Man charged with murder of Officer Nick Rodman

Officer Rodman's accused killer appears in court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police say the man who caused the death of LMPD Officer Nick Rodman last week was under the influence at the time of the deadly crash. 

Monday, Wathaniel "James" Woods, who remains in a hospital bed, has been charged  with Rodman's murder, along with assault, fleeing and evading police, trafficking a controlled substance, driving under the influence, wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and driving on a suspended license among other charges. He is being held on a $1 million cash only bond.
 
Police say Woods, 37, was in a verbal argument with the mother of his child on Tuesday, March 28, during which time he punched her in the face multiple times, and struck her with a handgun. His arrest slip states bystanders tried to stop the assault. Woods then fired multiple rounds and fled the scene in a car.
 
Police located Woods' vehicle heading eastbound on 22nd St. at Madison St. when their pursuit began around 8 p.m. Court documents reveal he failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed. It was at this time, police say Officer Rodman joined the pursuit, initiating his emergency lights and siren. 
 
Court documents say Woods was traveling northbound on 26th St. when he sped through a red light at Duncan St. at the same moment Officer Rodman was traveling westbound on Duncan St. and began to turn southbound on 26th St.  Woods collided with Rodman's vehicle at that intersection. Both were transported to University Hospital, where Rodman died the next day at 3:40 p.m. from his injuries suffered in the crash.
 
Back at the scene, police say they found a loaded handgun, individually packaged cocaine, digital scales, and plastic baggies in Woods' car. Blood taken at the hospital tested positive for alcohol, cocaine and opiates.
 
 

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