Chief Kevin Knight of the Mentor Police Department in Ohio sadly reports the death of Officer Mathew Mazany.
Officer Mazany, 41, was assisting another officer on a traffic stop for defective equipment. One of the occupants of the vehicle was wanted by another agency on a felony warrant.
While Mazany was assisting in removing the subject from the vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee passed the traffic stop. In doing so the Jeep collided with him.
Mazany was treated at the scene by other officers and transported to TriPoint Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
The suspect in the striking vehicle then fled the scene of the hit and run crash. A partial license plate was obtained by authorities from the in-car video. Moreover, the make of the vehicle was also identified. As a result, a countywide radio broadcast was made. Furthermore, social media postings were used in an attempt to locate the vehicle.
Citizens reported that a vehicle matching the description with damage was hidden at the Mentor Lagoons Marina. The vehicle and driver were located several hours later with the driver being taken into custody.
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A black and blue flag was placed in a cement bucket where Mazany was killed.
“It’s a blur,” Knight said a day after Mazany’s death. “People ask me how I’m doing and my best response is ‘I don’t know.’ There’s much to do. There’s so much more to do. I just. … Don’t have words to describe that.”
Mathew Mazany served the Mentor Police Department for 14 years. He had received many letters of commendation and Department awards including the Exceptional Service Award.
Mazany is survived by a son, father and brother. His father served as a police officer in Maple Heights.
Mazany is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in the Mentor Police Department since 1927.
Officer Mathew Mazany is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Sunday, June 24, 2018.