming out of the wooded area, and deputies say he had two .270 caliber bullets hidden in his pockets.
Police believe the domestic call made by Flood was a ruse, so deputies would respond. They believe evidence in the investigation indicates he was planning an ambush on law enforcement, and that Flood was hiding in a tree line about 90 feet from the home when the deputy arrived.
Flood has a history of violence toward police officers, and was convicted of felony assault on the late Deputy Chad Shaw in 2006.
Flood is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, three accounts of wanton endangerment 1st degree, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.