CINCINNATI — A Dayton Police Department officer who was shot Monday night during a search warrant execution will be taken off life support and become an organ donor, according to the department.
Detective Jorge DelRio remained on advanced life support as of Wednesday, the department said. He suffered injuries during the shooting that “are tragically not survivable.”
The Department of Justice said DelRio was shot by Nathan S. Goddard Jr., 39, when DelRio responded to Goddard’s residence to conduct a search warrant. Goddard was listed as an alleged source of supply of narcotics through an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Dayton resident office.
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DelRio was shot as he entered the home and started down some basement stairs, the department said. A fellow officer rushed DelRio to a hospital , where he was put on advanced life support.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said DelRio served at the Dayton Police Department for 30 years. He was sworn into the Dayton department on March 9, 1989. On May 15, 2000, he became a DEA task force officer in the narcotics bureau.
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Biehl said the officer’s file contained written commendations, a unit commendation and letters of appreciation.
“Detective Jorge DelRio dedicated his entire career to combating the illegal drugs that have plagued our community. There is no doubt that through his hard work and dedication, Detective DelRio has saved and changed countless lives. Through his own sacrifice and peril, Jorge exemplifies the Dayton Police Department’s motto: Honor through service, and service with honor,” he said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
Arrangements for the officer have not been announced.