Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell shot dead, weapon and cruiser stolen

Ohio Police Officer Found Dead With Gun and Cruiser Missing

A police officer was found dead in Ohio with his gun and cruiser missing, authorities said early Monday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol had deployed extra units and aviation resources after the Danville officer was reported missing and possibly wounded late Sunday.

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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 Officer Thomas Cottrell shot dead, weapon and cruiser stolen
Danville police officer Thomas Cottrell (Photo via Danville Police Department)
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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.

The officer had been shot dead, according to NBC station WCMH.

Jones was taken into custody following a "foot chase" at around 1:36 a.m. after he was seen "running from a residence," the sheriff's office said.

It was not immediately clear if Jones had been charged with any crime or if Cottrell's weapon and cruiser had been recovered.

Cottrell was one of six officers in the Danville Police Department, according to the force's website.

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