Topeka A Clay Center man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the shooting and wounding of an airplane pilot, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Friday.
Michael J. Michaud, 29, has been held in the Clay County jail on state charges since he was arrested after pilot Michael W. Spicer was wounded in the forehead April 29.
Prosecutors said Michaud fled from officers near Clay Center after they tried to pull over his pickup truck. When he escaped from officers on the ground, Spicer and a friend were asked to take a plane up to help with the search.
When Spicer spotted Michaud lying in a field, Michaud fired a handgun several times in the air, wounding Spicer.
The federal indictment charges Michaud with one count of committing an act of violence against a pilot and damaging an aircraft; one count of using a firearm to commit a crime of violence; one count of illegally possessing firearms following a felony conviction; one count of knowingly possessing a stolen firearm; one count of illegally possessing sawed-off shotguns; and one count of illegally possessing ammunition after a felony conviction.