The second police shooting of 2016 has taken place in Danville Ohio and a suspect is now in custody.
Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell was found dead on the ground behind the Danville Municipal Building just before midnight. His service weapon had been taken and his cruiser was missing. Troopers first found Cottrell’s hat splattered with blood near the last known location of his on-duty car, an indicator the officer ran into trouble while responding to a call.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office said dispatchers received a call around 11:20 p.m. from a woman who said Danville police officers were in danger. The woman claimed her ex-boyfriend, Herschel Jones III, left with weapons and wanted to kill a police officer.
Dispatchers tried to contract Cottrell to warn him, but their attempts proved unsuccessful.
About 20 minutes after the initial call to dispatchers, Cottrell was found dead.
Officials did not immediately say how the officer died. But, Chief Jim Gilbert, the chief deputy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s office in Ohio, tweeted early Monday: “Prayers for Ohio’s first fallen officer for 2016 a Danville PD Officer was shot/killed this evening in Knox County. ”
Just after 1:30 a.m., Jones was seen running from a home and was captured near Danville Park after a short foot chase, officials said. He has been named as the prime suspect in the murder. No charges have been announced yet.
Danville is located about 60 miles northeast of Columbus and 100 miles southeast of Cleveland.”
The apparent attack comes on the cusp of 2016’s first law enforcement fatality.A police officer was shot and killed Sunday morning while confronting an armed suspect near Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utah Officer was an 18 year police veteran and father of three.
Details of that shooting can be found HERE