TOLEDO – A police officer was shot and killed early today, and officers were searching for a suspect believed to be the gunman, Chief Mike Navarre said.
Det. Keith Dressel, 35, was shot while patrolling the city’s north side with two other detectives around 2 a.m., Navarre said at a news conference.
When the detectives stopped their car to question two young people who looked suspicious, the pair started to run, Navarre said. One of them, a 19-year-old, was apprehended immediately, while Dressel pursued the other.
“There was an exchange of gunfire. We know that Detective Dressel did fire his weapon. We do not know if the suspect was hit with any of those shots that were fired,” Navarre told reporters.
Dressel was hit one time in the chest, the chief said, and was taken to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just after 2:30 a.m.
Officers were searching for a 15-year-old suspect and had looked in a number of houses, following up on leads, Navarre said.
Dressel joined the force in 1993 and was assigned to the vice and narcotics bureau. He was the first Toledo officer to die in the line of duty since 1970, Navarre said.
“It is truly a very sad day for the Toledo police department and for the city of Toledo,” the chief said.