Toledo Police Officer killed in the line of duty
Toledo police are mourning one of their own this Fourth of July weekend after Officer Anthony Dia, 26, was killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance at the Home Depot on W. Alexis Road just after midnight Saturday.
According to police, Ofc. Dia was called to the Home Depot parking lot after reports a man who was reportedly intoxicated. Ofc. Dia reportedly approached the seemingly intoxicated man when, according to witnesses, the suspect fired a shot at Ofc. Dia, striking him. The officer was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
Police say Ofc. Dia was wearing his body armor at the time of the shooting.
Officers remained on the scene of the incident to investigate and search for the suspect. Some time later, according to police, those officers heard a gunshot coming from a wooded area nearby and discovered the suspect's body just after 3 a.m. It was determined that he had died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police sources identified the suspect as 57-year-old Edward Henry.
Officer Dia is the 31st Toledo Police officer to be killed in the line of duty. The last was Detective Keith Dressel, who was shot and killed in 2007.
Ofc. Dia joined the Toledo Police Department in July 2018. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
“Today is a sad day for the City of Toledo, it’s a sad day for the Toledo Police Department, and most importantly it’s a sad day for the family, friends, loved ones, and fellow officers of Ofc. Anthony Dia, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting his city tonight,” said Toledo police chief George Kral.
Toledo mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz echoed the chief's sentiments in a statement, saying, "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."
The Lucas County Commissioners likewise issued a statement saying, in part: "We ask all of Lucas County to pray for his family and for his fellow Toledo Police Department brothers and sisters.
"This is a tragic and heartbreaking reminder of the risks that our brave law enforcement officers face every day. This is an unimaginable loss for our community."
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all flags in Lucas County and at the statehouse flown at half staff until Ofc. Dia's funeral this week.
"Officer Dia lost his life doing what police do during every watch of their lives — trying to help someone," said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost in a statement. "His memory will stand tall forever, a man who was fulfilling his duty in his final act. My heart breaks for the family he left behind."
at John F. Savage Arena on the University of Toledo campus, followed by a private burial. While the memorial is open to members of Dia's family and his faith-based community, along with police officers and firefighters, there are plans to livestream the service.
Memorials for Ofc. Dia have since
throughout the city as community members seek to honor his sacrifice.