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The East Moline officer’s family posted the attack Monday

The East Moline officer’s family posted the attack Monday

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – East Moline Police Sgt. William Lind released the statement Friday days after police said he was attacked by a man he sought in an arson case.

“We are grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends, medical staff, the East Moline police family and the community,” the family said in a statement. “He gave us the strength we need to navigate this journey. We want everyone to know that they see you, feel you, appreciate you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Billy has a long road ahead of him, but we are very happy that there is a way.’

On Wednesday, Chief Jeff Ramsey said Lind was critical but stable.

Around 3:40 PM Monday afternoon, Rock Island Fire and Police responded to a house fire in the 1600 block of 12th Street.

One resident was able to get out without injury. According to the police, the house has suffered major fire damage.

According to police, Adrian W. Rogers, 52, entered the home and intentionally set it on fire, and left before firefighters and police arrived.

According to the affidavit filed in support of a search warrant:

After 4 p.m., Rogers went to the East Moline Police Department and spoke with Lind. After a while he left.

Around 5:05 p.m., Rock Island police issued a “probable cause warrant” to Rogers for the serious fire.

Around 6:30 p.m., Lind found Rogers in the 1900 block of Morton Drive. He made contact with Rogers, who tried to leave.

Lind tried to say that she was not free to leave and grabbed his upper body. Rogers turned around and hit Lind in the face.

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Lind fell to the ground and became unconscious. Rogers “released her without assistance after reviewing footage from the officer’s body-worn camera,” according to the affidavit.

According to court documents, Lind suffered severe head trauma and skull fractures.

East Moline officers and investigators, along with several area agencies, began an extensive search for Rogers, police said.

Around 22:50, Colonan was arrested, according to the police.

Rogers is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, aggravated arson and residential arson.

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