Deputy Sheriff Matthew Yates was shot and killed while responding to shots fired call at the 1100 block of Ashwood Drive in South Charleston. At 10:51 am, Clark County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting that a female subject had broken into a residence and fired five or six shots.
When Deputy Yates and other deputies attempted to check the mobile home, they were met with gunfire. Deputy Yates was shot inside the trailer and was trapped inside for hours during the
standoff with the subject. Clark County Special Operations and other tactical teams were called to rescue him.
Deputy Yates was flown to the Miami Valley Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Deputy Yates had served with the Clark County Sheriff's Office for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two stepsons, and father, who retired from the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
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Police Officer Dominic Francis was struck and killed by a vehicle while deploying spike strips near mile marker 142 on southbound I-75 at about 2:30 am.
Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol had started pursuing the vehicle on State Route 15 after attempting a traffic stop. The vehicle fled onto I-75 and reached speeds exceeding 130 mph before striking Office Francis.
The three occupants of the vehicle then fled the scene on foot. Al three were taken into custody over the next 10 hours.
Officer Francis had served in law enforcement for 19 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
On Monday, April 11, 2022, Lieutenant Philip M Wigal responded to the scene of a vehicle accident on I-71 southbound. While at the scene, a trooper was performing an administrative inventory of the crash vehicle while Lieutenant Wigal was completing documentation for their report. At approximately 3:59 p.m., while finishing these tasks, a southbound commercial vehicle struck the left rear of the fire apparatus, the patrol vehicle and the vehicle involved in the crash. Lieutenant Wigal was pronounced deceased at the scene.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Detective James Skernivitz was shot and killed at about 10:00 pm in the area of West 65th Street and Storer Avenue while working in an undercover capacity as part of a federal task force supporting Operation Legend.
An informant who was with Detective Skernivitz was also killed when three subjects approached the vehicle and attempted to rob them. Two juveniles and an adult were arrested and charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and felonious assault.
Detective Skernivitz had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for 22 years. He was assigned to the Gang Impact Unit and the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Police Officer Brandon Stalker was shot and killed at about 6:30 pm during a barricade involving an arson suspect.
At approximately 2:20 am the front doors of the historic Rosary Cathedral had been set on fire and racial statements were spray painted onto the walls. At approximately 3:30 pm officers spotted the suspect near his house in the 2300 block of Fulton Street and attempted to talk to him. The man drew a handgun and ran into a home where he barricaded himself inside.
The department's SWAT team responded to the scene and, after negotiations failed, fired a chemical irritant into the home in an attempt to force him outside. The man emerged from the home holding two handguns and opened fire. Officer Stalker, who was on a perimeter position, was struck in the head and fatally wounded.
Other officers returned fire and killed the subject.
Officer Stalker had served with the Toledo Police Department for 2-1/2 years. He is survived by his two children and fiancée.
Police Officer Anthony Dia was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a Home Depot store at 1035 West Alexis Road at about 12:30 am.
A drunk subject had started to harass participants of an informal car show that was in the parking lot of the store. Officer Dia was the first officer on the scene and attempted to contact the subject. The man produced a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Dia in the chest. Despite his wounds, Officer Dia was able to return fire as the man fled.
The subject fled into a nearby wooded area where he committed suicide.
Witnesses to the shooting began to provide medical aid to Officer Dia. Another responding officer transported him to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Dia had served with the Toledo Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Mercy Health Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and parents.
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