Outside the Mentor Police Department, the community is coming together to offer their condolences to the family and coworkers of the Mentor police officer who died in the line of the duty early Sunday morning while conducting a traffic stop.
The patrol car the officer was driving sits outside the police department with flowers, balloons and signs offering support to the department.
A cigar sits under the wiper of the Mentor Police cruiser turned into a memorial for one of their own. We’ve learned he’s a 16-year veteran of the department. A very emotional day in this tight-knit community. The latest at 11 on @WEWS. pic.twitter.com/keSYs9oMpE
— Mike Brookbank (@brookbanktv) June 25, 2018
Support for the fallen officer is growing beyond Northeast Ohio as other law enforcement agencies react to the devastating news.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the @MentorPolice and the greater Cleveland Area law enforcement agencies this afternoon. This is the 3rd Ohio police officer to be killed in the line of duty this year. pic.twitter.com/PXyiqy0lg1
— Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (@OHFCSO) June 24, 2018
— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) June 24, 2018
Senator Sherrod Brown offered his condolences on Twitter.
Our hearts go out to the officer’s family, fellow officers and the entire Mentor community. We send our support to the first responders and medical professionals who came to the scene and all those investigating this terrible tragedy. https://t.co/49a8rAfTSC
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) June 24, 2018
Those who work closely with the Mentor Police Department are saddened by the news. It's been an emotional few days for this tight-knit community.
The wives of Mentor Police officers are rallying around one of their own tonight. They plan on putting up signs like this one showing support for the officer killed in the line of duty early this morning during a traffic stop. @WEWS pic.twitter.com/oTGDWliHgS
— Mike Brookbank (@brookbanktv) June 24, 2018
The thoughts and prayers of the entire Mentor school community are with the officer's family and the Mentor Police Department. We enjoy a very close working relationship with MPD and we're shocked and saddened by the news. Our profound condolences.
— Mentor High (@MentorHigh) June 24, 2018
On Monday, officials are expected to release the name of the officer and the suspect in the custody. News 5 will live stream the press conference expected to start at 11 a.m.