In Memoriam: Officer Thomas Cottrell

Chief Daniel Weckesser of the Danville Police Department in Ohio sadly reports the death of Officer Thomas Cottrell.

Officer Cottrell was shot and killed in an ambush setting behind the village municipal building about 11:00 pm Sunday night. About the same time, a female called the county police dispatch center and advised that her ex-boyfriend had stopped by her residence and advised that he was going to kill a police officer.

The dispatcher then made an emergency radio broadcast and then commenced radio checks on all officers. The only officer that did not respond to his radio check was Officer Cottrell. A search for Officer Cottrell was initiated and he was located about a half hour later. He was found in the police parking area deceased. His duty weapon and his patrol vehicle were missing.

Officers were able to identify the suspect from information provided by the female caller. The suspect was located about two and one half hours following the shooting. He was taken into custody without further incident.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation of the shooting and an autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Officer Cottrell’s body.

Officer Thomas Cottrell-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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