Danville officer shot and killed, suspect ID’d

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 10:20 PM
Published: Monday, January 18, 2016 @ 6:30 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

            Danville officer shot and killed, suspect ID’d
Authorities are investigating after a Danville officer was shot and killed in the small town located in Knox County. VIDEO: provided by WBNS-TV.

UPDATE @ 6:30 a.m.

Herschel Jones III has been identified as the alleged suspect in the shooting death of Danville police officer Thomas Cottrell, according to a release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Cottrell was found dead at 11:47 p.m. Sunday behind the Danville Municipal Building — less than 30 minutes after the dispatch center received a call from a female in Danville stating that the police officers in Danville were in danger.

She said that her ex-boyfriend, Herschel Ray Jones, had left with weapons and was looking to kill an officer, the release said. Dispatch personnel attempted to make contact with the Danville officer, but were unsuccessful. Deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office searched the village.

When Cottrell was found, his weapon and cruiser had been stolen.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. this morning, Jones III was observed running from a residence on E. Washington Street. After a short foot chase, Jones III was taken into custody by officers in the area of the Danville Park.

A female outside of the residence was interviewed by officers and later released.

Officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and B.C.I. are investigating the incident.

UPDATE @ 5:45 a.m.

Officials in Knox County have identified the Danville police officer killed in the line of duty as Thomas Cottrell.

UPDATE @ 4:10 a.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed an officer found shot in Danville has died.

The shooting prompted a statewide alert after the officer and police cruiser went missing around midnight in the village located in Knox County.

The officer, who has not yet been identified, was found shot outside the Danville Municipal Building.

The shooting suspect is also reported in custody after a two-hour search.

UPDATE @ 3:25 a.m.

While our newsroom has not received an official update on the condition of the shot officer, Franklin County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert said on Twitter the officer has died.

Gilbert tweeted “Prayers for Ohio’s first fallen officer for 2016 a Danville PD Officer was shot/killed this evening in Knox County.”

Danville is a village in Knox County with a population just over 1,000 according to the 2010 census.

UPDATE @ 2:15 a.m.

The suspect accused in the shooting of a missing Danville police officer is in custody.

Our news partner WBNS-TV in Columbus reports the suspect was arrested in Danville shortly before 2 a.m. after a two-hour long search.

Officials said the officer was found shot outside the Danville Municipal Building and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation heading to the scene to investigate.

We’ll continue to update this page as new information becomes available.


A statewide alert has been issued by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for a stolen police cruiser from Knox County and a missing Danville police officer that may be injured.

Our news partner WBNS-TV in Columbus reports troopers said the missing officer was on duty at the time and his hat was found in the area with blood on it.

No information has been released about on how badly injured the officer may be, where he is, or if he’s with the missing cruiser. Information on a potential suspect was also not released.

Danville is located in Knox County and is over an hour drive northeast of Columbus.

We’re monitoring this breaking story and will update this page when new information is available.

2-year-old hit by car in same area where girl 11, was fatally struck

Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 8:25 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 8:05 p.m.

The 2-year-old boy ran into the street this afternoon while he and his babysitter were headed to a barbecue fundraiser for the 11-year-old girl fatally struck by a car, the babysitter said.

The babysitter is not being named because she is a juvenile.

Shawn Parker, one of the organizers for the benefit held at Dayton Automotive Service, 1947 N. Main St., said he is a relative of Makyla White and said he also knows the 2-year-old boy hit today.

“(The boy) was 2, Kyla was 11. How can a 2-year-old survive getting hit by a car and then an 11-year-old be hit by a car” who was killed? “Speeding was a factor in Kyla’s death. … She died because that man was speeding, that’s why she didn’t survive,” he said.

Parker said the woman driver today tried to stop to avoid hitting the 2-year-old boy, and that she had been obeying the speed limit, which he credits for saving the child’s life when he ran into the street.

Speeding is a general problem in the area. Parker said he’s even been holding signs saying “Slow down for Kyla” but that drivers still speed past him.

“They need to put another light right here. Another light, save a life,” Parker said.

The fundraiser held today is to cover funeral and burial costs for Makyla, and he said they are close to reaching the goal, though he declined to say the specific cost.

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.

“A little kid just ran out in the road and he got hit by a car,” a caller told a 911 dispatcher.

The caller said the driver of a red Saturn stopped and was still on scene after striking the young boy. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of North Main Street in Dayton.

“He’s 2 … he’s awake, he’s alert,” the caller said, adding the child was bleeidng from his nose following the accident.


A 2-year-old child was hit by a car this afternoon in the same block where an 11-year-old girl was fatally struck earlier this month.

The 2-year-old was struck around 3:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of North Main Street in Dayton. The young child was awake and breathing and was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. The child’s name, gender and condition were not available.

Makyla White was hit by a car and dragged several feet Oct. 12 while trying to cross the 2000 block of North Main Street. She died of her injuries Oct. 14 at Miami Valley Hospital.

Police have said the section of North Main Street where the accident occurred has been identified as a problem because of the high incidents of speeding as well as jaywalking. Police also have said crosswalks are often ignored.

Gas station shooting victim not cooperating with police

Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 5:41 PM
Published: Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 5:34 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m. (Oct. 23)

The man shot while pumping gas late Friday night is still a patient at Miami Valley Hospital.

The condition of the 31-year-old victim is not being released.

Police said on Saturday the victim is not cooperating with investigators.

According to the police report, the man was shot while pumping gas at the Shell, 4125 W. Third St.

The victim’s car — A white 2004 Cadillac Deville — is registered to a different person, according to the report.

UPDATE @ 12:05 a.m. (Oct. 22)

A man shot Friday night while pumping gas is not cooperating with police, and his injuries are not considered life-threatening, Dayton police said early today.

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

A male was shot tonight while pumping gas at a Shell gas station.

The nozzle was off the hook at pump 6 and yellow crime scene tape surrounded the station, 4125 W. Third St., in Dayton.

Police found two shell casings on the ground, but don’t know whether the gunshot victim was shot once or twice. The victim was taken by private car to Miami Valley Hospital. Police were waiting word on his condition, Sgt. Matthew Osterday said.


Police are surrounding a Shell gas station with yellow crime scene tape tonight following a report of a shooting.

The incident was reported around 11:20 p.m. in the area of Gettysburg Avenue and West Third Street in Dayton. One person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

The gunshot victim’s name, age, gender and condition were not available.

Dayton police: Man leaves party, gets shot during robbery try

Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 5:09 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

            Dayton police: Man leaves party, gets shot during robbery try
Shooting reported on Home Avenue in Dayton

A 26-year-0ld man told police he had just left a house party when he was shot while trying to flee a would-be robber.

The man said the incident happened just before 4:10 a.m. Saturday in the 2100 block of Home Avenue while he was headed home from the party.

The gunshot victim said he was walking in an alley when a male he did not know said, “give me all you got,” according to the Dayton police report. The man said he ran and then heard a gunshot. The round struck him in the left forearm, the report stated.

Fire was 2nd in same night at vacant Dayton duplex

Updated: Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 11:29 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 11:25 p.m.

Dayton firefighters were called twice in the same night at a vacant duplex.

Crews were called around 10:10 p.m. in South McGee street between East Third and Fourth streets. The house had its front windows boarded.

“This is a suspicious fire,” District Chief James Rose said. “It’s a vacant duplex. It’s our second time out here today. We were here earlier, maybe three of four hours ago, for a smaller attempt at an arson … but they were a little more successful this second time around.”

An arson investigator is on scene and will be talking to neighbors and any other witnesses and following up on all leads and tips, the district chief said.

Fires at vacant residences do not happen in just one section of town, he said.

“It’s a problem anyplace there are vacant structures. Wherever you find vacants, you find vacant house fires,” Rose said.


Crews were called tonight to a report of a house fire.

The blaze was reported around 10:10 p.m. on South McGee Street between East Third and Fourth streets. One witness said he could see flames shooting several feet in the air from the roof of the house, which had boards over its windows.