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Police Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. | Danville Police Department, Ohio Danville Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr.

Danville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 373

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: In custody

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Police Officer Thomas Cottrell was shot and killed from ambush behind the village's municipal building shortly after 11:00 pm.

At approximately 11:20 pm dispatchers received a call from a female subject stating that police officers in Danville were in danger. She stated her ex-boyfriend was armed and intended to kill a police officer.

Dispatchers were unable to reach Officer Cottrell on the radio. A massive search was initiated involving officers from other nearby agencies. His body was found behind the village's municipal building approximately 30 minutes later. His service weapon and patrol car had been stolen.

Officers took the suspect into custody at approximately 1:30 am after spotting him running from a home in the village.

Officer Cottrell had served in law enforcement for 13 years. Prior to joining the Danville Police Department he served with the Frazeysburg Police Department, Thornville Police Department, and Utica Police Department. He is survived by his three children, mother, father, stepmother, and several siblings.

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Brother in Blue,
Our department not only lost a good officer but also a good friend. For all your work, time and dedication to your fellow man, your rewards are in Heaven. Forever missed.
Chief Dan Weckesser
Sgt. Chad Lishness
Cpl. Lisa Lyons
Officer Kevin Henthorn
Officer Mark Perkins
Officer Josh Abshire
Chief Monte Vance (retired)
Officer Russell Dreher

Chief Daniel J. Weckesser
Danville Police Department
May 9, 2016


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