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June 3, 2014

Accused gunman appears in court

Wounded officer out of hospital, 'doing very well'

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County man accused of shooting a veteran police officer appeared for court on Monday on six charges in connection with Friday’s shooting of a city police officer.

Michael C. Rouse, 23, of Ridge Farm, made his first appearance in Vermilion County Circuit Court Monday afternoon via video feed from the Public Safety Building jail. A preliminary hearing has been set for later this month.

Rouse remains incarcerated in the county jail on $5 million bond. He is being held without bond on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant.

The Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s Office filed formal charges of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated battery of a police officer with a firearm, two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm at a police officer and two additional counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Four of the six counts are Class X felonies punishable by up to 30 years in state prison.

Rouse was arrested Saturday night after a three-hour standoff with city police at a home in the 2600 block of Cannon Street. He was taken into custody without incident.

The arrest came more than 24 hours after the drama unfolded Friday in the 200 block of Kentucky Avenue. There, a Danville police officer was shot and injured after stopping his vehicle around 5:30 p.m. to approach Rouse. The officer was getting out of the car when Rouse turned and fired, hitting the officer.

No official motive has been released in connection with the shooting. But on Monday, Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason confirmed the injured officer intended to stop Rouse regarding an armed robbery that took place two days before the shooting.

Thomason said the police officer had stopped to approach Rouse and conduct a field interview because of the potential similar description given from the armed robbery, that took place at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Family Dollar, 1228 E. Main St.

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