Louisville Corrections Officer Shot in Clarksville Accused of Falsifying Burglary Report


A Louisville Metro Corrections officer who was shot last weekend turned himself in after Clarksville Police issued an arrest warrant for him Friday.

Michael Thomas Wilburn, 30, is accused of falsifying a police report about a burglary that took place the night before his shooting. Falsifying a police report in Indiana is a criminal misdemeanor.

Police said earlier in the week they were looking into connections between the burglary and the shooting. In a news conference Friday, Clarksville Police Maj. Scott Merchant said that officers had uncovered “several mistruths” in Wilburn’s description of the incident.

One item initially reported as stolen, a handgun belonging to his wife, was later recovered, Merchant said. Police say Wilburn pawned the handgun on June 14.

“His credibility has gone down a little bit for us, due to him falsifying (the) report,” Merchant said. “That makes it hard for us. … We’re going to have to prove him right, now, before we do anything on the case.”

Wilburn was shot in the shoulder after a break-in at his home in the 100 block of East Carter Avenue before 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer told the Courier-Journal Sunday that Wilburn had given officers a description of a suspect, along with a name. That suspect, who Merchant named Friday as Andres Sauers, was cleared after his alibi checked out.

The shooting investigation is ongoing and Merchant said there are no suspects.

Wilburn has been a Louisville Metro Corrections officer since 2014, according to the city’s salary database. His 2017 salary is $38,230.40.

He has been on medical leave since the shooting, Metro Corrections spokesman Steve Durham wrote in an email.

“Metro Corrections will take established internal administrative steps regarding the Metro Corrections officer’s employment,” he wrote.

Wilburn turned himself into the Clark County Jail around 4:40 p.m., Merchant said, after an attempt by police to serve the warrant Friday afternoon found no one home.

Merchant said it’s “always hard” to investigate cases involving fellow officers.

“It makes all of us look bad when you start poking holes into his story. It ends up hurting the profession, unfortunately,” he said. “All he had to do was tell us the truth about stuff.”

Source: courier-journal.com

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