DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton Police detective is in critical condition after a drug-related search warrant led to a shooting Monday evening.
As of 9:10 pm, Dayton Police say Det. Jorge Del Rio remains in grave condition.
Mayor Nan Whaley offered her thoughts and prayers to Officer Del Rio, his family, and the department Tuesday evening, saying in part, “Our community has already endured too much senseless tragedy this year,” she said. “The Dayton Police Department has risen to the task each and every time. In light of that, violence striking the department directly is especially painful.”
“He was an honorable, good, amazing, heroic man. And he is,” she continued.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl gave an update on the shooting around 3 pm Tuesday. He was joined by City Manager Shelley Dickstein, Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Detroit Field Division, new U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers, and Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr.
Dickstein began the press conference by saying, “We are experiencing yet another tragedy in a year of unprecedented tragedies.”
Just before 7 pm, Dayton Police detective Jorge Del Rio, a 30 year veteran of the Dayton Police Department, and other detectives with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force was serving a drug-related search warrant in the 1400 block of Ruskin Road.
Del Rio has served with the DEA task force since 2000.
The detectives knocked on the door of the residence several times, announcing themselves as law enforcement officers, according to Chief Biehl:
After receiving no response, the detectives made entry to the home. As they descended the basement steps, they came under fire. This is when Del Rio was shot twice in the face.
He did fire back in response before being taken by a Dayton Police cruiser to Grandview Medical Center.
Nathan Scott Goddard Jr., Courtney Lemar Allen, Cahke Walter Cortner Sr., Lionel Lloyd Combs III being held in the Montgomery County Jail on felony drug charges.
Goddard, the suspected shooter, faces charges for felonious assault on an agent. The others face federal drug conspiracy charges.
A juvenile male was also captured in the front yard while trying to flee.
Chief Biehl says Del Rio remains under “advanced life support” and is in grave condition.
“Detective Jorge Del Rio dedicated his entire career to combating the illegal drugs that have plagued our community. There is no doubt that through his hard work and dedication, detective Del Rio has saved and changed countless lives. Through his own sacrifice in peril, Jorge exemplifies the Dayton Police Department’s motto: Honor through service, and service with honor,” he said.
The Dayton Police Department homicide unit is conducting an investigation into the shooting, while the Professional Standards Bureau will handle an administrative investigation related to the police officers who were at the scene.
Evidence recovered inside the home includes:
- 2 loaded FN Five-Seven pistols with extended 30 round magazines
- American Tactical .223 AR pistol with 30 round magazine capacity
- 13 kilos of suspected fentanyl and cocaine
- Over 51 pounds of suspected marijuana
- More than $50,000 in cash
The recovered weapons are being traced by the ATF to determine their origin of purchase.
“Today is a very difficult day for the Dayton Police Department and our federal partners. As we move forward tonight, please keep this officer, his family, our department, the DEA, and the entire community in your thoughts, prayers, and care,” said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl Monday night.
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