Ohio Officer Found Dead With Weapon and Cruiser Missing

Danville Officer
Danville Police Department

A police officer was found dead in Ohio with his gun and cruiser missing, authorities said early Monday, NBC News reported.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's department, dispatchers had received a tip-off from a female caller that Danville cops "were in danger" because her ex-boyfriend Herschel Jones had "left with weapons and was looking to kill an officer."

Dispatchers tried to reach the officer but were unsuccessful, the sheriff's office added. Sheriff's deputies searched the village of Danville and found Thomas Cottrell's body behind a municipal building 27 minutes after the initial call. 

Jones was taken into custody following a "foot chase" at around 1:36 a.m., the sheriff's office said. It was not immediately clear if he had been charged with any crime or if Cottrell's weapon and cruiser had been recovered.

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