Ridge Farm man arrested in connection with shooting of Danville police officer

DANVILLE — Police have arrested a Ridge Farm man in connection with the Friday-night shooting of a Danville police officer.

Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said police arrested Michael C. Rouse, 23, at 9:15 p.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of Cannon Street.

“Earlier in the evening, at about 6 p.m., a Danville police officer saw Rouse on Cannon Street,” Thomason said. “Police were searching for him after developing Rouse as a suspect early Saturday morning.”

After Rouse ran into a home, officers surrounded the house on Cannon before the Ridge Farm man surrendered to police, Thomason said. Nobody was reported hurt.

Danville police were assisted at the scene by Vermilion County sheriff’s deputies, according to a report.

Rouse was taken to the Public Safety Building, where he is being held on $5 million bond.

The officer’s name is not being released, but he is a male officer and 16-year veteran of the Danville department. He suffered more than one gunshot wound, according to Thomason, but his injuries were not life-threatening. Thomason said the officer shot Friday night was released Saturday from Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

The incident happened at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of Kentucky Street in Danville. The officer was in his patrol car and stopped to check the suspect, who was walking. Thomason said the officer wanted to check the man “concerning another matter” but would not disclose any more details.

As the officer approached the man, later identified as Rouse, the suspect turned and fired at the officer, striking him more than once. The suspect fled the scene, and a massive search ensued, involving Danville police, the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department, officers from surrounding cities and towns and the Illinois State Police, which enlisted the help of a helicopter.

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