IMAGE: Joshua Rosebush

A jury found Joshua Rosebush guilty of assault with intent to murder in the shooting of Saginaw Township Police Officer Jeff Koenig.

The jury delivered the verdict on Friday, Oct. 4 after deliberating for about two hours.

Rosebush shot Koenig while the officer was performing a traffic stop on Jan. 22 at 2:08 a.m. You can read more about the case here.

On Friday, Sept. 27, Koenig took the stand. During court testimony, Koenig said he saw a pickup with no headlights. He walked up to the driver's side window, and as he walked up he heard Rosebush say "nighty night," and was shot in the face.

"I didn't feel anything. I never felt pain. I just felt the impact of the rounds. I just didn't want to get shot again. So, I was hoping that he would either get hit or that he would take off," Koenig testified.

Dashcam video played in court shows Koenig being hit by gunfire at close range and falling to the ground. Koenig called for help on his police radio saying he had been shot. The officer was shot twice and still has bullet fragments in his sinus cavity that will be there for the rest of his life.

"I had a shattered jaw, shattered eight teeth. The round broke the end of my collarbone and that was it so far," Koenig testified.

Rosebush, 30, faced 26 felonies for the shooting of Koenig and his actions following the shooting.

The jury found Rosebush guilty on 26 counts including one count of assault with intent to murder and one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

The assault with intent to murder charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Following the verdict Saginaw Township police Chief issued a statement thanking the investigators, prosecutors and jury for their work.

The statement also said: 

"A special thank you to the citizens of so many communities who have continually shown their support to Officer Jeff Koenig and his family during their time of need.  Your thoughts and prayers continue to assist him on his road to recovery.  He looks forward to the day when he can return to work and continue his service to you." 

A confession made by Rosebush was also played in court.

"Shot him point blank in the face," Rosebush is heard saying on the confession tape from his hospital bed on Jan. 22.

It was a fact Rosebush's defense attorney did not dispute.

Rosebush is accused of a day-long crime spree that took place in three different Mid-Michigan counties.

His defense attorney admits his client committed multiple crimes that he needs to be punished for, but he is adamant Rosebush is innocent to assault with intent to murder - a potential life sentence.

That's because he claims Rosebush did not intend to kill Koenig.

In a portion of the taped confession to Michigan State Police Det. Sgt. David Rivard, Rivard asks Rosebush, "did you realize by shooting him there's a good possibility you could've killed him?"

"He didn't die," Rosebush responded.

"My understanding, he's not dead yet," Rivard responded.

"He's in serious condition," Rosebush responded.

"He's in serious condition," Rivard confirmed.

"Oh my God, that's got to be so much worse," Rosebush responded.

Koenig testified he still has to have two surgeries because of the injuries sustained on that fateful day in January. He also has bullet fragments inside of him that can never be removed.

During Rosebush's confession, it appeared Rosebush showed some remorse for almost ending Koenig's life.

"Is there anything that I can forward on to that officer's family or anything that you want me to tell them to pass the message on," Rivard asked Rosebush.

"I don't know if they're religious, but tell them I'll pray for them," Rosebush responded.

On Oct. 1, Shiawassee County Sheriff's Det. Lt. Scott Shenk testified. Shenk is credited with bringing Rosebush's crime spree to an end.

"At this time, he was pointing directly at me," Shenk testified.

More than eight months after his encounter with Rosebush, the emotions were still raw for Shenk.

On Jan. 22, after Rosebush shot Koenig, Shenk said he spotted Rosebush and followed him. It led to a gun fight, with Shenk telling the court Rosebush fired first.

"He was still in that crouched position, pointing directly at me. So at that time, I feared for my life. I leaned out and started exiting my vehicle into the crotch of the door and I started firing rounds," Shenk testified.

Shenk said he didn't realize Rosebush had been hit. All he knew was Rosebush had fallen back.

Meanwhile, Shenk told the court that during the fight his vehicle - and shield from Rosebush - began to creep back in reverse down the road. That's when Rosebush reappeared.

"He started screaming, walking towards my vehicle. And he was screaming 'shoot me. Come on,'" Shenk testified.

Soon after law enforcement arrived, they were able to get Shenk's car in park and take Rosebush into custody.

Since the incident, Shenk has earned recognition for his actions back in January.

In court on Oct. 1, Shenk testified he still struggles with what transpired on that cold winter day.

"I had many sleepless nights," he said.

On Oct. 2, an emergency room doctor who treated Koenig - after he was shot in the face - took the stand.

"He is very lucky to be alive," Dr. Andrew Bazakis testified.

Koenig was taken to Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw after he was shot. Bazakis was there when Koenig arrived.

"He had had a significant gunshot wound injury to his face, jaw, and to the right side of his head," Bazakis testified.

Bazakis told the court he had to perform a procedure to allow Koenig to breathe and prevent him from losing his life.

"He had large amounts of blood and numerous fragments of his jaw and broken parts of his teeth in his mouth and in his airway. He very easily could've choked and died on these," Bazakis testified.

He said Koenig's injuries were extensive.

"We pulled numerous parts of a piece of his jaw out and put them in a container and had large suction running the whole time because of the amount of blood that was coming out," Bazakis testified.

Bazakis also gave a chilling account of how close Koenig came to lying in a morgue instead of a hospital bed.

"If the trajectory of that bullet was off by even an inch, it would've gone through the upper part of the spinal cord or part of the brain stem. And Officer Koenig would've been dead before he hit the floor. So he came literally within an inch of death," Bazakis testified.

Hours after Koenig was shot, the alleged gunman was involved in a shootout with Shiawassee County law enforcement officers, and he was captured.

Jeri Lewis, a nurse at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, also testified on Oct. 2.

She told the court Rosebush said, "I can't believe I shot a cop in the face," in his hospital bed.

Rosebush was taken to Sparrow for treatment of his own injuries.

Lewis said Rosebush flat-out admitted to the crime.

"One of the co-nurses that was there said, 'what?' And I kind of just gave him an eye like don't make him repeat it. And he said something to the effect of, 'it's OK. I shouldn't brag anyways,'" Lewis testified.

Michigan State Police Trooper Dennis Hartman also took the witness stand on Oct. 2. He told the court he was assigned to ride in the ambulance with Rosebush to Sparrow Hospital.

Hartman said Rosebush was very open about the events that took place earlier in the day.

"I believe he was looking at one of the paramedics or EMT and said, 'I killed that man. I stole all those vehicles.' And he looked directly at me and said, 'does Michigan have the death penalty?' And I responded, 'no,'" Hartman said.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, Michigan State Police Trooper Nicholas McCabe took the stand.

"He was shaking his head, 'I can't believe I did this.' No excuse," McCabe said.

That's what McCabe told the court he heard from Rosebush at Sparrow Hospital.

MSP Trooper Tara Lamilza also said she was with Rosebush at the hospital.

"Prior to him being caught, he stated he got out of his car, got by the engine, and pointed his gun at the police. He also said that when he pointed his gun at the police it jammed and he was unable to fire his gun," Lamilza said.

After the pair testified, a phone recording played in court from March 24 appeared to be a conversation between the defendant and a family member.

"I can't sit and say I regret doing what I did because I did it for a reason," Rosebush is heard saying on the recording.

Later during that conversation, the voice on the phone stood behind his actions.

"I was fed up with being held down. Now I'm just held down even more. I don't regret it. I made my move and it turned out bad," Rosebush is heard saying on the recording.

The prosecution and the defense presented their closing arguments on Friday, Oct. 4.

"Takes that safety off, with one in the chamber, points it directly at Officer Koenig's face, and fires not once but twice," Saginaw County Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Blair Stevenson said during his closing argument.

Stevenson told the jury Rosebush intended to kill Koenig. He implored jurors to find Rosebush guilty of assault with intent to murder.

"If the bullet went one inch to the right, it would've hit his brain stem and he would've been dead before he hit the ground. If it went one inch to the left, it would've severed one of his main arteries and he would've bled out there on that service drive," Stevenson said.

While Rosebush's attorney admitted it was his client who shot Koenig, he said there wasn't an intent to kill.

"Now planning to kill a police officer, if that's what you're planning on doing, unfortunately there's ways to do it without turning your lights off and hoping that some cop is going to come up and stop you at two in the morning," said Rod O'Farrell, Rosebush's attorney.

O'Farrell went on to say Rosebush had the opportunity to take Koenig's life if he wanted to.

"If Mr. Rosebush wanted to kill him, it was right there. Mr. Koenig says it right, 'God, I hope he don't shoot again.' And he didn't because he didn't intend to kill," O'Farrell said.

In all, Rosebush was facing 26 felonies. Twenty-four of those felonies were not contested by O'Farrell.

Both O'Farrell and Stevenson agreed, this trial was about whether or not Rosebush intended to kill.

"You all took an oath to judge the facts of this case and apply the facts of that case to the law. Not based on feelings, but the facts and evidence. So I'm asking that you do that," Stevenson told the jury during his closing argument.

The jury found Rosebush guilty on 26 counts including one count of assault with intent to murder for shooting Koenig in the face, and one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder for the shootout involving Shenk.

"I'll never forget it. I think this is a once in a lifetime case and the work that law enforcement did across these three jurisdictions and the cooperation they did to put this together was absolutely outstanding. And this case wouldn't have come together the way it did and we would not have obtained the result we did without it," Stevenson said.

Saginaw County Prosecuting Attorney John McColgan said, "We thank the jury for their service, we thank the Lord for not allowing Officer Koenig to be killed, and we thank the community for their support of our beloved law enforcement officers."

Rosebush remains imprisoned while a sentencing date is pending.

"It is a maximum of life. However, the guidelines still apply and I believe the guidelines are from the low 20s, twenty-some years to 50 years," Stevenson said.

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