Man sentenced for charging at officer

A Louisa man was sentenced to 18 months in jail for charging at a sheriff's deputy while holding a gun and a knife.

Judge Timothy Sanner issued the sentence to Michael Rowe, 32, on Oct. 21 in Louisa Circuit Court. The total sentence is five years, with most of that time suspended.

Deputy Andre Rademeyer shot Rowe several times at Hillcrest Cemetery on April 6 after Rowe ran toward him. The altercation followed a brief conversation during which Rowe asked the deputy to shoot him, according to prosecutors.

Rowe pleaded guilty on Aug. 7 to one count of assaulting a police officer.

After his arrest, prosecutors cited Rowe's mental health and prior convictions of assault and battery on family members as reasons to deny him bond while the court case was pending.

When Rademeyer responded to the cemetery, he turned off his lights and siren so that he wouldn’t agitate Rowe further, according to Brittany Hinton, assistant commonwealth's attorney. Hinton said that Rowe told the deputy that he’d lost custody of his four children and “wanted to die.”