COLUMBUS -- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered flags in Toledo and at the Statehouse be lowered to half staff in honor of a Toledo police shot and killed in the line of duty early Saturday morning.
Officer Anthony Dia, 26, was shot while responding to a disturbance in the parking lot of a Home Depot just after midnight, according to published reports.
According to Toledo TV station WTVG, Dia was dispatched to check the well being of a man who reportedly seemed intoxicated.
Witnesses told police the suspect was walking away before turning and firing one shot at Dia, striking him in the chest. Dia was transported to Toledo Hospital, where he later died.
Police later said the 57-year-old suspect, who fled into a wooded area, was found dead a few hours later, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Fran and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death last night of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia in the line of duty," DeWine said.
"We extend our sympathy to his wife and 2-year-old child, his other family members, and his colleagues in the Toledo Police Department. To honor the life and service of Officer Dia, I have ordered that the flags in Lucas County and at the Statehouse be lowered to half staff beginning tomorrow and through his funeral service," DeWine said.
Dia left a wife and two children. A GoFund me page to assist his family has been created with a goal of $150,000.
Dia is the first Toledo police officer killed in the line of duty since 2007.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said Saturday in an email, "Officer Dia lost his life doing what police do during every watch of their lives — trying to help someone. His memory will stand tall forever, a man who was fulfilling his duty in his final act. My heart breaks for the family he left behind."