The Danville, Ohio Police Department is now down to six police officers after one of their seven officers was killed by someone who, according to the suspect’s girlfriend, went out specifically looking for a cop to kill.
Officer Thomas Cottrell’s body was found just after midnight on Sunday behind the Danville Municipal Building. Both is service weapon and his police cruiser were missing.
Police announced the targeted killing of Officer Cottrell on their Facebook page.
The murder of Officer Cottrell happened shortly after police received a phone call from a woman who said the lives of police officers in Danville were in danger. The call came in at 11:20 pm on Sunday night.
The woman’s boyfriend, Herschel Jones III, is the suspect and has a long criminal history. He was captured after a foot chase not long after Officer Cottrell’s body was found.
While police are unsure whether Jones targeted Cottrell specifically as his murder victim, they do believe that he was looking to kill a police officer based upon the warning from his girlfriend. The assassination of Officer Cottrell is currently being investigated.
The war on police has been heating up making life more dangerous for police officers around the country as we have witnessed the rise of the Black Lives Matter black supremacist group. Though many in the group deny that they have called for the murder of police, there have been demonstrations and marches in numerous cities with chants calling for the murder of police officers.
One of the most high-profile assassinations of police which received national media attention were the ambush of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos as they were sitting in their car. The killer was looking to kill police officers and the attack came shortly after Black Lives Matter supporters marched through the streets of New York City chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? NOW!”
Another was the ambush of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth who was ambushed at a gas station in Northwest Houston. The suspect, in that case, targeted Goforth simply because he was a police officer. He was in uniform with his patrol car when the suspect approached him from behind and began firing. He continued firing after Goforth fell, emptying all of his ammunition into the lifeless body of Goforth.