PARKE CO., Ind. (WTHI) - An accused shooter in a Rosedale, Indiana standoff made his first appearance in court Thursday.
Zachery Buza, 19, pleaded not guilty for shooting at police officers during a recent stand-off in Rosedale, IN.
Police were originally called to a domestic dispute; however, the situation escalated into a standoff when Buza began firing at officers.
Rodney Lowe, the father of Buza's girlfriend, said that day not only changed Buza's life, but also his.
Lowe said he had no choice but to jump in when Buza attacked his daughter. Lowe stated he was forced to fight back against Buza: someone Lowe claimed he actually liked.
Lowe said, "I mean I had to protect my daughter and it's unfortunate. I just hate it, I hate it that it happened, I just really hate that it happened."
Buza made his initial court appearance Thursday for allegedly attacking his girlfriend and then shooting at police officers after barricading himself inside of a bathroom.
Buza faces Attempted Murder, Attempted Voluntary Manslaughter, Attempted Aggravated Battery, Criminal Recklessness, Strangulation and Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury.
Lowe said the man that now wears an orange jumpsuit and shot at police, wasn't the person he knew.
"What happened Sunday was not the same person that we knew, like I said, I know people hear that all the time but in this case that's really true. If he had not been under the influence, I never would have ever expected anything like that," said Lowe.
The father who fought to protect his daughter now fights to protect his attacker. Lowe said he hopes Buza receives treatment instead of jail time.
"I wish the best for him and certainly I just hope he gets the help he needs," said Lowe.
Buza's bond was set at $200,000 and could face a maximum of 74 years in jail.
Buza's next court appearance is set for August 20.
The judge issued a no contact order between Buza and Lowe's daughter also between Buza and the two officers Buza shot at.
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