Report: Ohio suspect had threatened to kill Danville officer before

Officer shot dead scene. Danville, Ohio, Jan. 18, 2016. (WCMH, Columbus).
Danville, Ohio police and others investigate the scene where a village officer was shot dead. Jan. 18, 2016.(WCMH, Columbus)

DANVILLE, Ohio (AP) – A police report says a man accused of gunning down an Ohio village policeman had threatened to kill an officer three months ago.

The report says Herschel Ray Jones III beat his girlfriend Oct. 13 and said he planned to kill an officer and steal his uniform or call in a school bomb threat. Danville police arrested Jones at his girlfriend’s house. Officers found a gun in his pants, but he said he didn’t know anything about it. Charges were dropped when the woman recanted.

The woman called 911 late Sunday and said Jones had weapons and intended to kill an officer. The body of auxiliary officer Thomas Cottrell was found soon after.

Jones is in jail with charges pending. Calls to phone numbers listed for Jones or family members have rung answered.

The officer’s funeral is Saturday.

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