Sheriff Releases Statement, Name of Officer Shot and Killed in Danville
By Timothy Perry
January 18, 2016 - 5:42 AM
DANVILLE -Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer released the following statement today regarding the shooting death of a Danville Police Officer last night:
at 11:20 pm the dispatch center received a call from a female in Danville
stating that the police officers in Danville were in danger. She said that her
ex-boyfriend Herschel Ray Jones had left with weapons and was looking to kill
an officer. Dispatch personnel attempted to make contact with the Danville
officer, but were unsuccessful. Deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office
searched the village.
At approximately 11:47 pm deputies
discovered Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell on the ground behind the
Danville Municipal Building. Officer Cottrell was deceased. His service weapon
had been taken and the cruiser was missing.
At approximately 1:36 am the suspect
was observed running from a residence on East Washington St. After a short foot
chase the suspect, identified as Herschel Jones III was taken into custody by
officers in the area of the Danville Park. A female that was discovered outside
of the residence was interviewed by officers and later released.
Officers from the Knox County
Sheriff’s Office and B.C.I. are investigating the incident.
Herschel Jones Booking Photo
(Photo Provided by the Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Knox County Common Pleas and Mount Vernon Municipal Court records show
that Jones has an extensive criminal history, with numerous past charges
ranging from theft to assault. Jones is a convicted felon, having pled
guilty in 2011 to receiving stolen property and illegal assembly or
possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.
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