Sheriff’s deputy gets shot in the face during a fight with a suspect – and still manages to take down the bad guy


LIMA, OH – Even though he or she was shot in the face, an Allen County sheriff’s deputy managed to take down a combative suspect in a firefight.

According to a press release from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, the incident unfolded at approximately 2:30 am on the morning of Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

In Lima, OH, an unidentified sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop on 2nd Street.

A short pursuit followed after the vehicle fled the scene.

A few blocks later, the driver of the vehicle left the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

The deputy pursued the suspect on foot, and “a struggle ensued between the deputy and suspect.”

According to a preliminary investigation, the suspect was armed with a gun.  There was an exchange of gunfire, and the deputy was shot in the face.

However, in the firefight, the suspect was struck by gunfire and died.

The deputy was initially transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment, and was then transferred to a Columbus-area hospital for further treatment.

Steve Irwin, Press Secretary for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, reported that the deputy’s injuries “appeared to be serious but not life-threatening.”

According to, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office has declined to identify the deputy or the suspect at this time.

LimaOhio continues by explaining:

“According to Steve Irwin, Press Secretary for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the identity of an officer involved in a shooting incident is not released during the investigation since that officer is still considered a suspect in the investigation.”

According to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office press release, Sheriff Matthew Treglia has ordered the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to lead the investigation into the shooting.

Press Secretary Irwin told LimaOhio:

“While each investigation is unique, investigations into officer-involved shootings can often involve 400 manhours of work.”

He continued:

“We make no finding of appropriateness [of an officer-involved shooting].”

Irwin explained that the case will be referred to the county prosecutor after the investigation is completed.  The county prosecutor will then determine whether charges will be filed.

Another sheriff’s deputy was recently shot after a foot pursuit.  Sadly, in this case, the deputy did not survive.

This tragic news comes from Pittsville, MD.

According to a press release from the Maryland State Police, the shooting occurred at approximately 8:30 pm on the night of Sunday, June 12.

Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard located a suspect, Austin Jacob Allen Davidson, near some apartments.

Davidson was wanted for four outstanding warrants.

After a “brief foot pursuit,” Davidson reportedly shot Deputy Hilliard, then fled the scene.

After transport to a nearby hospital, Hilliard was declared deceased.

An “extensive manhunt” ensued, during which Davidson turned himself in approximately two hours after the deadly shooting of Hilliard.

Davidson has been charged with “first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and the use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.”

He is being held without bond.

Davidson’s alleged murder of Hilliard has resulted in backlash against Baltimore authorities who set him free two years ago after he pled guilty to armed robbery he committed as a teen.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn opted to choose probation before judgement in Davidson’s armed robbery case.  Davidson, instead of being imprisoned, only faced “three years of supervised probation.”

The Baltimore Sun reports further:

“At a news conference Monday where they announced Davidson’s arrest and mourned Hilliard’s death, officials including [Maryland Governor Larry] Hogan, a Republican, and Republican Sheriff Mike Lewis decried the sentence imposed by the Baltimore judge as lenient. 

“Lewis said Davidson belonged in prison and would not have been able to kill his deputy had he been behind bars. 

“Hogan blasted state Democratic lawmakers for not passing legislation to institute stiffer penalties for those convicted of gun crimes.”

Thousands in the Wicomico County community gathered on Tuesday, June 21, to pay their respects to Hilliard, WJZ13 reports.

In addition, Hilliard was posthumously awarded the “Wicomico County Medal of Valor for conspicuous acts of bravery above and beyond the call of duty.”

He was also posthumously promoted to corporal.

His obituary read:

“His love of family had no limits. He cherished his children, who were also his best friends, which he physically demonstrated daily. He prized his wife, Tashica, rarely rejecting any of her requests….

“He fearlessly and proactively lived and died by the oath he swore to protect and serve.”

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‘Murdered by a coward’: Two police officers shot to death in ambush at a California motel

Originally published June 15, 2022

EL MONTE, CA – Two El Monte police officers were shot and killed Tuesday night on a domestic disturbance call to a motel and now the community and law enforcement across California are in mourning.

The officers responded to a possible stabbing at the Siesta Inn near Garvey and Central avenues just before 5 p.m. Tuesday and were immediately confronted with a man who began firing at them inside a motel room, according to Deputy David Yoo, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


The Sheriff’s Department was assisting El Monte Police with the investigation.

The suspect fled the room to the parking lot, where more gunfire was exchanged. The suspect was hit by gunfire and died at the scene, detectives said. A handgun thought to be the suspect’s was recovered.

Authorities confirmed the male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. A body covered by a sheet could be seen in the parking lot.

The two officers were rushed to LA County-USC Medical Center, where they died from their injuries.

Officials said the two officers had been ambushed. The Sheriff’s Department later confirmed that the call to the motel was for “a welfare check of a possible female stabbed at the location.”

El Monte Mayor Jessica Ancona held a press conference Tuesday night to discuss the shooting. Ancona said:

“They were acting as a first line of defense for our community members when they were essentially ambushed while trying to keep a family safe.” 


Officials said a woman involved in the call about a possible stabbing was the suspect’s girlfriend and is being interviewed by detectives. She was not injured in the incident.

Neither the officers have been identified. Authorities did say that one of the officers had more than two decades of experience on the force while the second officer had less than a year on the job.

Information on the suspect’s identity was not immediately available.

A joint statement was released Tuesday night by the city of El Monte, the El Monte Police Department and the El Monte Police Officers Association. It said:

“There are no words to describe our grief and devastation by this senseless act as we learned about the passing of two of our police officers. It weighs heavy on our hearts and we are sending our support to their families. We would also like to thank the El Monte community and our surrounding government agencies for the outpouring support we have received in the last few hours.”


El Monte interim Police Chief Ben Lowry called the officers heroes. He spoke outside the hospital:

“These two men were loved. They were good men. They paid the ultimate sacrifice, serving their community trying to help somebody.”

He said somberly:
“Today, they were murdered by a coward and we are grieving and that hurts.”

A procession of police vehicles with lights on began shortly after 11 p.m. as officers with the El Monte Police Department escorted the officers’ bodies from the hospital to the L.A. County Coroner’s office.

Family members of the officers were at the medical center where the officers were taken after the shooting. Onlookers said some were visibly distraught. A sheriff’s official with a folded American flag or flags arrived, according to reports.

Former longtime El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero, who served from 2009 to 2020, offered his condolences. He stated:

“I’m completely devastated to learn about the shooting of two of El Monte’s Police officers.  Details are still being investigated and reported.

“During my tenure as mayor, I had the opportunity to get to know many of them.  I broke bread with them, celebrated their heroic feats and watched as many safely made it to their end of watch.  Please keep these officers in your prayers.”


Tributes for the fallen officers have been posted on social media by other law enforcement agencies and supporters.

The targeting of police officers continues at a record pace and the deadly El Monte shooting came just one day after a California Highway Patrol officer was shot and critically wounded during a traffic stop in Studio City.

The 27-year-old officer was shot several times. He was in critical but stable condition at a hospital and was expected to recover, the CHP said. The suspect, Pejhmaun Iraj Khosroabadi, a 33-year-old military veteran, was found by police Tuesday morning in a tent at a homeless encampment in Van Nuys.


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