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Ohio Veteran Detective Who Was Shot Twice During Drug Raid Has Died: Reports

By Paula Liu

The Ohio veteran detective who was shot twice in the face during a drug raid has passed away, according to a statement issued by the Dayton Police Department.

The tweet on the Dayton Police Department twitter page read that the department was “heartbroken to announce the passing of [Detective] Jorge Del Rio who succumbed to a line of duty injury today November 7, 2019.”

Del Rio also donated his organs before he died, according to the tweet.

“We have not even begun to adjust to a professional or personal life, that does not include George’s presence,” said Richard Biehl, the Dayton Police Chief, according to CNN.

“Fran and I send our deepest condolences to the DelRio family and the Dayton Police Department on the death of Detective DelRio. He leaves a distinguished legacy of service to his community,” said Mike DeWine, the governor of Ohio. DeWine also requested that in Montgomery County, all the U.S. and state flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of the late police officer, according to CNN.

“In honor of the life and service of [Dayton Police] Det. Jorge Del Rio, I have ordered that all U.S. and #Ohio flags be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds in Montgomery Co., and at the @OhioStatehouse, Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower until sunset on 11-12-19,” DeWine wrote in a tweet.

The 55-year-old veteran officer had been serving in the police department for 30 years, according to Daily Mail, and was serving an arrest warrant with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on the evening of Nov. 4 when he was shot twice in the face. In a previous report by ABC Chicago, Del Rio was shot when entering the basement of the house.

According to the outlet, Del Rio was immediately transported to a nearby hospital and was put on life support.

The person who shot the officer, Nathan Goddard, 39, was charged with felonious assault on a police officer, according to Daily Mail. Although initially charged with felonious assault, the news outlet reported that it may be upgraded into murder soon.

According to earlier reporting from ABC Chicago, for the initial charge of felonious assault on a federal officer, Goddard faces a maximum of 30 years for the charge, and the drug conspiracy charge has a minimum sentence of 20 years up to the maximum of life in prison.

Fox 19 reported that the other three men with Goddard—34-year-old Courtney L. Allen, 39-year-old Hahke W. Cortner, and 40-year-old Lionel L. Combs III—were also taken into custody, and charged with several crimes, including conspiracy to possess drugs and the distributing of drugs.

Authorities at the scene confiscated 19 pounds of fentanyl and 50 to 60 pounds of marijuana, according to Daily Mail. In addition, authorities also confiscated $51,000 from the house—$11,000 spread atop a coffee table and $40,000 in a duffle bag—along with two pistols.

A detention hearing was held on Nov. 8 for the three men, according to CNN.