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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:

On 11/17/16 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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