Court documents show man who shot 12-year-old gave conflicting statements to police

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – In discovery documents filed with the court Wednesday, we are finally hearing from Michael Bishop, the Louisville man who police say shot 12-year-old Jacob Eberle in the back in the Glenmary neighborhood.

Prosecutors say on June 13, Jacob was shot by Bishop after Jacob and some other kids were playing "Ding Dong Ditch," a game where kids ring door bells and run away.

According to prosecutors, when Bishop was interviewed by police, he stated he had a couple of beers earlier that night and he was asleep at the time of the shooting. But in the discovery items filed, we hear from Bishop himself who says he was scared because there had been smashing windows in the neighborhood. Bishop also said he had no idea it was a child who was shot when the gun went off.

"I just grabbed a shotgun that I had out to the farm and I just meant to come out and I guess I didn't get it unloaded and there was still, I guess, one in the chamber or something and when I came out the door I just kinda bridged it back to scare," said Bishop. "I had no idea who it was. I could not see who it was."

Jacob, who was hit by more than 100 pellets, was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital where he remained in intensive care for several days. His interview with detectives came three days after the shooting.

"I walked up into his yard and I saw him cock his shotgun," said Jacob. "I started running and he shot me."

Bishop also later indicated he knew the culprits were kids.  He told police, "  We're woken up at all hours of the night you know," he said, "there's kids out in the street, they hide in the bushes up next to the house."

The attorney representing Jacob's family said he can't comment right now on Bishop's statements, but does tell us that Jacob is improving every day.

Attorneys for Bishop tell WAVE 3 News, they are glad to have the chance to review the discovery so they can respond to it."

Louisville Metro Police say when they went to Bishop's door it took him four minutes for him to answer.  Police also say Bishop never called 911 after hitting Jacob.

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