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Man Charged With Attempted Murder of Police Officer

An Illinois man is in jail on several charges including attempted murder of a police officer.

Posted: Jan 2, 2021 4:20 PM

An Illinois man is in jail on several charges including attempted murder of a police officer.

The Daviess County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to a welfare check for a man walking in the roadway on Veach Road Friday night.

Deputies say 31-year-old Josh Cliff of Decatur, Illinois was not cooperative with deputies.

The Sheriff's Office says Cliff assaulted a deputy and attempted to flee the scene.

We're told almost immediately after deputies were able to get Cliff into handcuffs and still struggling with him, Cliff produced a handgun which he had concealed.

Authorities say upon further search discovered what was believed to be cocaine on Cliff.

One deputy was taken to the hospital to be treated for a possible broken nose.

Cliff was booked in the Daviess County Detention Center and is facing several charges including Murder-Police Officer (attempted), Resisting Arrest, Assault 3rd Police Officer, Poss. Handgun by convicted felon.

Kentucky State Police and the Owensboro Police Department both responded to assist deputies.

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