Man Guilty of Assaulting Louisa Deputy in Shooting at Louisa Cemetery
Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Press Release:
Louisa – Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire announced that Michael T. Rowe, 32, of Louisa was convicted of Felony Assault of a Police Officer for his actions on April 6, 2019.
On April 6, 2019, Rowe walked to a cemetery where at least one family member is interred. He carried weapons and called 911 asking for an officer to respond. When the Louisa Deputy responded, Rowe told him how he was upset about his court problems involving family members. The Deputy used his Crisis Intervention Team Training to try calm Rowe down and asked him drop his knife. As the discussion unfolded over several minutes Rowe mentioned he possessed a gun and the Deputy needed to shoot him. The Deputy said that was not going to happen, but Rowe pulled out a handgun and charged the Deputy with the knife in one hand and the handgun in the other. The Deputy had no choice but to discharge his weapon at Rowe. Deputies and EMTs treated Rowe and he survived his injuries.
On speaking on Rowe’s conviction McGuire said: “It is sad some people facing mental health problems choose to use police as their weapon of choice. They are so consumed with trauma they don’t think of the psychological impact thrust on officers and their families. I have seen the emotional scars on officers and it is simply too much. We hope those facing mental health issues or their family members will reach out for professional help instead of grabbing a weapon and calling law enforcement.”
Edwin Consolvo, who assisted McGuire with the prosecution, thanked The Virginia State Police for their thorough and professional investigation of this case. Rowe apologized to the officer after the shooting. Rowe is scheduled to be sentenced on October 21, 2019, and faces up to five years in prison.