MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — A police officer has been found dead behind the municipal building in Danville, Ohio, and a suspect is in custody, authorities said Monday.
Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer says in a statement early Monday that authorities received a call just before midnight from a woman saying that police officers in Danville were in danger, and that her ex-boyfriend, Herschel Ray Jones, had weapons and was looking to kill an officer.
Shaffer says dispatchers tried to make contact with the Danville officer, but were unsuccessful. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office then searched the village.
About 20 minutes after the initial call to dispatchers, Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell was found dead on the ground behind the Danville Municipal Building and his service weapon had been taken, Shaffer said.
Officials did not immediately say how the officer died.
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.
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. “
Danville is located about 60 miles northeast of Columbus and 100 miles southeast of Cleveland.