A Paducah man faces a charge of attempted murder of a police officer along with several other charges following an incident Saturday, according to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department.
Police said a 911 call was placed by Michael Flood II, 36, of Paducah at 6:50 p.m. requesting an officer to 4825 Jewell Lane because his wife was drinking and was out of control. McCracken County Deputy Sheriff Jerry Jones arrived at the residence and was speaking to Flood's wife and two children, ages 10 and 12, when he heard a high powered rifle shot.
Family members were unaware that Flood had called 911 and said the call to law enforcement was unnecessary. The 12-year old told officers that several minutes before Jones arrived, Flood called his daughter's mobile telephone and told her to get herself, mother and brother down to the basement and not to ask any questions, police said.
The home was searched but officers couldn't locate Flood. Police found the location of a rifle round shot into the home, through a bathroom door, into a closet, through a wall and into a bathroom where, the bullet was deflected on a toilet tank and then into another interior wall. The track of the bullet was in close proximity to the deputy and Flood's family members, according to the news release from the sheriff's department.
Police said the area of the shot was searched by Paducah police officer Nathan Antonities and his K-9 partner. Police recovered a 20-gauge shotgun and a .270 caliber rifle, both with extra rounds of ammunition as well as a baseball cap, other personal items and cigarette butts that matched those smoked by Flood. He was taken into custody outside the wooded area with two additional .270 caliber bullets on his person.
The domestic call made by Flood was a ruse to get deputies to respond so Flood could carry out an ambush on law enforcement, police said. He was hiding in a tree line about 90 feet from the home when Jones arrived. Flood faces charges of attempted murder of a police officer, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was taken to the McCracken County Jail, according to the sheriff's department.
In 2006, Flood was charged and convicted of felony assault on a police officer, the late Deputy Chad Shaw. He also has multiple convictions for contempt of court, driving under the influence, resisting arrest and a recent felony conviction for theft by failure to make required disposition of property.
The scene was cleared by 4 a.m. Sunday and officers advise residents of Jewell Lane that the area is safe.