Accused police shooter faces more charges

Accused police shooter faces more charges

DANVILLE — Through a video link between the Vermilion County Courthouse and the county jail, the man accused of shooting a Danville police officer was arraigned Tuesday on new charges of armed robbery while still in custody at the Public Safety Building in Danville.

The Class X felony of armed robbery with a firearm was added to the attempted murder charges against Michael C. Rouse, 23, who was arrested last Saturday after a shoot out with a Danville police officer Friday night. The officer was hit more than once, but none of his injuries was life-threatening and was released from the hospital the next day.

The 16-year veteran of the police department got out of his squad car at about 5:30 p.m. Friday to talk with Rouse, who was walking in the 200 block of Kentucky Avenue in Danville, according to police. The officer noticed similarities between Rouse and the description of a suspect in an armed robbery two days earlier at Family Dollar, 1228 E. Main St., Danville, police said. As the officer approached, Rouse turned and fired, striking the officer, police said, and he ran from the scene.

Officers spotted Rouse fleeing into a house at 6 p.m. Saturday night in the 2600 block of Cannon Street in Danville, surrounded the residence and after a three-hour standoff, Rouse surrendered peacefully to authorities.

He was arraigned Monday on charges of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with the shooting. And on Tuesday, Danville police announced that Rouse was also being arrested for the armed robbery at Family Dollar.

Rouse, who was paroled in January after serving more than four years of an eight-year sentence for a 2009 armed robbery, has his preliminary hearings in both cases scheduled for June 19. He is still being held in the Vermilion County jail.

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