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Suspect in Cobb officer’s shooting denied bond

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Updated: 2/05 8:40 am
COBB COUNTY, Ga. (WSB-TV) -- The man suspected of shooting a Cobb County police officer was denied bond Tuesday night after making his first appearance to hear the charges against him.

James Philips was arrested after a nearly eight-hour manhunt Tuesday.

Police said Officer Charles Vill was able to radio in he'd been hit. Within minutes other officers were by his side and paramedics rushed to his aid.

Vill had pulled over two cars for suspicious behavior on Powers Ferry Road. Police found one of those cars, along with the passenger in a nearby complex and found the driver of the second car minutes later.

But police don't believe either fired the shots.

“We've simply detained them or questioned them to see what if anything they had to do with this incident,” said Sgt. Dana Pierce with the Cobb County Police Department.

They were looking for Phillips, an ex-con who police believe opened fire before the officer could even grab his weapon.

The search for Phillips took them to a nearby Extended Stay hotel. The SWAT team locked down the complex while they raided a second-floor room where Phillips and a girlfriend had been staying.

“I don't know if they lived here or checked here but they were here on the second floor where they busted the window right there,” said witness Marcus Hooks.

No one was inside, but investigators found one of the cars they were looking for and kept looking for Phillips.

Eight hours after the shooting, a random check of an abandoned park service house led to Phillips. He was apparently hiding in a stairwell and gave up without a fight, according to police.

Investigators whisked him right by Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt, taking the former Cherokee County resident straight to the Cobb County Jail and sending many of the officers involved in the search straight to the hospital to check on their colleague.

Police say Vill is in stable condition and is expected to be OK. Philips remains in the Cobb County Jail with no bond.

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