Ohio Police Officer Shot and Killed in What is Being Called a Targeted "Assassination"

Officer Thomas Cottrell;  Photo: Columbus Div. of Police/Facebook

Officer Thomas Cottrell; Photo: Columbus Div. of Police/Facebook

An Ohio police officer was shot and killed on Sunday evening in what police officials have deemed an “assassination.”

Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell was found shot to death behind a municipal building late Sunday. His gun and patrol car had been stolen as well.

Just minutes before Officer Cottrell was found, local police received a call from a woman warning police that her boyfriend, Herschel Ray Jones, had said he was “looking to kill an officer.” The woman also stated that Jones had weapons.

Jones was ultimately taken into custody a few hours later after officers tracked him down. He has yet to be charged related to the death of Officer Cottrell and is only considered a suspect at this time.

Jay McDonald, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said of the murder of Officer Cottrell, “His assassination is the latest reminder of how dangerous police work is and how the police are targeted for violence.”


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