On 1/17/16 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.