Officer shot and killed, suspect found dead in Ohio
TOLEDO, July 4, 2020 (AP): An officer who was responding to a
call in a store parking lot was shot and killed early Saturday
morning by an intoxicated man holding a beer, police said.
Toledo Officer Anthony Dia
was shot in the chest just after midnight in the parking lot of
a Home Depot, and later pronounced dead at a hospital, Police
Chief George Kral said at a news conference.
Witnesses told police the man shot the officer with a handgun
and then went into a wooded area. At some point, officers heard
a single gunshot coming from the woods, Kral said. The gunman,
only described as a 57-year-old white male, was found dead of an
apparent gunshot wound to the head around 3:15 a.m.
Kral said Dia was dispatched to check to ``make sure that this
man was OK.” Dia, 26, leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old child,
the chief said.
Toledo resident Shalene Houke fought back sobs as she told
The Toledo Blade she heard the officer asking for help and
saying he'd been shot before losing consciousness.
``He was young, and he was scared,” she said.
Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz
said he was at Toledo Hospital where Dia was taken after the
``I will never forget the sight of Officer Dia being wheeled out
of the hospital on a gurney, his body wrapped in an American
flag, flanked by about 30 Toledo police officers, saluting and
weeping,” the mayor said.
Neither Kral nor Kapszukiewicz took questions during the news
conference. More information was expected to be provided at
another news conference Monday.
Gov. Mike DeWine expressed his condolences and said he had
ordered flags in Lucas County and at the Ohio Statehouse to fly
at half-staff from Sunday through the officer's funeral service.
``Officer Dia lost his life doing what police do during every
watch of their lives—trying to help someone,`` Ohio AG Dave Yost
said. ``His memory will stand tall forever, a man who was
fulfilling his duty in his final act.”