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Man charged with attempted murder for shooting police officer in Brown County

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The officer sustained serious injuries and is being treated at an area hospital.

Illinois State Police arrested a Greenbrier, Tenn., man on attempted first degree murder of a police officer following a pursuit through several rural Illinois counties.

The incident began with a traffic stop initiated by the Meredosia Police Department in Morgan County on Saturday, March 26.

The suspect, Daniel B. Payne, 29, fled the scene and was then pursued by multiple law enforcement agencies through Pike and Brown counties.

The vehicle crashed on Illinois Route 107, just north of County Road 410 North in Brown County, and was disabled in the roadway, according to state police.

Around 11:14 p.m., as officers were approaching the crashed vehicle, Payne reportedly fired a gun, striking the officer from Chapin.

The officer sustained serious injuries and is being treated at an area hospital. He is a 39-year-old male with 7 years of service.

In a release, Chapin village president Rex Brockhouse said the village is unable to comment further on the incident or release the name of the injured officer.

Payne was treated for minor injuries from the crash at an area hospital and then transported to the Schuyler County jail. Bond was set at $1 million.

Jane Carlson covers west central Illinois and southeast Iowa for Tri States Public Radio.