TOLEDO, Ohio — An Ohio police officer has died after a shooting standoff with a suspect, the Toledo Police Department said Monday. Chief George Kral identified the officer as 24-year-old Brandon Stalker, Law Officer reported. According to Kral, Stalker was hit once by the suspect, who brandished two firearms while leaving a house which he entered after an exchange with police.
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“This is a very dark and horrific day for the city of Toledo,” Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said at the press conference.
At around 3:53 p.m. ET, officers noticed the suspect, wanted in an earlier vandalization and arson at a city cathedral, having a cigarette on Fulton Street.
According to abc13, the historic Rosary Cathedral was vandalized with graffiti that read “Jesus is Black” and “Black Jesus.” The damage was reportedly estimated to cost $5,100. Kral said police had warrants out for the suspect.
After Stalker and at least one other officer approached the suspect, he brandished a firearm and entered a home.
Police set up a perimeter and called in negotiators and swat teams.
Officer Stalker, who was on a perimeter position, was struck in the head and fatally wounded. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject, according to ODMP. The suspect was identified as 27-year-old, Christopher Harris, Fox 8 in Cleveland reported.
Officer Stalker had served with the Toledo Police Department for 2-1/2 years. He is survived by his child and fiancée.