Indianapolis man faces federal charges after allegedly firing rifle at officers during weekend protest


Antonio Wooden

INDIANAPOLIS– Police say a man who allegedly pointed a rifle at residents and fired a shot at police officers during protests on May 30 in Indianapolis has been arrested.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says Antonio Wooden’s actions were captured in photos and videos that night.

The Indianapolis man was taken into custody Tuesday. Wooden was on active probation and had an arrest warrant out of Ohio from unrelated cases. He’s legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Wednesday evening, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced federal charges had been filed against Wooden. He faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a fugitive from justice and unlawful possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

“Freedom of speech and the right to protest are freedoms that all American have. Illegally possessing a firearm and firing at police are not.” said Minkler. “Mr. Wooden was not peaceably protesting, he was terrorizing and endangering the lives of those that were, including the police officers”

“IMPD investigators located a video which shows Wooden raising a rifle, pointing the rifle in the direction of IMPD officers in the area of N. Pennsylvania Ave. and Market St., and firing at least one round. Wooden then lowered the rifle and moved farther east towards the IMPD Officers on Market St. Before the video ended, more gun shots can be heard,” Minkler’s office said in a release.

IMPD says tips from the community helped them identify Wooden. A search warrant was served at his residence, and police say the rifle involved in the incident was recovered, along with a small amount of marijuana, sixty live .223 rounds and two rifle magazines.

Federal officials say they also located the goggles and face mask Wooden allegedly wore that night. Wooden faces up to ten years in jail, three years of supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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