Unfortunately, we have a bit of bad news to report today. News from the state of Ohio has put the whole country in mourning. This weekend, a 31 year old police officers by the name of Justin Leo was fatally shot responding to a domestic dispute.
After news about this broke out, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Special Agent James Ciotti held a press conference during which he explained that Leo was responding to a “a domestic situation involving a firearm,” around 10 p.m. He added:
“Upon arrival, officers approached the residence. There was a brief conversation between the officers and a male inside. Initial reports indicate the man pulled a gun and shot a Girard police officer. The second officer returned fire and the male inside was hit and pronounced dead at the scene.”
Ciotti went on to say that Leo died from the gunshot wound at the hospital. A man who lived nearby the place of the shooting told the news station:
“Out of nowhere, one shot rang out. And then immediately, three more shots.”
All information about the shooting are still not made public, the identity of the suspect for one is still unknown. However, police officers are doing all they can to investigate all circumstances surrounding the shooting.
The officer who called the “officer down” also said that the suspect was an armed man who had been drinking all day. Fortunately, he did not hurt anyone other than the police officer.
During the press conference, Mayor James Melfi said that Leo was going to check on the domestic dispute call that said a man allegedly threatened his girlfriend and her children, reports America’s Freedom Fighters. The Mayor added:
“Justin Leo was a young man I knew most of his life. An absolute gentleman and someone who the city has been proud of since he had been here with us. Our communities, prayers and thoughts go out to Leo’s family.”
Officer Justin Leo died protecting and serving his community and we are forever in his debt for allowing us to sleep safely at night. The five-year veteran of the department will not be forgotten easily.
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