Police officer shot to death in Toledo

by Laura Mize · Jul 4th, 2020 4:03 pm

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Last Updated Jul 5th, 2020 at 7:56 pm

A 26-year-old Toledo police officer, Anthony Dia, died early Saturday morning after being shot in the chest while in the line of duty.

Dia, who was Muslim and has a two-year-old child, responded shortly after midnight to a call about someone causing trouble in a Home Depot parking lot. Officer Dia reportedly arrived to find a group of people congregating in the lot, which is commonly used as a hang-out and a spot for racing cars.

Shalene Houcke, who witnessed the shooting, said she and friends were gathered in the parking lot when an older man arrived and began making trouble with other people in the parking lot. Someone called police.

Dia responded and attempted to talk to the man, who walked away. The man, 57-year-old Edward Henry, walked behind a shelf of plants and ignored the officer's commands to stop.

Henry turned around, then began firing. He appeared to be intoxicated and had a dog with him.

The officer returned fire before he fell to the ground. Houke said she and a friend went up to Dia.

"He was young, and he was scared," she said.

He asked for help and said he had been shot, then passed out, Houke told The Toledo Blade. Other officers arrived and took Dia to a local hospital, where he soon died.

Henry fled into the woods. Officers reported hearing another shot from the woods and the man was later found dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

In a news conference Saturday, Toledo Police Chief George Kral described his emotion at seeing the scene at the hospital following Dia's death.

"I arrived, and it was a horrific and heartbreaking moment," he said. "And to my dying day, I will never forget the sight of Officer Dia being wheeled out of the hospital on a gurney, his body wrapped in an American flag, flanked by about 30 Toledo police officers saluting and weeping."


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