Man who shot at cops sentenced to state hospital

2013-09-18T01:30:00Z 2013-09-19T08:13:49Z Man who shot at cops sentenced to state hospitalArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson man who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of aggravated assault was sentenced to 10 ½ years in the Arizona State Hospital on Wednesday.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Deborah Bernini sentenced Rodney Bruce Woodville on three counts of aggravated assault following his plea of guilty except insane.

Woodville was accused of shooting at Pima County Sheriff’s Deputies in May 2012 when they responded to his home on the 5600 block of West Louisiana Street after neighbors reported hearing a loud argument. When deputies arrived, they realized Woodville was alone.

He then fired a weapon at the deputies and hid inside the house. Woodville later set off a homemade explosive devise before deputies arrested him.

At the sentencing, Woodville said his strange behavior was the result of an untreated snakebite and exposure to radon gas.

He also said the radon exposure had caused previous residents of the house to become ill.

Woodville’s attorney, Kevin Burke, noted his client was experiencing many “psychological difficulties” at the time of the incident.

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