Police chief: Wounded Dayton detective’s injuries ‘not survivable’


DAYTON, Ohio – A Dayton police detective who has been fighting for his life after being shot while serving as part of a DEA task force is not expected to survive, according to Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl.

But his dedication to service won’t go to the grave with him. He’s got one final gift before his life of service comes to a close.

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 are so severe that they are “not survivable”.


Despite the sadness of the announcement, family members of the Dayton law enforcement official are happy to know that he’s planned to donate his organs, providing one final offering of putting others before himself.

“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.

DelRio currently remains on advanced life support, according to a report by the Dayton Daily News. 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.


“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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Police chief: Wounded Dayton detective's injuries 'not survivable'


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.


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.

“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.

Police chief: Wounded Dayton detective's injuries 'not survivable'
Police say that Goddard was responsible for firing the weapon that ultimately led to the loss of a beloved police detective. He is currently behind bars with no bond. (Dayton Police Department)



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