Police Officers Killed In Ohio, Utah; First Two On-Duty Deaths This Year


Police officers were shot to death on Sunday in Ohio and Utah, the New York Times reports. Officer Thomas Cottrell of Danville, Oh., and officer Doug Barney, an 18-year veteran of law enforcement in the Salt Lake City area, were the first on-duty fatalities this year, says the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit that tracks police deaths. Cottrell was found dead 20 minutes after a woman told a police dispatcher that her ex-boyfriend was armed and looking to kill a police officer. When his body was found, both his service weapon and police car were missing. The ex-boyfriend, Herschel Ray Jones, 32, was taken into custody yesterday.

In Utah, Barney, 44, was shot and killed by “a violent fugitive who had fled the scene of a traffic accident” in the town of Holladay, the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake said on Facebook. Another officer, Jon Richey, 51, was struck in the legs by a bullet. The suspect, Cory Lee Henderson, 31, was shot and killed as he exchanged gunfire with the officers. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 129 officers were killed in 2015, with 41 deaths caused by gunfire, two of them accidental.

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