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Man accused of assaulting East Moline police sergeant to undergo fitness hearing

Adrian Rogers, who has been charged with attempted murder, made his first appearance in court Monday.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — The man accused of assaulting and seriously injuring an East Moline police sergeant Monday night was ordered to undergo a fitness hearing.

Police say 52-year-old Adrian Rogers attacked Sgt. William Lind Monday in East Moline after Rogers fled the scene of a fire he allegedly set at a Rock Island home earlier that afternoon.

Rogers on Wednesday made his first appearance in Rock Island County Court where he was ordered to undergo a fitness hearing to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

He's been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery against a police officer, aggravated arson and residential arson. He's being held in the Rock Island County Jail on a $500,000 bond related to the arson charges and a $1 million bond related to the attempted murder charge.

While appearing in court via Zoom, Rogers was aggravated and court officials described him as "disruptive" and "uncooperative." While the judge read him his rights and charges, he continually yelled over her, saying things like, "There don't need to be any charges at all," and "I don't have to hear it."

Three correctional officers removed Rogers from the room where he was appearing virtually from, and the court moved on to arraign several other people. Nearly 30 minutes later, the judge, state's attorney and public defender went back into the jail to talk to Rogers.

As she was leaving the courtroom, the judge said, "I've only done this twice and its never been for good reasons."

Rogers may be tried in absentia, according to court records.

No preliminary hearing has been set. Rogers' next court appearance is Nov. 30 for his fitness hearing where it will be determined if he's fit to stand trial.

Officials also released an update on Sgt. Lind's condition; he remains in the hospital and is considered to be "critical, but stable, with no prognosis as it is too early to determine."

EMPD also revealed in a Facebook post that the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 96 has opened a Venmo account to accept donations benefitted Sgt. Lind's family for the duration of his hospitalization.

To donate, click/tap here. Donations are also being accepted at the East Moline Police Department building.

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