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Opening arguments in trial of man accused of shooting Saginaw Twp. officer

Posted at 8:23 AM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 12:24:34-04

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Opening arguments are set to begin Friday in the trial of the man accused of shooting a Saginaw Township police officer.

A jury was seated in Joshua Rosebush's trial on Thursday, Sept. 26.

He's accused of shooting Officer Jeff Koenig during a traffic stop in Saginaw County's Kochville Township on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Police say after Rosebush allegedly shot Officer Koenig, he led police on a chase for twelve hours through three different Michigan counties and more than 100 miles.

After driving away from the shooting scene, police say Rosebush stole a construction truck in Kochville Township, drove the truck to Flint and left it in a Home Depot parking lot.

That’s when police say Rosebush hopped into another car with a friend or stranger near the Home Depot.

The driver then dropped Rosebush off and it is not clear if the driver knew Rosebush was wanted.

From there police say Rosebush stole a van at a gas station and drove it for almost half an hour before Shiawassee County Sheriff Det. Lt. Scott Shenk caught up with him.

Police say Rosebush then got out his gun but Det. Shenk shot Rosebush first and then arrested him.

On Thursday, April 11, Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole presented Det. Lt. Shenk with the Medal of Valor for his role in the arrest.

Rosebush is facing more than two dozen felony charges.

Koenig and Det. Lt. Shenk are both expected to testify in the trial before Saginaw County Judge Andre Borrello.

Rosebush faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Testimony is expected to continue into next week.

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