Just after midnight on Monday, Ohio Police Officer Thomas Cottrell was found dead in Danville without his cruiser or weapon. This came hours after dispatchers received a call from a female who warned that Danville cops “were in danger” because her ex-boyfriend Herschel Jones had “left with weapons and was looking to kill an officer.”
According to NBC News, dispatchers then frantically tried to reach Cottrell, but they were unsuccessful. Just 27 minutes after receiving the initial call, police found Cottrell’s body behind a municipal building.
The Sheriff’s office said Jones was arrested around 1:36am shortly following a “foot chase” after he was spotted “running from a residence. Court records show that Jones had a lengthy criminal record, with charges including breaking and entering, burglary, receiving stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon.
Cottrell was one of six officers in the Danville Police Department, and the entire town is in mourning for him. Jay McDonald, President of Ohio’s Fraternal Order of Police said in a statement that his organization is “devastated” by the cop’s death.
“His assassination is the latest reminder of how dangerous police work is and how the police are targeted for violence. The 25,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio will never forget that Officer Cottrell gave his life in the service of others,” McDonald said
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