Orange County

Man accused of attacking 2 Orlando police officers downtown held without bond

ORLANDO, Fla. — A man accused of attacking two Orlando police officers in downtown Orlando last week was given no bond by a judge on Monday.

William McClish was arrested after police said he set a cell phone up downtown to live stream an attack on the officers.


Police said McClish hit one officer with a brick and tried to gouge out another officer’s eye.

An officer wrote that video of the attack shows a clear, premeditated plan to attempt to kill the officers.

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McClish didn’t show up to his first appearance, but the judge went on without him and gave him no bond.

The defense attorney argued that the only reason he gauged at the officers eye was because of the struggle and that it is not enough to charge McClish with attempted murder.

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The judge didn’t agree, but did say that it could become an issue as the case moves forward.

McClish has a long criminal history in Orange County dating back to 2013, which includes a number of drug charges, a grand theft charge in 2015, resisting arrest and attempted burglary in two separate cases in 2017, and sudden snatching that was not prosecuted in 2019 as well as a criminal mischief case without enough information to prosecute.

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Shannon Butler

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Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.

Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.