The man accused of shooting a Mid-Michigan police officer during a traffic stop is facing 26 separate felony charges in connection with the incident.

Joshua Rosebush, 29, is accused of shooting Saginaw Township Police Officer Jeff Koenig on Jan. 22 about 2 a.m. on Tittabawassee Road near Bay Road in Saginaw County’s Kochville Township.

Koenig was approaching a vehicle that had no headlights when prosecutors said Rosebush shot him in the jaw and right shoulder area.

Rosebush then allegedly left the scene, sparking a manhunt that ended when he was shot by Shiawassee County Sheriff's Det. Lt. Scott Shenk in Shiawassee County.

On Feb. 5, Rosebush was arraigned via video in Saginaw County on multiple charges including assault with intent to murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

A not guilty plea was entered by the judge on his behalf.

Rosebush was ordered to remain jailed without bond due to his parole absconder status, his lengthy criminal history, the seriousness of the charges against him, and the danger he presents to the community, the Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office said.

"We're very pleased with charges that have been brought forward," Saginaw Township Police Chief Donald Pussehl said.

Pussehl said now it's time for the justice system to hear the case against Rosebush.

"Very grateful to the prosecutor's office, Prosecutor McColgan and his staff," Pussehl said.

Saginaw County Prosecutor John McColgan said the crimes Rosebush is accused of committing hits close to home.

"I know now firsthand how terrible it is to receive word that a family member has been shot. I want to personally thank all of the dedicated professionals, brothers and sisters, who lay their lives on the line day in and day out to keep us all safe," McColgan said.

Meanwhile, the Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office said at the moment no other charges will be brought against Rosebush or anyone else regarding Rosebush's alleged crime spree that spanned three counties.

"He acted alone in this. At no time do we believe he was driving in a vehicle in any of the counties with another individual in the vehicle," Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mark Gaertner said.

Rosebush is scheduled for a Feb. 14 pre-exam conference and a Feb. 21 preliminary examination.

For more on the incident, and Officer Koenig’s recovery, click here.

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