Officer Thomas Cottrell was found dead without his service weapon or cruiser just before midnight, according to the Knox County Sheriff's department.
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Danville, Ohio police officer Thomas Cottrell shot dead
Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell shot dead, weapon and cruiser stolen
Danville police officer Thomas Cottrell (Photo via Danville Police Department)
Suspect Herschell Jones in custody for shooting death of Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell. Reports on #GDC https://t.co/mSTVW5QZ67
Prayers for Ohio's first fallen officer for 2016 a Danville PD Officer was shot/killed this evening in Knox County. https://t.co/s0gW5nKYqS
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell and the Danville Police Department.
#Breaking: Knox Co. Sheriff's Office confirms Danville officer Thomas Cottrell shot & killed. Team coverage on #GDC https://t.co/jgD2QMB9lz
Officer Thomas Cottrell killed by a man who allegedly "wanted to go kill a police officer".
RIP beautiful soul... https://t.co/l3I7FnsXXR
Sending love & support to family/friends of Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell. He was killed in line of duty. https://t.co/UiCQJm7on8
My gosh. This story about fallen Danville officer Thomas Cottrell just keeps getting worse. @DeanNarciso reporting. https://t.co/7GV3qdlYqQ
Rest In Peace Brother and GOD will watch over your family and friends. https://t.co/km6rJU0GMp
RIP PO Thomas Cottrell, #DanvillePolice #Ohio. PO Cottrell was shot and killed in the line of duty. https://t.co/VhNF764zuS
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It said dispatchers had received a tip-off from a female caller that Danville cops "were in danger" because her ex-boyfriend Herschel Jones had "left with weapons and was looking to kill an officer."
Dispatchers tried to reach the officer but were unsuccessful, the sheriff's office added. Sheriff's deputies searched the village of Danville and found Cottrell's body behind a municipal building 27 minutes after the initial call.