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Clymer: No deal in gunfire case

BY ANDREA MOOREamoore@paducahsun.com

McCracken Circuit Judge Craig Clymer rejected a plea deal Wednesday at the sentencing of a Paducah man charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

According to Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Raymond McGee, Michael Flood II, 36, entered a guilty plea June 2 for five years on four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and to five years on one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The sentences would run consecutively for a total of 10 years, and an attempted murder charge would be dismissed.

On Wednesday, Clymer told Flood's attorney, Gorman "Butch" Bradley, that part of the reason he was rejecting the plea agreement was because of Flood's record of violence, which included an assault on a police officer and the premeditation involved in the case.  Clymer added that if he were to accept the agreement and Flood committed another violent offense, people would wonder why he accepted the plea agreement.  

"Somebody is going to wonder why nothing was done," Clymer said.  "That is why I am rejecting this plea agreement."

On March 1, Flood placed a 911 call requesting a police officer come to his Jewell Lane home, alleging that his wife was drinking and out of control, according to officers.

McCracken Deputy Sheriff Jerry Jones arrived and was speaking with Flood's wife and two children when he heard a rifle shot.

Paducah Police Officer Nathan Antonities and his police dog later found Flood with two .270 caliber bullets on him outside near his home. Police also located a 20 gauge shotgun and a .270 caliber rifle with additional ammunition near the same area.

Flood's family was unaware that Flood had called 911 and said the call to law enforcement was unnecessary. A 12-year-old told officers that several minutes before Jones arrived, Flood called his daughter's cell phone and told her to get the family down to the basement and not to ask any questions, police said.

The track of the bullet was close to the deputy and Flood's family members, according to the sheriff's office.

Clymer set the next hearing for Sept. 8, to determine if a different plea agreement has been reached or if a trial is needed.

Flood's bond is $100,000.

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