(7-4-20) Toledo Police Department Officer Anthony Dia (26) was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a Home Depot store at 1035 West Alexis Road at around 12:30 am this morning.
A 57 year old 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 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.
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The subject fled into a nearby wooded area. Officers found the suspect about 3:15 a.m. dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.
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.
Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz
“Our hearts are broken today over the loss of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this morning. We are all in mourning, and we will never forget his sacrifice.”
Ohio Govenor Mike DeWine issued a statement Saturday morning regarding the officer’s death.
“Fran and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death last night of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia in the line of duty. We extend our sympathy to his wife and 2-year-old child, his other family members, and his colleagues in the Toledo Police Department. To honor the life and service of Officer Dia, I have ordered that the flags in Lucas County and at the statehouse be lowered to half staff beginning tomorrow and through his funeral service on Tuesday,”
Officer Dia is survived by his wife, two sons, and parents.