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Gov. Mike DeWine orders flags to be flown at half-staff for Toledo police officer killed in line of duty

Posted at 11:06 AM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 11:06:23-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered all flags in Lucas County and at the Ohio Statehouse to be lowered to half-staff on Sunday to honor Toledo police officer Anthony Dia who was killed in the line of duty early Saturday morning.

Officer Dia was responding to a disturbance call when he was shot in the chest just after midnight in the parking lot of a Home Depot by an intoxicated man holding a beer. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said.

Witnesses told police the man shot the officer with a handgun and then went into a wooded area. At some point, officers heard a single gunshot coming from the woods, Kral said. The gunman, only described as a 57-year-old white male, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the head around 3:15 a.m.

DeWine said that the flags are to remain at half-staff from Sunday through his funeral service.

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