Alleged shooter to Officer Koenig: 'Nighty night'

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SAGINAW (WJRT) (3/7/2019) - The man accused of shooting Saginaw Township Police Officer Jeff Koenig had chilling words just before pulling the trigger: "Nighty night."

Those were some of the last words Koenig heard before a gunshot allegedly was fired by wanted fugitive Joshua Rosebush during a traffic stop on Jan. 22, according to testimony Thursday morning.

Koenig said he immediately fell to the ground after the first gunshot hit the right side of his jaw. While laying on the ground, he felt the second gunshot hit his right upper arm.

Koenig said he was able to fire off two shots at Rosebush and walked about 20 to 25 feet back to his patrol car, where he took cover as Rosebush drove away. Koenig called for help using the radio clipped to his uniform.

A Michigan State Police trooper who had been guarding Rosebush in a local hospital and a detective who interviewed Rosebush also testified on Thursday that he confessed to the crime.

At the end of Thursday's hearing, Saginaw County District Court Judge Terry Clark moved Rosebush's case forward to trial in Circuit Court. Two additional firearms charges were added, bringing the total against Rosebush to 28.

Koenig had pulled over Rosebush for driving without headlights on Tittabawassee Road near Bay Road in Saginaw County's Kochville Township during the early morning hours of Jan. 22. Rosebush allegedly was driving a stolen pickup truck.

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After the shooting, Rosebush allegedly drove off in the stolen pickup truck, ditched it and stole a second pickup truck on Liberty Road near the shooting scene.

Koenig was taken to University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where he underwent reconstructive surgery and had his jaw wired shut for several weeks. He still has bullet fragments lodged in his sinus.

His testimony on Thursday was his first public words about what happened that day.

Police say Rosebush was on the run for several hours after the shooting. The pickup truck he allegedly stole on Liberty Road was located at the Home Depot in Flint Township.

His whereabouts are unknown for a couple hours after the truck was found and he allegedly stole a work van from the Speedway gas station on Bristol Road near I-475.

Shiawassee County Sheriff's Det. Lt. Scott Shenk spotted that van driving west on I-69 and began following it with engaging in a chase. He fired shots at Rosebush on Woodbury Road just south of the Laingsburg exit after Rosebush pointed a gun at him.

One of Shenk's bullets hit Rosebush in the face and he was arrested soon after.

Rosebush is charged with the following 28 felonies:
-- Two counts of assault with intent to murder -- one for Saginaw Township Police Officer Jeff Koenig and one for Shiawassee County Sheriff's Det. Scott Shenk.

-- One count of receiving and concealing a stolen firearm.

-- Three counts of vehicle theft -- one for a white Dodge pickup truck, one for an AIS Construction Equipment truck and one for a white van he allegedly used on Jan. 22.

-- One count of assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer for his alleged actions during a shootout with Shenk just before his arrest.

-- Six counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

-- 15 counts of using a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The assault with intent to murder charges both carry a sentence of up to life in prison.

Shenk and other witnesses from the events of Jan. 22 testified during the first day of the preliminary hearing on Feb. 21.

Stay with ABC12 News on air and online for more coverage of Koenig's testimony.

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