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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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First and foremost THANK YOU!!! Your Sacrifice and Service are greatly appreciated...The Ultimate price you have paid does not go unappreciated. Brother in Blue, our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Through your Sacrifice you have united us together and we are stronger now for it... We are uniting now more than ever, as we reach out to comfort one another in a sea of blue. As Communities come together across the US to honor and appreciate our law enforcement, this could not have taken place without you. Thank you again with Love, Appreciation, and much Respect. Rest In Peace Brother In Blue.

Elizabeth Mathews
Law Enforcement Wife
September 22, 2016


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