Man charged in 12-year-old’s shooting out of jail after posting bond

Michael Bishop (source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections)
Michael Bishop (source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections)
Jacob Eberle (source: family photo)
Jacob Eberle (source: family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man accused of firing a shotgun blast that sent a 12-year-old boy to the hospital earlier this month is out of jail once again. Michael Bishop only spent 3 hours at Metro Corrections on Monday.

Bishop was taken into custody on Monday after appearing before a judge to face new charges. Those charges are assault, wanton endangerment, and tampering with physical evidence. The judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

What brought Bishop to court stems from an incident two weeks ago. Witnesses say a group of kids, including 12-year-old Jacob Eberle, were ringing doorbells and running away as part of a game called "Ding-Dong-Ditch" around 10 p.m. in the Glenmary neighborhood on June 13 when Bishop, 56, fired a shotgun loaded with birdshot in the direction of the kids.

Eberle was struck in the back and shoulder, and spent several days in ICU. He has since been released and continues recovering at home.

"Physically he's recovering still not 100 percent or close to it," said Eberle's uncle and attorney Bart McMahon. "He's having some numbness issues in his right arm and pain where the pellets entered his elbow."

Bishop was initially charged with attempted murder but, last week a grand jury indicted him on the three lesser charges. He has been free on $10,000 bond, but a judge decided to raise it to $50,000 full cash during Monday's hearing. He was immediately taken back into custody.

Officials at Metro Corrections say Bishop was booked in around 2:15 p.m. and WAVE 3 was the only camera there as he posted his bond and was out of jail by 5:15 p.m.

Bishop's next court date was set for Aug. 15.

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