Man arrested for threatening police, roommate

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By Lisa King

A Shelbyville man was arrested March 18 for threatening the life of his former roommate as well as that of a police officer, according to a Shelbyville police report.

Maxx M. Stradtner, 21, of 310 Midland Blvd., threatened his roommate’s life on at least three occasions, and repeatedly pointed a loaded pellet rifle at his face. Stradtner also beat the house cat to death, slamming it into a wall and told his roommate he would “meet the same fate” if he told anyone about the cat, the report stated.

In addition, the report said, Stradtner had made the statement that he wanted to put on a gas mask he had purchased and sneak into the home of Shelbyville Police officer Pat Donahoe and murder him.

He is charged with third-degree terroristic threatening and first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony, punishable by a sentence of 1 to 5 years in prison.

He is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stradtner has had issues with the police before. He was charged July 4 with assault on a police officer when he spit in the face of Shelbyville officer Brandon Pennington, who then had to be tested for contagious diseases, said Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin. Donahoe had also previously arrested Stradtner.

Goodwin added that the department does not take threats on a police officer’s life lightly, even though the charge of terroristic threatening only carries a penalty of 1 year in jail.

“We take it very seriously, and we hope that the courts will too,” he said.