DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A police processional carried Detective Del Rio to the Coroner’s Office, passing the Dayton Police Department one final time Thursday evening.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl gave a brief statement in the afternoon, saying he was heartbroken to announce the passing of Det. Del Rio.
Del Rio was moved into surgery Thursday morning to donate his organs after Biehl announced Wednesday Del Rio’s injuries were “tragically not survivable.”
“Hundreds of police officers, including dozens of Drug Enforcement Administration agents gathered at Grandview Medical Center to honor and bid farewell to our fallen colleague, who one final time acted to save lives through the generous gift of organ donation,” he said.
Law enforcement officials held an honor walk at Grandview Medical Center, lining the halls alongside him as he was taken into surgery:
From here, a processional is expected to carry Detective Del Rio to the Coroner’s Office, passing the Dayton Police Department one final time.
Blue ribbons now line the department’s safety building. A group including the local chapter of Police Wives of Ohio put them up Wednesday after the Chief’s somber announcement.
Detective Jorge Del Rio was shot twice in the face Monday night. It happened on Ruskin Road as Del Rio and other DEA task force agents were conducting a drug bust.
The Dayton Police Department Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting. The Professional Standards Bureau is conducting an administrative investigation into the officers who responded, and the DEA is looking more into the drugs that were being trafficked at that house.
Del Rio leaves behind his wife Kathy, five daughters, three granddaughters, and another grandchild on the way.
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2 NEWS has crews at the hospital and will continue to follow this developing story throughout the day. Stay with WDTN.com and 2 NEWS for full coverage.
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