Ex-Con Who Shot Officer In Face Convicted Of Attempted Murder

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

SAGINAW (WWJ/AP) - A man accused of saying "nighty night" before he shot a police officer in the face has been convicted of attempted murder and 25 more felonies in Saginaw County.

Joshua Rosebush was found guilty Friday after roughly two hours of jury deliberations. 

Saginaw Township Officer Jeff Koenig stopped Rosebush around 2 a.m. on January 22 and was approaching his truck when Rosebush fired several shots at Koenig and fled the scene, leaving the 48-year-old officer bloodied and critically wounded.

Koenig testified during the trial that he heard Rosebush say "nighty night" before he was struck in the shoulder and jaw. He was able to call for help and other officers transported him to the hospital.

After the shooting, Rosebush went on a crime spree through three mid-Michigan counties. He was eventually captured after a police chase and shootout in Shiawassee County. Police say the 30-year-old confessed to the shooting multiple times.

Rosebush declined to testify at trial. Defense attorney Rod O'Farrell told jurors that Rosebush wasn't trying to kill the officer, although he described his client's conduct as "idiotic."

Rosebush faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. A sentencing date is pending.