"The law is reason, free from passion."
This person's lawyer is well aware of how important intent--in particular specific intent--is in a case like this. And there are subtle ways to coach your client to say he was shooting at something else--a building, or whatever--and just happened to hit those two cops by accident. Attempted murder requires the same specific intent as murder--meaning the prosecution has to prove that when you acted, you not only intended the bad act, but that you also intended the result of that bad act. So if our Jeffrey only intended to fire a rifle recklessly, he could not be guilty of attempted murder. Obviously attempted murder of a police officer--in fact two of them--presents the biggest problem for his lawyer, and I think that explains how this fairy story of not meaning to hit them has come about.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller