Dayton officer shot: Flags to be flown at half-staff to honor Det. Del Rio

Published: Thursday, November 07, 2019 @ 2:57 PM

Tributes to Det. Del Rio show up across city

In honor of the death of Dayton police Det. Jorge Del Rio’s death, Gov. DeWine has ordered that U.S. and Ohio flags be flown at half-staff.

Flags will be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds in Montgomery County and the Ohio Statehouse until sunset Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Other public buildings and grounds throughout the state can fly the flags at half-staff at their discretion for the same period, DeWine said.

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Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl announced Del Rio’s death Thursday afternoon.

The detective was critically injured Monday evening while serving a warrant as part of a DEA task force.

Flag at half-staff outside Dayton Police building

Funeral services will take place next week.

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Multiple public officials throughout Ohio and the Miami Valley offered their thoughts and prayers to Del Rio, his family and the Dayton Police Department, including the following:

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley:

“The entire Dayton community mourns with Det. Jorge Del Rio's family and colleagues. We are all grateful for his service and heroism. In the midst of this pain, we have heard many stories of his kindness, his dedication to service and his love for this community. The Commission and I hold the Del Rio family in our prayers.”

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Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein:

“On behalf of the entire City organization, we offer our deep condolences to the family of Det. Del Rio. To lose such an extraordinary public servant is heartbreaking. Let us all honor Jorge’s work by resembling the man that he was — compassionate, dedicated and committed to family and community.”

Gov. Mike DeWine:

“Fran and I send our deepest condolences to the Del Rio family, and the Dayton Police Department on the death of Det. Del Rio. He leaves a distinguished legacy of service to his community.”

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Sen. Ron Portman:

“Jane and I were saddened to hear the news today regarding Det. Del Rio. As a 30-year veteran of the force, he represented the best of the best. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and your entire team. The Dayton police have already been through so much this year. I am proud of the service and sacrifices you and your officers continue to make on behalf of Dayton. Please know that you all have my full support.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown:

“Connie and I are heartbroken to hear of the death of Det. Del Rio. His loss is felt throughout the Dayton community, which has already experienced too much tragedy this year. Our hearts remain with Det. Del Rio’s friends and family during this difficult time, as well as his fellow officers.”

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Keith Martin, DEA special agent in charge, Detroit Field Division:

“The death of DEA Task Force Officer Jorge Del Rio is a huge loss to the DEA family and the entire law enforcement community. Our deepest condolences go out to his family. For nearly 30 years, Jorge worked tirelessly to safeguard our community from dangerous drug trafficking organizations and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
Chris Melink, former supervisory agent of Dayton DEA office:

“I continue to hold you and the Dayton police community in my thoughts and prayers. From my time, Jorge, regardless of agency, brought people together, with you I celebrate his life, his contributions and his sacrifice! He was special indeed. Like all my interactions with Dayton PD, he was a team player! And his law enforcement contributions notwithstanding, he also adored his family...a good person in both uniform and at home. Such a tragic loss for Dayton and all of us who called him a friend.”

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U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers:

“We continue our thoughts and prayers for those closest to Det. Del Rio. We will remain focused on seeking justice for him, his family and the Dayton Police Department.”

Ben Glassman, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio:

“Det. Del Rio gave his life defending the Constitution and laws of the U.S., after having spent decades working — and risking his life — in support of the same noble goal. A consummate professional beloved by those with whom he worked on the DEA task force and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Det. Del Rio embodied the ideal of federal and local cooperation. I personally prosecuted several cases that he investigated. This is very hard. I grieve his loss.”

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Vipal Patel, first assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio:

“DEA Task Force Officer and Dayton Police Department Det. Jorge Del Rio was a witness in one of my first trials in the Dayton office... in 2005. It was a case against a drug dealer, of course, Det. Del Rio told it like it was. No doubt, his investigatory work on the case, and his unbiased testimony about what he did and found, went a long way to holding that drug dealer accountable for the poison he was pumping into our community. Det. Del Rio has been serving our community with work like that ever since. Where do people like him come from? The ones who continue down the stairs? What a debt of gratitude we owe them.”