Charges Filed Against Man Who Allegedly Shot At Officers
By Mike Perleberg
Michael A. Smith. Photo by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Charges including Attempted Murder and drug possession have been filed against an Aurora man who allegedly fired shots at two officers Friday afternoon.
“Formal charges will be filed this coming week against the individual,” said Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens.
On Monday, 32-year-old Michael A. Smith was formally charged with Attempted Murder (level 1 felony), Aggravated Battery (level 3 felony), Felon Carrying a Handgun with a Prior Felony Conviction With the Last 15 Years (level 5 felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (level 6 felony), Possession of Marijuana (class B misdemeanor), and Possession of Paraphernalia (class C misdemeanor).
Indiana State Police say a Dearborn County deputy and an Aurora Police officer were called to conduct a welfare check on a man at a home on Dutch Hollow Road last Friday, December 15. When they arrived, they learned Smith was wanted on a warrant.
Smith allegedly shot at the officers as they approached the home. Neither officer was injured.
A five-hour long standoff ensued. It came to an end Friday evening when a SWAT team entered the home and took Smith into custody.
Smith was hospitalized following the Friday standoff. He was released to police over the weekend. As of Tuesday, he is being held at the Hamilton County, Ohio Jail awaiting extradition to Indiana.
If he is convicted of the attempted murder charge alone, Smith could receive a sentence of 20 to 40 years.
Court records show Smith has a list of prior convictions in Dearborn County starting in 2008 when he was convicted of having an open container in his vehicle. In 2009, he was convicted of Possession of Marijuana. In 2010, he was convicted of Dealing in Marijuana. He was convicted for Operating a Vehicle and Habitual Traffic Violator in 2012. Then in 2015 he was convicted of Welfare Fraud, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.