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Attempted murder charge filed

Friday, October 31, 2003

ROCKVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- A Rosedale man accused of firing a shotgun at Parke County Sheriff Charles Bollinger during a confrontation with police has been charged with attempted murder.

Keith A. Rice, 46, was arraigned Thursday on the charge, which is punishable by between 20 and 50 years in prison. He was being held on $200,000 bail at a state prison infirmary in Plainfield.

Rice's wife called police to the couple's mobile home about 15 miles northeast of Terre Haute on Sept. 13, reporting that her husband had a shotgun and had fired a round through the ceiling.

Police said Rice, who was intoxicated and standing in a wooded area near his home, pointed his shotgun at police three times before firing a .12-gauge shotgun at Bollinger from about 70 feet away.

Bollinger escaped injury, but Rice was injured when a conservation officer fired back, striking Rice in the stomach and left wrist. Police have said the shooting occurred after Rice had been ordered to put down his shotgun.

"It's unfortunate that it had to end up with him being injured," Bollinger said Thursday.

Rice had been hospitalized until Monday, when he was arrested upon his release.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, Rice was charged Thursday with criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm. He could face sentences of up to three years and $10,000 fines on each of those charges.

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