The law enforcement community is once again in mourning as Dayton Police Detective Jorge Del Rio tragically passed away on Thursday.
The detective had been serving on a DEA task force and was killed after he was shot twice in the face during a narcotics raid, Fox reported.
On the afternoon of November 7, the Dayton Police Department confirmed that Del Rio had fallen to his injuries.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Det. Jorge Del Rio who succumbed to a line of duty injury today,” the department wrote in a memorial post.
But Del Rio’s life of service didn’t come to an end before he was able to give one final gift — the gift of life, of a second chance for others — by donating his organs.
“Earlier today at Grandview Hospital, Det. Del Rio acted to save lives through the generous gift of organ donation,” the post continued.
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Det. Jorge Del Rio who succumbed to a line of duty injury today November 7, 2019. Earlier today at Grandview Hospital, Det. Del Rio acted to save lives through the generous gift of organ donation.
Details on funeral services to come pic.twitter.com/au6xeuSj4l
— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) November 7, 2019
Chief Biehl made a statement to the press on Wednesday, providing tragic news surrounding the condition of the gravely injured detective. He stated Dayton Police Detective Jorge DelRio’s injuries from the shooting were so severe that they were “not survivable”.
UPDATED: Dayton Police Detective Jorge DelRio, a 30 year law enforcement veteran, remains in critical grave condition and is on advanced life-support. He was shot twice to his face. Our prayers continue https://t.co/UIa9d265Yl
— True Blue Warriors (@TruBluWarriors) November 5, 2019
Biehl announced the plan for Del Rio to donate his organs when he passed.
“After a life of dedicated public service, Jorge will continue to give of himself to the greater community by being an organ donor upon his death,” Biehl said during the briefing.
City leaders asked for prayers for the family of the 30-year veteran of the force.
“His work had impact regionally, nationally and internationally. He was that good at what he did, he loved what he did. I, for a brief moment, decided we needed to rotate detectives around and we reassigned him over a decade ago and i got so many calls from our federal partners saying please put Jorge back because he was just that good at what he did and he loved what he did. And it showed in his work, it showed in his professionalism,” said Biehl.
Detective DelRio was serving a drug-related warrant as part of a DEA task force at a home where a large amount of Fentanyl and cash was later recovered.
#OfficerShot – Just before 7pm a DPD detective, who is part of a DEA task force, was shot while serving a drug related search warrant on Ruskin Rd. The detective is in critical condition. There are 5 ppl being interviewed
— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) November 5, 2019
“We’re serving a warrant with the DEA. We need a medic,” an officer was heard over the scanners telling a 9-1-1 dispatcher.
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According to 9-1-1 audio captured from digital police and fire radio communications, fellow officers loaded the victim in a police cruiser and drove the officer to Grandview Medical Center because it was closer to the scene.
We have confirmed a Dayton PD task force officer was shot serving a DEA warrant.
— Danielle Malagarie (@Danielle247now) November 5, 2019
Five people are now under arrest, according to Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. Four of them have been booked into Montgomery County Jail.
Those four are Nathan S. Goddard Jr., 39; Courtney L. Allen, 34; Cahke W. Cortner Sr., 39; and Lionel L. Combs III, 40.
In addition to capturing their suspects, police additionally found and seized three loaded guns, 13 kilos of suspected fentanyl and cocaine, more than 51 pounds of marijuana and more than $51,000 in cash.
Investigators say that Goddard is responsible for pulling the trigger.
“Today is a very difficult day for the Dayton Police Department and our federal partners,” the chief said.
Police say the people arrested have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting and drug activity.
“Everybody who was in that structure is in custody,” Biehl said.
According to Biehl, the police department’s Bureau of Professional Standards will handle part of the administrative investigation related to the Dayton police officers who were on scene.
The shooting remains under investigation and is being handled by Dayton homicide detectives.
On Wednesday we also received news that a police chief had been killed after he was struck by a vehicle.
Mr. Scott Korthuis, the Mayor of the city of Lynden, sadly reports the death of Interim Chief Michael Knapp.
Chief Knapp, 79, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a pedestrian and vehicle crash.
According to reports, Chief Knapp was crossing the street at the intersection of Fourth and Grover Streets to attend a special city council meeting for the appointment of a permanent police chief.
As he was crossing the street, the law enforcement official was struck by a Chevrolet pickup truck that was being operated by a 19-year-old male.
The vehicle did not have any lights operating at the time of the crash. Police said that the driver remained at the scene following the collision. He is fully cooperating with authorities, sources said.
Chief Knapp sustained critical injuries in the crash and he was immediately flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition.
Knapp underwent emergency surgery and remained in the intensive care unit until he passed away the following morning.
The crash is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol.
Chief Knapp served the Lynden Police Department for six months. He had previously served as Chief of Police in the city of Ferndale for 11 years. Chief Knapp is survived by his wife.
Chief Michael Knapp is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Wednesday, November 6, 2019.