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Man arrested for attempted murder of Galesburg police officer

A Galesburg man was arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly tried to stab a police officer.

Galesburg police responded to an apartment in Moon Towers on Tompkins St. on a report of a man trespassing at an apartment from which he was banned.

Police found Dennis Little III, 27, who authorities said was holding a knife in each hand. The door began to close, and as officers attempted to reopen it, Little began to push on the door again, police said.

Police said an officer said he thought Little was punching him, but realized he was trying to stab with both knives. The officer then got Little off him and Tased him, police said. The officer was wearing gear which protected him from stab injuries.

Little was arrested for attempted murder, aggravated battery of a police officer, felony possession and use of a weapon, and criminal trespass to land. He is set to appear in Knox County Court on Wednesday.

Tim Shelley

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