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Man Accused of Shooting Covington Officer Faces Trial Tuesday

The man who wounded a Covington Police officer during a shootout in City Heights in late September 2012 faces trial in a Kenton County courtroom Tuesday.

Pharo Wilson, 27, was indicted in October 2012 on three charges of attempted murder of a police officer, first degree assault, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and second degree persistent felony offender.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders will lead the prosecution. Sanders told The River City News shortly after the shooting, "I expect Mr. Wilson to face a significant sentence if convicted, which he should. I'm not sure what goes on in other jurisdictions but in Northern Kentucky we support our police and certainly will not tolerate anyone who tries to kill them."

Wilson faces twenty to fifty years in prison, according to a report in The River City News from October 2012. Wilson had already served time in prison for a trafficking convention. 

Officer Mark Richardson was shot in the foot when he and other officers came under fire after responding to a robbery call in City Heights. Wilson allegedly fled the scene and was later arrested in Cincinnati.

Police Chief Spike Jones later thanked his officers for their handling of the situation and the officers involved in the shooting and ensuing manhunt were honored at Covington City Hall.

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Scene after officer was shot in City Heights/RCN file

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Pharo Wilson/Kenton Co. Detention Center