Funeral arrangements announced for Dayton police detective shot in line of duty

Updated: Nov. 7, 2019 at 5:44 PM EST
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DAYTON, Ohio (FOX19) - Funeral arrangements for a Dayton police detective who was shot in the line of duty have been announced.

Detective Jorge Del Rio, 55, was gravely wounded while serving a drug-related search warrant earlier this week and died Thursday, police said in a tweet.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered at the hospital Thursday morning to honor and bid farewell to him, according to a news release from the city of Dayton.

“We (Dayton Police) have not even begun to adjust to a professional and personal life that includes Jorge’s absence. That is even truer for his family, friends and loved ones who were blessed to know Jorge and to benefit from his warm, generous spirit," said the release.

Del Rio was a 30-year veteran with the Dayton Police Department and a member of a DEA Task Force.

The police department says Del Rio leaves behind his wife Kathy, five daughters, three granddaughters, and another grandchild on the way.

The viewing for Del Rio will be 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday at the University of Dayton Arena, 1801 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45417.

His funeral will be at the arena noon to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.

A final salute will be held after the funeral service in the lot of the arena.

A procession of marked and unmarked law enforcement vehicles will accompany Del Rio’s body back to the funeral home.

Law enforcement from throughout the state and nation, as well as elected officials and others, are expected to come to pay their respects at his services.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said the city is grateful for Del Rio’s service and heroism.

“In the midst of this pain, we have heard many stories of his kindness, his dedication to service, and his love for this community. The Commission and I hold the Del Rio family in our prayers,” Whaley said

Gov. Mike DeWine said he and his wife, Fran, send their deepest condolences to the Del Rio family and the Dayton Police Department.

He also ordered U.S. flags and state flags to be lowered.

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Four men are being held at the Montgomery County Jail facing federal charges in connection with the incident. A juvenile who also was taken into custody was released without being charged.

The men were identified Tuesday as Nathan S. Goddard Jr., 39; Courtney L. Allen, 34; Cahke W. Cortner Sr., 39; and Lionel L. Combs III, 40.

Del Rio and other officers and agents encountered them when they arrived at a residence in the 1400 block of Ruskin Road just before 7 p.m. Monday.

Officers and detectives worked to secure anyone inside the home but, upon going downstairs, agents came under gunfire from a person in the basement, Chief Richard Biehl said.

Del Rio managed to fire his weapon after he was struck, he said. He was the only one shot.

Fellow officers put Del Rio into a cruiser and took him to Grandview Medical Center because it was closest, according to radio traffic released Tuesday.

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